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Immigration and race are topics of talks

Nov. 23, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Immigration and race are topics of lectures Sunday and Monday, Dec. 5-6, sponsored by Western Michigan University.

Photo of Dr. Arlene Tores.Dr. Arlene Torres, of the City University of New York, is the final speaker in the RACE Speaker Series, one of the many activities WMU is scheduling as part of the national touring exhibit, "RACE: Why Are We So Different?," which will be at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum through Jan. 2. The free, public lectures are sponsored by WMU's Department of Anthropology and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

"Latino Settlements and Immigration Debates: What Do Race and Culture Have To Do With It?" is the topic at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Torres also will speak on "'Blanqueamiento' (Whitening) and the (Im)Migrant Trek North: Its Implications for the Afro-Latina/O Diaspora" at noon Monday, Dec. 6, in Room 1115 of Moore Hall.

Torres is the director of the Latino Faculty Recruitment Initiative at CUNY. She is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in Caribbean, Latino and Latin American Studies, and an associate professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. Torres received her doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information, contact Dr. Kristina Wirtz at kristina.wirtz@wmich.edu or (269) 387-0408.

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