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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 6, 2009

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Juan Gonzalez, Daily News columnist and author of “Harvest of Empire: a History of Latinos in America,” will open a four-day symposium: The Latinoization of the Americas: Structural Realities, Fluid Identities, on Monday, Oct. 12, at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He will speak at 3:45 p.m. on “The 2010 Census, State of the Media and Challenges Facing the U.S. Latino Population.” A reception will follow.

Six additional symposium speakers and panels on literature, politics, media, and film will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. and Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. All panels will be held in the Alumni Lounge in SC-136-138, and are free of charge. The symposium, organized by the Latino/a and Latin American Studies Program, will provide insight into the Latin culture and its impact on society in the past, the concerns of Latinos today, and expected challenges for Latinos in the future. The Symposium embraces the importance of contemporary topics, for not only Latinos but for all of the U.S. population.

The Symposium will also feature a series of related film screenings, including appearances by filmmakers throughout October to mid-November. Filmmakers who will screen and discuss their films include: Marta Bautis, Ramapo professor, showing “Sarayucu: The Rivers of the Corn” on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges, Lorry Salcedo Mitrani, showing “The Fire Within” on Monday, Nov. 9, at 3:45 p.m. in the H-Wing Auditorium, and Gustavo Moretto, showing “Our Disappeared” on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 3:45 p.m., also in the H-Wing Auditorium.

The Latinoization of the Americas Symposium is sponsored by the School of American and International Studies, the School of Contemporary Arts, and the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, is funded by the Platinum Series and is co-sponsored by The Spanish Club, Association of Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA), and Organization for Latino Unity (OLU).

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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