Event: Actor, activist and philanthropist Eva Longoria will deliver the 2012 Lozano Long Conference keynote address. The conference theme is "Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latino/a America" and is sponsored by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and Center for Mexican American Studies.
When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tickets will be released Wednesday, Feb. 15, at noon. Reserve a seat.
Seating for ticketholders will begin at 3:45 p.m. Please print event ticket as proof of registration. Ticketholders are not guaranteed a seat after 4:10 p.m., when any remaining seats will be allotted to those in the stand-by line.
Where: Student Activities Center Auditorium 1.402, 2201 Speedway.
Conference Background: The Lozano Long Conference will focus on U.S. Central American populations that have been critical in the reconfiguration of Latino/a studies in the first decade of the 21st century. This scholarly conversation and cultural interchange is of paramount importance, considering the continuous growth, visibility and significance of Central Americans in the United States and as part of the Latino/a landscape.
Actor, activist and philanthropist Eva Longoria will address some of the principal challenges in this changing Latino landscape, such as the current debate surrounding the DREAM Act, that are complicating the cultural concept of Latinidad. Longoria is a supporter of the DREAM Act.
Longoria's keynote address will be followed by a QandA session. All reserved ticketholders will have an opportunity to submit a conference-themed question for consideration. LLILAS is also accepting questions via Facebook for a chance to win a ticket. Those people whose questions are selected will have the opportunity to ask them directly to Longoria during the QandA session. The submission period ends on Monday, Feb. 20.
About Longoria: Longoria is founder of Eva's Heroes and the national spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cáncer. She is executive producer and host for the National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards and executive producer of the documentary, "The Harvest," which focuses on the 500,000 child migrant farm workers in the United States.
A board member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the nation's leading Latino legal and civil rights organization, Longoria works closely with the United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She was named "Philanthropist of the Year" by the Hollywood Reporter, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety's 2011 Power of Women luncheon and selected by President Barack Obama for the National Museum of the American Latino Commission. In 2009 Longoria enrolled in a master's program in Chicano studies and political science at Cal State University, Northridge, and is completing course work in preparation of a thesis on Latina education.