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Past Events

2015 UNT LMAS Program Student Conference

Held in the BLB building on APRIL 11, 2015 FROM 8:00 a.m. to about 8:00 p.m. Please see other links in this website for more detailed information!

UNT College of Education Conference on Education and Culture will be held May 1, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information on the Conference on Education and Culture, please visit


Platica InterActiva Series is an interactive conversational forum between UNT researchers and UNT students designed to promote awareness of UNT research in the LMAS fields. This is an opportunity for all students to actively discuss with known UNT researchers how these researchers perform their research, what struggles they face in performing research and any other question that may be relevant or in the mind of students.


Associate Professor from World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Teresa Marrero will present "What Korean Soap Operas Taught Me: A Fascinating Look at Being Latina and Transnational" lecture from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lang 109 on April 26, 2015. Please join Dr. Marrero for a fascinating lecture! The event is free and open to the public!

Assistant Professor Dr. Sandra Mendiola Garcia will present "Street Vending, Chicano Theater, and Mexican History" on February 26, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in LANG 109. Please join Dr. Mendiola Garcia in this intriguing lecture. The event is free and open to the public!

Associate Professor Dr. Mariela Nunez-Janes will present "Superheroes Among Us: What Undocumented Youth Can Teach Us About Rising About the Power of Rising Above Injustice" on January 23, 2015 from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in BLB 090. Please join Dr. Mariela Nunez-Janes for an interesting discussion on her research on undocumented youth!

Professor Dr. Alicia Re Cruz will present "From the Barrio to the Border Going Through Maya Milpas" on November 21, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Wooten Hall 113. Please join us for an intriguing and interesting lecture on the research conducted by Dr. Alicia Re Cruz! This is a great opportunity to interact and ask questions to a prominent LMAS researcher!

Dr. Amanda Mink's Lecture "Mapping Culture Across Borders: Music Research and U.S.-Mexico Relations in the 1930s and 40s.

Dr. Amanda Minks, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology at the Univ. of Oklahoma will hold a lecture on Wednesday, March 11 @ 4pm in room #321, Music Building (Ave C). This lecture is sponsored by the Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology. The lecture is free and open to the public. The abstract of the lecture is:

In the 1930s and 40s, recording technology and music research were increasingly put to work in the documentation of local musics as a representation of regional, national, or universal human heritage in the Americas. This work was carried out under the auspices of national and international organizations that crafted cultural policies along with hierarchies of difference and value. The intellectual, political, and artistic interaction between Mexico and the United States was especially intimate and multilayered due to their shared history and border. In this presentation, I will examine how U.S. music researchers such as Charles Seeger, Henrietta Yurchenco, and Alan Lomax engaged (or failed to engage) with Mexican music, and how their projects intersected with broader inter-American politics. I argue for a more nuanced view of a history that is usually reduced to either celebratory homage of disciplinary forebears or critical dismissal of cultural imperialism. This analysis helps to recover the role of Mexican and other Latin American musics in the development of ethnomusicology as a discipline and practice. More broadly, it historicizes the contemporary discourse of Latino influence in the U.S. by emphasizing the deep roots of Latin American music in U.S. territory, and the long- term mutual influence between the U.S. and Mexico in cultural and political realms.

Join us on February 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. at SAGE Hall room 116 (Reception following at 8:00 p.m.) for a special discussion on "Latino-Black Relations in American Politics" between prominent scholars of racial and ethnic studies. Rodney Hero, President of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy at the University of California, Berkely and Alvin B. Tillery Jr., APSA National Program Chair for 2015 and Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University will be the prime speakers heading this discussion.

The UNT Distinguished Lecture Series Presents:

 Maria Hinojosa. Join us on Monday, November 17th at 8pm in the Auditorium.

Lecturer will be held on NOVEMBER 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the UNT Auditorium.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is proud to present Maria Hinojosa, Journalist & News Correspondent for NPR changing the cultural and political landscape for Latinos in the U.S.

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning trailblazer in news and investigative journalism. Her over 25-year history reporting on critical issues and focusing on the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad have won her the highest levels of recognition in journalism, including: four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, among other awards.

She is currently the anchor and executive producer of NPR's long-running weekly program, Latino USA, celebrating its 20 year anniversary and considered the program of record for Latino news, culture and issues of critical importance to the Latino community and that impact the US population.

Throughout her career, she has helped define the conversation about our times and our society with one of the most authentic voices in broadcast. Her investigative journalism and presentations press for truth while giving voice to lives and stories that illuminate the world we live in.

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