Cambio Center News - October 2007
Upcoming activities organized or sponsored by the Cambio Center:
Friday November 9th, 7 PM – Special Lecture by 1992 Nobel
Peace Prize Rigoberta Menchú Tum
“Healing Communities Torn by Racism and Violence”
This is a unique opportunity to hear an important Latin American and indigenous leader, who won the Nobel Prize for her work in Guatemala to combat racism and violence from the 1980’s to the present day.
Lecture brochure available (PDF)
The official Nobel Prize biography and other references about her life and work.
Free and open to the public.
Memorial Union N201-202, MU
Wednesday November 14th, Noon – Cambio Center Brown Bag Talk by
Denice Atkins about literacy and culture
“Vernacular and Dominant Literacies in the Latino Community”
Denice Atkins, MU School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT), Cambio Center fellow
Literacy is not only a functional skill but a social practice, and that practice is used to communicate within and between cultures. This ethnographic observation of literacy practices finds three primary literacy motivations in the Latino Community: 1) Economic Support, 2) Defining Identity, and 3) Defining Community
Free and open to the public. (You can bring your lunch.)
Flyer available (PDF)
At the Cambio Center: 301 Gentry Hall, MU
Call for Deans’ Nominations for the Global Scholars Program for
The MU Council on International Initiatives announces the tenth year of the Global Scholars Project, a faculty curriculum development project that encourages faculty to internationalize their courses.
The countries selected for the 2008 program are Peru and Mongolia
Nomination Deadline: January 15, 2008
More details can be found in the International Center’s 2008 Call for Nominations page.
Eighth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations,
Communities and Nations, HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes
Commerciales), University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 17-20 June
The Diversity Conference has a history of bringing together scholarly, government and practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of diversity and community.
Deadline is November 8th, 2007 – Details at their website.
Publications of Interest
The Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of U.S. Public
Schools, Washington, DC: Pew Hispanic Center, August 2007.
A new analysis of public school enrollment data by the Pew Hispanic Center finds that in the dozen years from 1993-94 to 2005-06,
Roger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angeles:
Between Here and There: How Attached Are Latino Immigrants to
Their Native Country?
Washington, DC: Pew Hispanic Center, October 2007.
The attachment of Latino immigrants to their native country is related to where they came from, their age at arrival, and their years in the U.S, and their attitudes toward the U.S.
Books available at the Cambio Center
Philippe Legrain: Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them,
Princeton University Press, June 2007.
From the book’s pitch: “Why are ever-rising numbers of people from poor countries arriving in Europe, North America and Australasia? Can we keep them out? Should we even be trying?