In 1975, the expansion and extension of the Voting Rights Act advanced the rights of Mexican Americans and other Latinos. It was only one of several developments of the 1960s and 1970s that led to greater Latino political engagement: the War on Poverty programs provided new resources, perspectives and leadership opportunities for Latinos. Simultaneously, more Latinos become active in collective bargaining, which also led to greater political leverage. This conference seeks to explore the Latino political engagement for the time period of the 1960s through today.
After a national call for abstracts for papers and roundtable proposals, the Latino Voting Rights Act and Political Engagement Conference organizers are proud to announce our participants. Our participants include established and highly-respected scholars, as well as graduate students just embarking on their own careers. We look forward to a robust conference with excellent audience participation.
Thursday – Friday, Nov. 12 & 13, 2015
Thompson Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin Campus
Free Online Registration through November 6. Online registration assures seating and conference materials. On-site registration may be available, depending on space capacity.
The Conference Planning Committee consists of the heads of two University of Texas at Austin entities:
David Leal, Professor, Department of Government
Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Director, Voces Oral History Project