Thursday, March 26, 2009. The
Coalition for New South Carolinians and the Consortium for Latino Immigration
Studies sponsored a lecture, film screening, and panel discussion as part of a
series entitled "Storytellers: Putting a Face on Immigration." Thank you
to the Coalition for New South Carolinians, speaker Maria Blizzard, and panel
members Tammy Besherse, Amy Shelley, and Kelsey Lewis.
Friday, February 20, 2009.
The Consortium hosted a
free, one-day seminar that provided specialized training to Latino Community
Leaders on various traffic safety topics. Topics covered included an overview of
the Latino community’s involvement in South Carolina traffic crashes, including
the causes of these crashes and when and where they are occurring. Other
seminar topics included pedestrian safety, the proper use of safety belts and
child passenger safety seats, the state’s new DUI law, and how to “read the
road” – the meanings of various signs and pavement markings.
you to all who donated to the Consortium's Adopt-a-Family Christmas project.
We were able to adopt five local Latino families in need and provide them with
gifts for Christmas!
Thank you to Van Jean Clothing Store on Devine for donating winter coats to
the Consortium to disperse to those in need this winter!
November 18, 2008. Guest Speaker, Tammy Besherse of the South
Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, presented a discussion on: "Life as a
Latino in SC: The Impact of the New Immigration Law and the Threat of ICE
November 5, 2008. The University of South Carolina hosted the
college version of the off-broadway play "Yo Soy Latina," written by Linda
Nieves-Powell, directed by Mercedes Vasquez, and starring Nicole Anderson
Guerra, Antonia Marrero, and Crystal Roman. The play, which was
co-sponsored by various university departments including the Consortium, was
attended by students, staff, and community members.
October 16, 2008. Painter, illustrator, and muralist Ernesto Cuevas
presented "Immigration Seen through the Lens of a Latino Artist."
September 15-October 15, 2008. Hispanic Heritage Month
September 4, 2008. Guest Speaker, Tammy Besherse from the South
Carolina Appleseed Justice Center, presented: "South Carolina Immigration Law
and Possible Consequences" at USC.
June 27, 2008. Guest Speaker, Javier Serrano, presented: "The
Mexican Dream: Hope and Relative Deprivation in International Migration" at USC.
May 12 - 31, 2008. "Mexican Immigration and Health" Honors
College Travel Course in Mexico.
April 26, 2008. USC's 1st
Annual Celebration of Children's Literature.
The Consortium for Latino Immigration
Studies, along with cosponsors from the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State
University sponsored a conference
Latino immigration to New Settlement Areas.
The conference was held October 11-13, 2007 on the University of South Carolina
The Consortium received a grant from the Southern Arts Federation to host the
son jarocho group Siquisiri, from Tlacotalpan, Veracruz,
Mexico. The group performed at the Recital Hall at USC’s School of Music
on May 3, 2007. The group’s manager, Rafael Figueroa, provided a
short discussion of son jarocho
music before Siquisiri performed. The event was co-sponsored at USC
by the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, Latin American Studies
Program, School of Music, and Southern Arts Federation.
The Consortium sponsored a talk by
Sergio Nieto-Montenegro, Ph.D.
from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Clemson University on
April 13, 2007. His talk discussed "Dietary Intake, Obesity
Prevalence, and Nutrition Education Needs Among Hispanics in South Carolina".
The Consortium sponsored a panel discussion on Black-Latino
Relations in South Carolina on March 22, 2007. The panel
Latasha High a social worker for Charleston County Department of Alcohol and
Other Drug Abuse Services, and Alma Puente Ruiz a social worker with
Richland District 2. The panel was moderated by Dr. Kim Simmons,
Department of Anthropology at USC.
The South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition Annual
Conference was held October 12 & 13, 2006. The Conference theme
was "Salud Hispana: Derechos y Responsabilidades" (Hispanic Health: Rights and
Responsibilities). The Event took place at the Columbia Conference Center.
On Friday April 21, 2006 at 3:30 pm the Consortium
sponsored the viewing of a new documentary produced by SC ETV entitled
"Nuestro Futuro." The documentary highlights the issues and challenges
faced by the children of Latino immigrants to South Carolina. The event
will take place in the Russell House theater. The documentary has been
shown on SCETV.
Friday, April 7, 2006 Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras of the University of Maryland
offered a workshop on
research projects related to Latino immigrant health.
The Consortium sponsored a panel discussion on Latina women
in South Carolina and the Southeast on Friday, March 17, 2006. The
panel included Dr. De Anne Messias of USC's College of Nursing and Women's
Studies Program, who spoke on theoretical models to facilitate understanding of
the experiences of Latina women immigrants, and Dr. Elaine Lacy of USC Aiken,
who reported on a project she and Dr. Suzanne Swan of USC's Department of
Psychology are engaged in on Latina immigrant women in South Carolina.
On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Dr. Douglas P. Woodward
presented a talk entitled "Mexican Immigrants: The New Face of South
Carolina's Labor Force." The talk was based on Dr. Woodward's report on the
economic activities of the Mexican immigrant population, which was released on
that day (see "Reports" on this web site).
On October 11, 2005 the
Consortium sponsored a panel that included three local Latinos. The
panelists spoke on
"Transitions: Latino Perspectives on
Settling in South Carolina."
On September 29, 2005
the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies and the Department of Anthropology
co-sponsored a panel discussion entitled
“Transnational Bordercrossings: Anthropological
Approaches to Latinos in the Diaspora”
School of Library and Information Science hosted a
for librarians, literacy groups, and advocates for the Spanish-speaking
and Cooperation: Libraries and the Spanish-Speaking Community"
Psaras, Bell South, CMCIS, ICAP, the SC Hispanic Leadership Council, the Richard
Temple Fund, and the Consortium.
April 22, 2005, Mary Odem, Ph.D,
Associate Professor of History at Emory University, gave a talk entitled "Global
Lives, Local Struggles: Latino Immigrants in the New South."
Co-sponsored by the History Department, Women's Studies, and the Latin American
April 7, 2005
the Consortium sponsored a talk by Rodolfo de la Garza, Ph.D, Vice
President of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, entitled "The Political
Incorporation of Latinos in Contemporary America." Co-sponsored by
the Department of Political Science, The CIBER Center, the Latin American
Studies Program and The Institute for Public Service and Policy Research.
March 23, 2005
Dr. José Rivera, M.D., a physician in Orangeburg County, SC, gave a talk
entitled: "Migrant Health a South Carolina
Perspective" Sponsored by the Consortium.
March 3, 2005 the
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
hosted an interdisciplinary
conference on migration issues entitled
"Navigating the Globalization of the
Department of Sociology presented a talk on
Amy Lutz, Ph.D,
Proficiencies and Educational Outcomes of Latino Youth."
Departments of Anthropology and The Latin American Studies Program co-sponsored
a talk by
Arthur Murphy, Ph.D,
a professor of Anthropology at UNC Greensboro. Dr. Murphy spoke on "Mexican
Workers and their Families in the New South"
The USC Women's
Studies Program sponsored a lecture in its Research Series on
Elaine C. Lacy,
Director of the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies
presented a talk entitled "A
Foot in Two Worlds: Mexican Immigrant Women in South Carolina."
The Consortium on Latino Immigration
Studies presented a workshop on Latino women in the Southeast on November 12.
The workshop was conducted by Dr. Marcela Mendoza of the University of
Memphis, who has published widely on Latinas in the Memphis area. Dr.
Mendoza’s visit was co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and
The Consortium for Latino Immigration
Studies presented the first speaker in the 2004-05 Consortium Speaker’s Series,
Dr. Raymond Mohl of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, October 28.
Dr. Mohl, who has published several articles on the history of Latino migration
to the South, spoke on race and ethnic relations between Blacks and Latinos in
the south. Dr. Mohl’s visit was co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies
Program and the Department of History at USC.
The Sixth Annual
Hispanic Health Issues Conference, sponsored by the South Carolina
Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition, took place October 14 & 15, 2004. The
conference theme was "Promoting Family Health among Latino
Immigrants/Promoviendo la Salud Familiar de los Inmigrantes Latinos."