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UNC Latina/o Studies Program

The UNC Latina/o Studies Program is the first and oldest of its kind in the Southeast, initiated in 1999 through courses and a speaker series, then developed into an undergraduate minor that was made official Fall 2004, and subsequently expanded through other components since then. The Director of the program, María DeGuzmán, along with undergraduate and graduate students associated with it, will present some of its scholarly, pedagogical, curatorial, and creative contributions to our department, to the university as a whole, to our region in its relation to many parts of the globe, and to the eastern seaboard.

The Director will give a brief history of the program, as it began in Fall 1999 with The UNC Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series, which  has brought to campus over 100 scholars, creative writers, and performers. Next, some of our undergraduate minors will share their exciting research and other creative Latina/o Studies endeavors. Their presentations will be followed by those of our graduate students and postdocs on their cutting-edge research, teaching, and program building. This engaging tour of the dynamic, ever-evolving UNC Latina/o Studies Program will be followed by the Charanga Carolina band’s performance.

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