WWU hosts Latin American Studies Forum March 3

Western will host the third annual Latin American Studies Forum Thursday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event will kick off with a virtual Latinx Linguistic Special Session from 10-11:30 a.m., titled "Landscaping the Linguistic of University Campuses as a Culturally Sustaining Practice. A Linguistic Social Justice Issue."

The rest of the event will be in person with events located throughout Miller Hall, starting with student presentations and tables for Academic Advising, Study Abroad and the Latin American Studies program in the Miller Hall Collaborative Space from 12-1:30 p.m.

From 2-3:30 p.m. in Miller Hall 131, a round table discussion will explore identities and labels such as Hispanic and Latinx and discuss how people self-identify and are identified by systems.

The forum will end with a keynote address from 4-5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall 138, "Cimarrón Citizenship: Luis Felipe Dessús and Afro-Puerto Rican Middle-Class Politics in Early Twentieth Century" presented by Ileana M. Rodríguez-Silva, Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at the University of Washington-Seattle.

The forum is sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, American Cultural Studies, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Department of History, the Latin American Studies Program and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.