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5th Annual La Academia del Pueblo Conference

Friday, April 25, 2014
12:00 AM
McGregor Center 495 Ferry Mall Detroit, MI 48202

Friday, April 25
This two day conference kicks off with a screening of the film From Hip Hop to Mambo: A South Bronx Tale in El Salón de Nuestra Cultura (150 General Lectures), followed by a community panel discussion led by WSU alumnus Ozzie Rivera, artist Dez Hernandez, and representatives from 5e Gallery and The Raiz Up Hip Hop Collective.

Saturday, April 26
The theme of this year's conference is: "El Movimiento 2.0: Youth, Identity, Empowerment" and will include panel presentations by faculty, graduate students, and community members and undergraduate poster presentations. This event will feature research spanning areas which include environmental justice, immigration rights, Black-Brown coalition building, Latino/a educational attainment, youth mobilization in Texas around attacks on ethnic studies, migrant farm worker student movements, and more.

The morning plenary will be delivered by Dr. Rubén O. Martinez, Director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University on “Learning from the Leadership of Latino College Presidents”. Dr. Martinez is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with the Michigan State University Press. He has co-authored Chicanos in Higher Education (1993) and Diversity Leadership in Higher Education (2007) and recently co-edited a volume on Latino College Presidents: In Their Own Words, published in 2013.

The keynote address for the event will be delivered by Dr. Andreana Clay, Associate Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University and author of The Hip Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics which explores how youth activists of color organize in the post-civil rights era. In her articles, she also studies hip-hop culture, queer sexuality, popular cultures and hip-hop feminism. She blogs at QueerBlackFeminist.

Featured authors for a literary reading scheduled as part of the conference proceedings include Lolita Hernández, reading from her new book of short fiction, Making Callaloo in Detroit (WSU Press, 2014) and Clayton Eshleman, reading from The Complete Poetry of César Vallejo (University of California Press, 2009), his book of translations of the great Peruvian poet.

The conference will culminate with a multi-generational Open Mic event cosponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and community members from the 5e Gallery, a non-profit visual art and hip-hop culture gallery.

Do not hesitate to direct questions to or call 313-577-4378.

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