"The exposure to the medical world that I received in India was unbelievable. It was like learning a foreign language: I do not think anyone could truly learn what I learned from a textbook or a lecture series."
Vicki Ruiz knows Latino culture.
“Latinos are the biggest minority group in the United States, but their contributions and legacies in the United States often remain invisible to the general public and contribute to the unfortunate notion that Latinos are peoples who arrived the day before yesterday,” said the professor of history and Chicano/Latino Studies. Around 16 percent of the United States is made up of Latinos, and that demographic is only going to grow, according to the 2010 Census. Being the fastest growing minority group in the United States, it is estimated that this 16 percent will jump up to 30 percent by 2050.
The results of the 2010 census show that Latinos now make up the largest ethnic minority group in Iowa.
In recent years, the University of Iowa has responded to that demographic shift by expanding its outreach to prospective students of Latino heritage, hiring faculty members with expertise in Latino issues and supporting research on Latinos.
The long history of Latino presence in the Midwest and the changing demographics of our region will be among the topics discussed on the October 5 WorldCanvass program, The Latino Midwest. The free program will take place in Room 2780, University Capitol Centre from 5-7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. WorldCanvass is produced by International Programs and hosted by Joan Kjaer.
Two visiting faculty members will give presentations as part of a Latin American Studies Program (LASP) panel discussion, titled “The Americas Transformed: The Legacies of the 1960s.” This event will take place Thursday, March 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. It is free and open to the public.
Joan Kjaer will host a WorldCanvass program featuring the Middle East before a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.