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In Partnership with The William C. Velasquez Institute, PBS Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Univision America's Fernando Espuelas to Moderate a National Conversation with Latino Leaders about Critical Issues like the Economy, Healthcare, Education and ImmigrationCHICAGO,
April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of the historic political muscle flexed by America's 50-million-strong Latino community in the 2012 elections,
PBS broadcaster Tavis Smiley, in partnership with The William C. Velasquez Institute, is gathering America's Latino leaders in the nation's third-largest Latino market for "
LATINO NATION: Beyond The Numbers,"
Saturday, April 6, 2013, at
Chicago State University, 9501 South King Drive,
This all-day symposium will include 2 three-hour panel discussions, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Smiley will moderate the morning panel, and
Univision America's syndicated radio host Fernando Espuelas will moderate in the afternoon. Doors open at
7:30 a.m. for this free and open-to-the-public event. Advance registration is required online at
"Whether of Mexican, Cuban, South American or
Caribbean heritage, America's destiny is forever linked to its recognition and understanding of its diverse Latino citizens," said Smiley. "Gone forever are the days of painting Latinos as a monolithic or insignificant community. In many respects, as the Latino community goes, so goes America."
During the nationally televised symposium, panelists will examine the full range of Latino social, political, economic and cultural influence on American life. According to the Pew Research Hispanic Center, Latinos are the largest minority group now on America's college campuses, including 44 percent of those attending college in
Chicago. More than 46 percent of Latinos are homeowners in this country, and 67 percent of those live in the Windy City. Also, "
LATINO NATION" panelists will challenge stereotypes that plague the 14 million Latino voters, whose ranks grow by approximately 20 percent every four years.
Confirmed and invited panelists include:
president of The William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI);
U.S. Representative (D-IL);
Eva Longoria, actress and activist;
Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF;
senior attorney and director, La Onda Verde de NRDC;
director of Latino Affairs at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL);
executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC);
chairman of the Latino Coalition and former administrator of the Small Business Administration;
Ana Navarro, Republican political strategist;
commissioner, District 7,
Cook County, Illinois;
Stephanie Sanchez, student trustee board member of
Chicago State University;
professor of Ethnic Studies at the
University of California, Berkeley;
Mary Rose Wilcox, supervisor, District 5,
Maricopa County, Arizona;
Xavier Gutierrez, president and chief investment officer of Meruelo Capital Partners;
Bettina Inclan, director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee;
Domingo Garcia, Law Offices of
Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; and others.
LATINO NATION: Beyond The Numbers' promises to shatter the skewed lens through which much of America still view us," said
Antonio Gonzalez, president of The William C. Velasquez Institute. "Tens of millions of viewers will get unprecedented access to Latino thinking and insights on a range of issues rarely heard before."
Highlights from this symposium will air over three consecutive nights on
Tavis Smiley on
Wednesday, April 10 through
Friday, April 12, 2013. Additionally, selected portions of "
LATINO NATION" can be heard on
The Tavis Smiley Show, distributed through
Public Radio International (PRI),
the weekend of
C-SPAN will broadcast the conversation in its entirety the week of
April 29. Those not in the
Chicago area can watch the symposium LIVE online or on mobile at
www.USTREAM.com/latinonation, and everyone can engage in the conversation by using the Twitter hashtag #TheLatinoNation2013.
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