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October 22 Breakfast in Midtown to Focus on the Future of Latino Studies

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

October 22 Breakfast in Midtown to Focus on the Future of Latino Studies


Colin Powell School opens its “Conversations with City” series with a forum on the policy and social contributions of a growing discipline. 

“Conversations with City,” a six-part breakfast series hosted by the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York, is launching its 2014–2015 season with a focus on Latino Studies. The breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, at the University Club in midtown Manhattan. The featured speakers are Edwin Meléndez, director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and professor of urban affairs at Hunter College, and Edward E. Telles, professor of Latin American studies and sociology at Princeton University. They will discuss “Latino Studies: Current Issues and Future Directions.” The Colin Powell School’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute are cohosting the event. 
With the launching of the first Latinas/os Studies Association this summer in Chicago, and with Latinos comprising 17 percent of the population of the United States, understanding the cultural, history, and impact of Latinos is more important than ever. Professors Meléndez and Telles will put into perspective the trends and challenges of a discipline with critical social and policy implications. Professor Meléndez has conducted considerable research in the areas of Latino studies, economic development, labor markets, and poverty. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including Latinos in A Changing Society (2007), and numerous scientific papers and other publications. He is also an active member of the policy community in New York City and has served on many commissions and boards that address labor and employment opportunities.
Professor Telles has written numerous books including Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil (2004), Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation and Race, with Vilma Ortiz (2008); and he co-edited Just Neighbors? Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States (2011). He has recently published articles on race in several Latin American countries and currently directs the Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA). 
Held at the University Club, “Conversations with City” brings the Colin Powell School’s mission of social research, expertise, learning, and leadership to a midtown setting. It provides an open forum for experts, policy makers, community leaders, and others committed to disseminating research and policy information to concerned audiences, particularly those working to redress social, political, and economic disparities. 
What: “Latino Studies: Current Issues and Future Directions
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014   8 a.m. breakfast; 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. discussion 
Where: The University Club, 1 West 54th Street (at 5th Avenue), New York City 
Please RSVP by October 16th to: or 212.650.7396
About the Colin Powell School
Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women’s Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School’s hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City College’s unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence.
About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.