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Past Events

Virtual roundtable discussion: "Communication Amid a Pandemic: Global Responses to the COVID-19 Threats"

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1:00-2:15 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only disrupted social dynamics, but also highlighted shortcomings and vulnerabilities in societies' economic, political, cultural, and health systems. Communication has been central to both the disruptions and our efforts to ameliorate them. Seemingly overnight, already-salient issues such as the immediacy of information distribution, the validity of news and information, and public belief in science assumed life or death consequences. Thus, the world faces not only a global health crisis but a communication crisis as well. The panel presentations and discussion to follow aim to inform the audience about communication behaviors and outcomes related to the pandemic in societies across the globe.


Rauf Arif, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Journalism & Creative Media Industries.

Ioana Coman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Relations.

Leo Eko, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism & Creative Media Industries.

Uyanga Bazaa, Doctoral Student, College of Media and Communication.

Gabriel Dominguez Partida, Doctoral Student, Assistant Director of the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication.


Kent Wilkinson, Ph.D., Director of the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication.

Watch the video here.


5th Texas Tech University Hispanic/Latinx Research & Creativity Symposium

Thursday April 23, 2020 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This virtual symposium featured research and creative work by TTU faculty, staff, and graduate students, including presentations and panel discussions of Teaching at a Hispanic Serving Institution, Translation & Interpretation Pedagogies, Chicanx-Latinx Perspectives, and Images and Perceptions of Latinx Communities, among others. 

It also featured a distinguished keynote address by Dr. Aron Aji of the University of Iowa who spoke on "Literary Translation and Global Communication." 

You can watch the recorded sessions by clicking in the panel's name.

Virtual Symposium Schedule

Thursday, April 23, 2020

11:00 a.m.Panel 1: Hispanic-Serving Institution Teaching Panel

12:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Aron Aji (Univ. of Iowa) “Literary Translation and Global Communication”

1:00 p.m.Panel 2: Translation and Interpretation Pedagogy Strategies

2:15 p.m.Panel 3: Chicanx-Latinx Working Group

3:30 p.m.Panel 4: Latin America and Its Diasporas

5:00 p.m. Panel 5: Images, Perceptions and Their Impacts on Latinx Communities

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Community Conversation & Film Screening

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Matador Room, 2nd floor – Student Union Building, Texas Tech University
Free and open to the public | Reception to follow

How can Texas cities take a lead role in the immigration debate?

Together with the United States and Mexico Center at Rice University, the Harris Institute is co-organizing a forum regarding immigration for the evening of Monday, October 14, in the Student Union Building on campus. The event will consist of discussion among several experts on immigration/international affairs and discussion with the audience. There will also be a brief screening of a video produced by a partner of the Rice group, Rational Middle. Reception to follow. 


Rossy Evelin Lima, Ph.D., Poet, Scholar and Activist, TTU
Chris Lyon, Writer and Producer, Rational Middle
Tony Payan, Ph.D., Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Rice University
David Strange, J.D., Immigration Attorney, Whittenberg & Strange P.C.


Héctor Rendón, Ph.D., Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Communication, Texas Tech University.


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