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8th Texas Tech University Hispanic/Latinx Research & Creativity Symposium

March 23, 2023 | Hybrid Modality

Call for Papers and Creative Projects:
Submit proposals by Monday, February 20, 2023. Read the call for papers.

The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Communication and Institute for Latino/a Studies are pleased to announce the 8th Texas Tech University Hispanic/Latinx Research and Creativity Symposium to be held Thursday, March 23, 2023. The symposium will be held in person and virtually (subject to change). It will feature research and creative work connected to Hispanic/Latinx topics by TTU faculty, staff, and students—graduate and undergraduate—working in any discipline. The symposium's continuing goal is to feature the work of Texas Tech scholars and artists as we continue to build strength as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Call for Undergraduate Student Artists:
Artists of all diverse backgrounds are invited to help us display how YOU showcase your sense of Latinx "orgullo y poder." First, second and third place prizes Please submit your work by March 1st in a PDF, MP4 or JPG file or link, with a 250-word abstract. Any form of tangible art may be submitted, initially via photo or video. 

Submit your artwork for Orgullo y Poder - Pride & Power


Past Events

7th Texas Tech University Hispanic/Latinx Research & Creativity Symposium, March 30, 2022 

The Hispanic and Latin American Video Gaming Experience: Imagery, Industry & Audience, Feb. 25 - 26, 2022. [Learn more]

6th Texas Tech University Hispanic/Latinx Research & Creativity Symposium. Thursday, April 22, 2021.

This virtual symposium featured research and creative work by TTU faculty, staff, and graduate students, including presentations and panel discussions of a burgeoning Latin American & Iberian Studies program at TTU, Hispanic/Latinx and international students' discussion of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them, and eight research presentations on contemporary Hispanic/Latinx communities and media representations of those communities.

The symposium featured a keynote address and discussion of "Best Practices of Successful Hispanic Serving Institutions" from 12:30-1:45, featuring Dean Jesse Pérez Mendez and Prof. Lucy Arellano of TTU's College of Education. 

Please, click on the link in each panel to access the video of that session: 

9:35 a.m.   Panel 1: Contemporary Perspectives on Hispanic/Latinx Communities Research Panel.

11:00 a.m.  Panel 2: How International and Domestic Hispanic/Latinx Students Cope with the Academic and Personal Effects of a Global Pandemic.

12:30 p.m.  Keynote Address & Discussion: Best Practices of Successful Hispanic Serving Institutions.

2:00 p.m.    Panel 3: Latin American and Iberian Studies Program: Proposing a Center for Study of the Hispanic World.

3:30 p.m.    Panel 4: Media Representations of Hispanic/Latinx Communities Research Panel. 


Virtual Roundtable: "Al otro lado del río: stories of the borderlands"

Wednesday, March 24, 12:00-1:30 P.M. CT

Art is a powerful tool for social change. Through it, artists present their interpretation of realities and propose possible solutions to the problems surrounding us. In that process, the role of audiences is fundamental. They reflect upon what art represents and may become an active part of the issues' resolution. We can know our world more fully through art and put into practice lessons that come from it.

This roundtable brings diverse borderland stories into sharper focus thanks to the artists who have critically captured the journeys migrants face to improve their living conditions, reunite with their family, escape from violence and poverty, and reach an imagined promised land. Through these artists' gaze, it is possible to be developing some answers for the present and the future of immigration.


Fernando Frías, Director, Producer, Writer. 

Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, Ph.D., Director, Producer, Writer, Graphic Artist. 

Iván Uriel Atanacio Medellín, Writer, Academic, Political Scientist, Documentary Maker.

Britta Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish.


Gabriel Domínguez Partida, M.F.A., Assistant Director of the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, Doctoral Candidate.

Watch the video here.


On Being an International Female Journalist Virtual Symposium

Wednesday, February 24,10:30 am-2:00 pm (Central)

College of Media & Communication graduate students will present short case studies of notable female international journalists who have reported from trouble spots worldwide, some with tragic consequences. The case studies were developed for Dr.Leo Eko's international communication seminar in fall 2020. Keynote addresses by Zeina Khodr, Senior Correspondent and award-winning war correspondent for Al Jazeera English (Beirut, Lebanon) and Adela Navarro Bello, General Director, Zeta magazine (Tijuana, Mexico).

Watch the videos here.


Book presentations by HIHIC affiliates

Thursday, November 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Join us for a special presentation of five books written/edited by HIHIC affiliates, followed by a conversation about the publication process.


Political Communication and COVID-19: Governance and Rhetoric in Times of Crisis, edited by Darren Lilleker, Ioana A. Coman, Miloš Gregor, Edoardo Novelli.

The Charlie Hebdo Affair and Comparative Journalistic Cultures: Human Rights v. Religious Rites by Lyombe Eko

Handbook of Magazine Studies edited by Miglena Sternadori and Tim Holmes.

Movements for Change: How Individuals, Social Media, and Al Jazeera Are Changing Pakistan, Egypt, and Tunisia by Rauf Arif

The Supervillain Reader edited by Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner.

Watch the video here


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 on 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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