Museum of the American Latino Town Hall Meeting (UPDATED)

General, H-town

Rice University hosted a Town Hall Meeting for the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the Houston community to the missions of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino:

The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.

To discuss the need for the museum was a distinguished panel:

  • Richard Tapia, Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Education, Rice University
  • Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Associate Professor of the School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
  • Eduardo Diaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center
  • Marie-Theresa Hernandez, Professor of World Cultures and Literatures, University of Houston

Estuardo Rodriguez, from the Raben Group, was on hand to encourage community support of the project. Rodriguez gave special thanks to Rice University’s David Medina, Director of Multicultural Community Relations, for making the informational Town Hall Meeting a reality. Rodriguez and Medina met last year at the LATISM National Conference, held in Houston, and the collaboration began from a conversation held at that initial meeting.

For more information, visit the the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino website.

UPDATED (May 29, 2013) — The Friends of the National Museum of the Latino have posted their video from the event. If you missed it, you can watch it on their website!

A (very) few photos

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Sandra Fernandez

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