Karl Eschbach
Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez
Top photo: Karl Eschbach
Bottom photo: Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

S.A. Hispanic journalists host Latino issues forum

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 10, 2008)--The San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists will host the second annual Latino Issues Forum, "Hispanic Research for You and Your Family," at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12 in the Providence West Social Room at Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 S.W. 24th St.

Free and open to the public, the forum will showcase some of the top Hispanic researchers in South Texas from San Antonio, San Marcos and Austin. Research topics will include education, elections, history, medicine and media.

The master of ceremonies will be Ernie Zuniga, morning anchor of KABB TV's "Fox News First." Following brief presentations, research panelists will participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Forum panelists will include:

Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, associate director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, spearheaded the national "Defend the Honor" campaign, which led to the inclusion of 14 minutes of interviews with Hispanic veterans in Ken Burns' PBS documentary on World War II. Over the last decade, her U.S. Latino and Latina World War II oral history project has collected interviews with more than 600 Hispanics across the country.

Karl Eschbach, Texas State Data Center interim director and UTSA associate professor in the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, has provided demographic information on racial and ethnic populations, neighborhoods and health populations in Texas.

Rodolfo Rosales is a UTSA associate professor of political science. His articles, "The Impact of Immigration on Citizenship" and "Citizen to the Community: The Dialectics of a Collective Citizenship," were presented in Montreal and San Diego. He is working on a third paper, "The Epistemology of Culture and Agency," to present in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 and a fourth paper to present in Vancouver. His research focuses on open theoretical and political investigation of citizenship and community in a global economy.

Federico Subervi is director of the Latinos and Media Project and a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos. His research projects include the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' "Network Brownout in 2005: The Portrayal of Latinos in Network Television News." Subervi also wrote and edited the book, "The Mass Media and Latino Politics."

Dr. Liliana Oakes serves as the fellowship geriatric coordinator for curriculum development in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is principal investigator for the research program, "Cuidando Con Respeto," which addresses the needs in the Latino community of caregivers of patients with dementia. Her research interests include geriatric education in primary care and multidisciplinary care of the elderly, ethics and end-of-life issues.

For more information, call (210) 458-5116.

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