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Symposia & Lectures

The Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Jr. lecture, the Latina/Latino Studies symposium, and the Latina/Latino Studies colloquium series are just three of the many ways that the Department of Latina/Latino Studies engages the community with contemporary Latina/o Studies scholarship and creative work. Inaugurated in March 2006 during the Department's Tenth Anniversary Celebration, the Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Jr. Lecture Series brings prominent Latina/Latino Studies scholars, artists, and writers to campus each year to present on their current projects. Thus far the lectures have focused on areas such as literature, art, film, social activism, and history. The LLS symposium was inaugurated in April 2014 with the symposium titled "Vulnerable Bodies: Latino Health, Migration, and Security." The two-day event brought scholars from across the United States and Mexico. Finally, we have a colloquium series where Latina/Latino Studies postdoctoral fellows and faculty from outside Illinois share their scholarly work. All of these programs function as important forums for intellectual exchange on Latina/Latino issues.