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The following upcoming events are organized or sponsored by the University of Missouri's Cambio Center.

April 20:

The Latin@ Graduate Professional Network presents:

Poesia Viva
Thursday, April 20, 7-9pm

Benton Bingham Ballroom (Memorial Union N214)
with special guest, spoken word artist DAVID A. ROMERO
Join us for a night of celebrating poetry and literature, including readings of original work by community poets and a very special guest performance by David A. Romero. This year’s theme will be based on identity and social justice. Light refreshments will be served.

See flyer.

June 2017:

Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) 16th Annual Conference
Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times

June 14-16, 2017
Plus Extended Education Track on June 16-17
St. Louis, Missouri

The annual Cambio de Colores conference is the leading event regarding immigrants and integration of newcomers in new destination areas.

Cambio de Colores 2017 Advance Information

What is Cambio de Colores?

An annual conference that brings together stakeholders to share fresh knowledge and expertise on all issues related to the arrival of immigrants, with particular emphasis on Latinos in new destination areas of the country. This professional development opportunity engages practitioners, researchers, and those working with immigrant communities in sharing experiences and knowledge that facilitate the integration of newcomers in new settlement areas.

Need to know more? Please check the information “About the Conference” in the website (referred to the 2016 event).  For further announcements,  subscribe to the low-traffic mailing list.

Some advance information to take into account:


Fall 2017:

*This event will be rescheduled from the original March 2017 date to the fall 2017.

"Two Languages in Mind: Bilingualism as a Tool to Investigate Language, Cognition and the Brain"
Dr. Judith Kroll
In Leadership Auditorium in the MU Student Center
New research demonstrates that all languages that are known and used become part of the language system. A critical insight is that bilingualism provides a tool for examining aspects of the cognitive architecture that are otherwise obscured in monolingual speakers.

Abstract: The use of two or more languages is common in most places in the world.  Yet, until recently, bilingualism was considered to be a complicating factor for language processing, cognition, and the brain. In the past 20 years, there has been an upsurge of research that examines the cognitive and neural bases of second language learning and bilingualism and the resulting consequences for cognition and for brain structure and function over the lifespan. Contrary to the view that bilingualism adds complication to the language system, the new research demonstrates that all languages that are known and used become part of the same language system. A critical insight is that bilingualism provides a tool for examining aspects of the cognitive architecture that are otherwise obscured by the skill associated with native language performance in monolingual speakers. In this context, variation in language experience becomes a critical lens for investigating the constraints and plasticity associated with language learning across the lifespan. In this talk, I illustrate this approach to language processing and consider the consequences that bilingualism holds for cognition and the neural networks that support it more generally.

Past Events

April 10 & 11, 2017:

“I want them to feel alegría.” Examining Translingual Literacies and Affective Solidarities Among Diverse Adolescent Youth

Dr. ZapataBy Dr. Angie Zapata
Monday, April 10, at 12p-1p
Student Center Room 2205A
In a dynamic, networked landscape of global citizenship characterized by diaspora, migration, immigration, and transnational political, economic, and cultural relations, a reorientation in language and literacy practice is essential (Canagarajah, 2013; Lu & Horner, 2014; Pennycook, 2016). For this presentation, Dr. Zapata asks, what composing process/texts are produced when ideologies and practices of linguistic purism and commanding Standardized English are decentered in the writing classroom, and a more expansive view of language and composition re/shapes what counts as writing?  Dr. Zapata will discuss the promise and possibilities of a more democratic and expansive view of language as translingual, and writing as entangled with materials, space, and affective solidarities.

Bilingualism and Aphasia: Two Distinct Platforms that Provide Converging Evidence on the Relationship Between Language Production and Comprehension

Dr. BotezatuBy Dr. Roxana Botezatu
Tuesday, April 11, at 12p-1p

Student Center Room 2206A
Bilingualism and aphasia have been traditionally employed as separate platforms for investigating the cognitive mechanisms underlying language production and comprehension. In this talk, Dr. Botezatu employs bilingualism and aphasia as tools to evaluate whether resolving lexical competition during spoken word comprehension engages the same mechanisms as selecting an individual word from a set of candidates for production. She tests this hypothesis by examining whether narrative speech production fluency is associated with sensitivity to phonological neighborhood density -- a robust measure of resolving lexical competition during speech recognition. Classroom learners of a second language (L2) who varied on measures of L2-Spanish proficiency, individuals with post-stroke aphasia who varied on measures of fluency in the absence of comprehension deficits and age-matched controls identified spoken English words presented in moderate noise. The words either came from high-density neighborhoods (e.g., BAG) or low-density neighborhoods (e.g., BALL). Age-matched control participants exhibited the standard inhibitory effect of phonological neighborhood density on response times: slower recognition of spoken words from denser neighborhoods. The critical finding was that the inhibitory effect of phonological neighborhood density was greater for learners with lower L2 fluency as well as for individuals with aphasia with lower fluency. These converging results from bilingualism and aphasia are consistent with the view that language production and comprehension share a lexical selection mechanism.

February 2017

Black History Month: Documentary Screenings on Afro-Cuban Artists
With remarks and discussion with Director and Producer Juanamaria Cordones-Cook
Thursday, February 23 at 7pm
Memorial Union Stotler Lounge 3

The Premiere Screening at MU of:
(2017). ca 34 minutes

This documentary presents the oral history of Zuleica Romay, an award winning writer and a remarkable cultural leader, president of the Cuban Book Institute (2009-2016), and director of the Program of Afro American Studies at Casa de las Americas, since 2016. In her testimonial, Romay shares her life journey going back to her ancestral memories. She discusses her humble background and early experiences, her reflections on her development and her human environment, the awakening of her interest in books, the role of religion in her family. Romay reveals her independent and rebellious spirit, and at the same time her loyalty to the ideals of the Cuban Revolution that gave her the opportunity to be educated. In addition she discusses her thoughts about race in Cuba, the racialized vision of people, the naturalization of prejudice, as well as racism and racial discrimination in 21st century Cuba. Zuleica Romay asserts the need to have a ubiquitous social debate on racial issues, as well as a struggle against racism at several levels in order to give the problem and its consequences the visibility they deserve.

And screening of:
ca. 30 minutes with English subtitles.
Direction and production by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook.
This film is a presentation of a writer, Africanist, scholar of folklore, and religion, and founder of the National Folkloric Ballet. Through conversations with Furé and other prominent Afro-Cuban intellectuals, as well as images of religious rituals and dances of the National Folkloric Ballet and the Olurum Group, the film discloses layers of Cuba's rich cultural heritage and African legacy. It portrays Furé as a contemporary griot, a repository of oral tradition who recovers and guards Afro-Cuban and Caribbean silenced memories and true identity.

Sponsored by MU Black History Month Committee, The University of Missouri, MU Cambio Center, Latino Graduate Professional Network, and MU Voz Latina.

See and share poster.

June 2016:

Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Fifteenth Annual Conference
Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue and Opportunities

June 8-10, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

The annual Cambio de Colores conference is the leading event regarding immigrants and integration of newcomers in Missouri, the Midwest, and new destination states.



April 2016:

Cambio Center cosponsored:

April 13, 2016: LGPN's Theatre of the Oppressed: Workshop and Performance

April 27-30, 2016: Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance conference and events

April 29, 2016: HDFS sponsored Dr. Tamis-LeMonda talk on "Culture, Context and Communication:
Foundations to Learning and Development"


February 2016:

Afro-Latino Memory Through Film
February 4, 6-8pm in Middlebush Hall 12

This film-lovers event gives you the opportunity to look at the arts and identity,
and the organization for rights and well-being. The screening includes:

“Nancy Morejon: Paisajes Célebres (Famous Landscapes)” is a documentary about the
most widely translated Latin American Poet. Her writings address contemporary issues of
ethnicity, gender, history, and Afro-Cuban identity. Written and directed by Juanamaria

“Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital” is an upbeat film
about how an Afro-Indigenous community got fed up and built their own hospital.
Directed by Beth Geglia and Jesse Freeston.

This event is cosponsored by MU Black History Month Committee, MU Voz Latina, the Cambio Center, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

October 2015: AfroIndigenous Hondurans in Resistance: US Drug War, Violent Displacement, and Migration; October 6th at 6:00pm, in Tate Hall room 215. The Cambio Center cosponsored guest speaker Alfredo Lopez. See poster.


2015 Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Fourteenth Annual Conference
Latinos in the Heartland - Shaping the Future: Leadership for Inclusive Communities

June 10-12, 2015
University of Missouri – Kansas City


Cambio 10 years


This fall, MU’s Cambio Center celebrates 10 years of research and outreach on Latinos and changing communities in Missouri. The center invites you to learn more about its research and its Fellows’ research in the following events in November, 2014, and a display of the Cambio Center's work in the Ellis Library Colonnade during the month of December.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Panel: The Educational and Developmental Experiences (and Challenges) of Latinos in Missouri and Beyond 
205 Townsend Hall (College of Education)

A panel featuring Cambio Center fellows:

Emily Crawford (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis),
Lisa Dorner (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis),
Alejandra Gudiño (Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Extension),
Angie Zapata (Language and Literacy Education)

Latino children from immigrant families are one of the fastest growing groups in the US, yet they typically enter public school systems that lack funds and struggle to provide equitable educational experiences for all. Not addressing this issue will result in challenges in the future of our country. It’s critical to understand the challenges that face Latino youth, as well as the positive developmental opportunities that they have. This panel will present research, policies, and best practices to understand and enhance Latino youth’s well-being and success in U.S. schools.

Refreshments will be provided.


Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:00pm-1:00pm

Seminar: The Academic Adaptation of Immigrant Newcomers with Interrupted Schooling & Schools’ Grade-Level Placement Policies
Memorial Union S203 (Arvarh E. Strickland Room)
Part of the Truman School of Public Affairs Seminar Series

Research seminar presented by Cambio Center fellow Dr. Stephanie Potochnick (Truman School of Public Affairs and Masters of Public Health)

Research from the 1990s suggests that 10- 20% of foreign-born youth experience interrupted schooling in their home countries that leaves them woefully unprepared for age-appropriate U.S. grade-level content. Large-scale research on foreign-born youth with interrupted schooling, however, is limited. This research uses data from the Educational Longitudinal Study to estimate the percent of foreign-born youth with interrupted schooling, assess schools’  placement decisions, and evaluate these youth’s academic outcomes.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 3:00pm-4:30pm

The Cambio Center’s First Ten Years of Groundbreaking Research
MU Student Center - Leadership Auditorium

A panel including Cambio Center fellows:
Lisa Flores (Educational, School & Counseling Psychology),
Eleazar Gonzalez (Community Development),
Stephen Jeanetta (Rural Sociology),
Corinne Valdivia (Agricultural and Applied Economics)

The Cambio Center has had four groundbreaking research projects focused on Latino communities in the Midwest. This panel will highlight some of the most compelling findings from these research activities. Projects include studies on:

1. Latino Newcomer’s Asset Accumulation in Three Rural Communities; 
2. Immigrant Integration and Sustainable Rural Development; 
3. Improving the Use of USDA Programs among Latino Farmers; and 
4. Missouri Health Literacy Enhancement  Demonstration Project.

Cambio de Colores 2013 - Latinos in the Heartland
Positive Steps Toward a Pluralist Society
June 12-14, 2013, St. Louis, Missouri
Twelfth Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants

December 5, 2012: Cambio Center Research Webinar: "Methodological Approaches and Considerations for Community Action Research with Latino Communities" - from the 3-year research project Immigrant Integration & Sustainable Rural Development: Linking Receiving & Newcomer Communities, funded by Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, USDA. Webinar sponsored by the Sponsored by NCERA-216 – Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities and The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. (Flyer)

Cambio de Colores 2012 - Latinos in the Heartland: At the Crossroads: ¿Incorporation or Marginalization?
Eleventh Annual Cambio de colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants
June 13-15, 2012, Columbia, Missouri

Cambio de Colores 2011 - Latinos in the Heartland: "Migration and Shifting Human Landscapes" 
Tenth Annual Cambio de colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants
June 8-10, 2011, Kansas City, Missouri
Conference Director: Domingo Martínez, Cambio Center, University of Missouri.

Cambio de Colores 2010 - Latinos in the Heartland: "Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities"
Ninth Annual Cambio de colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants
Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri, May 24-26, 2010
Conference Director: Domingo Martínez, Cambio Center, University of Missouri.

Cambio de Colores 2009 - Latinos in the Heartland
Eighth Annual Cambio de colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants May 18-20, 2009, at the Millennium Center, University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Conference Chair: Domingo Martínez, Cambio Center director.

Coloquio Internacional "Migrantes regionales en las Américas. Casos de Argentina, Brasil, Chile y Estados Unidos" (International Colloquium “Regional Migrants in the Américas. Cases of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and the United States”)
A Cambio Center Strategic Initiatives project, in cooperation with Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Chile, and the Centro de Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos (CEMLA).
September 8-9, 2008, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(More information available - in Spanish)

1st Student Midwest Latino Research Symposium: Los Pioneros del Futuro
(September 26-27, 2008)
This Symposium has been cancelled. Please stay tuned to the Cambio de Colores 2009 conference that will cover some of the issues.

Cambio de Colores 2008 - Uniting Cultures / Uniendo Culturas
Seventh Annual Cambio de Colores Conference on integration of immigrants and changing communities.
April 7-9, 2008, Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri
Conference Chair: Lisa Flores, Cambio Center fellow.

Cambio de Colores 2007 - Everyone Together / Todos juntos
Sixth Annual Cambio de Colores Conference on integration of immigrants and changing communities.
April 2-4, 2007, Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri
Conference Chair: Christina Vasquez-Case, Cambio Center fellow.

Regional Workshop: Cambio de Colores in Southwest Missouri: A Workshop for Healthier Communities
Crowder College, Neosho, Missouri - September 29, 2006
This was the first one-day event organized by the Cambio Center, with support of Crowder College, Ozark Regional Alliance, MU Extension, and Missouri State University, to extend the annual conference to different regions of the state.
Details at the Workshop's website.

Cambio de Colores 2006 - Latinos in Missouri: Beyond Borders
Fifth annual conference on immigration and changing communities
April 19-21, 2006, Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri
Conference Chair: Anne Dannerbeck, Cambio Center fellow.

Brown Bag Seminars

The Cambio Center hosts Brown Bag seminars, open to the public. The following academic event was a special Cambio Center Research Seminar that wrapped up the academic calendar 2005-06:

Multi-state Retreat: Latinos in the Heartland: The Need for a Collaborative Research Agenda (January 13-14, 2006)

This was a small-group, open discussion retreat bringing together researchers of Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, currently involved in Latino-focused projects or who desire to become part of a regional group of scholars conducting collaborative research in this broad area. A report will follow.