Now in its fourth year, the Texas Tech University Hispanic/Latinx Research and Creativity Symposium was held March 28-29 and welcomed faculty and students from several academic departments. The keynote speaker of the event was Angharad N. Valdivia, Ph.D., professor in the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The conference is an annual event hosted by the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Communication to advance research and creative activity related to Hispanic and Latinx studies.
"This symposium gives us the opportunity to bring together people working in multiple disciplines, and the presence of Dr. Valdivia as the keynote speaker was highly relevant as her work has a unique perspective," said Héctor Rendón, Ph.D., assistant director of the Harris Institute.
(Dr. Valdivia presenting at the Texas Tech University Hispanic/Latinx Research and Creativity Symposium.)
"Given that Texas Tech has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institute, these types of events highlight the importance of the Hispanic population not only in Texas, but for the rest of the U.S. and the world," Rendón said. "Events like this are even more necessary now given the current political and social circumstances."
(Dr. Valdivia speaks with a CoMC student in the Harris Institute.)
Established in 2006, the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Communication promotes a better understanding of Hispanic-related and international media communication through research, teaching and community outreach. It is named after Thomas Jay Harris, a former editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, who was an advocate of international and cross-cultural education.
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