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Expert to discuss Hispanic political influence

Gary SeguraGary M. Segura, right, professor of American politics and chair of Chicano/a Studies at Stanford University, is the first guest lecturer to participate in the Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Outstanding Scholar/Artist Lecture Series.

Segura will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Business Leadership Building, Room 180. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. The event is free.

In his lecture, “The Future is Ours: How Latinos will Define the Next Era in American Politics,” Segura will draw on current demographics, birth rate statistics, voting trends and policy views of Hispanic citizens to explain why Hispanics are and will continue to be a major force in shaping U.S. politics.

"The demography is relentless,” said Segura. “And American political parties will either adapt their appeals to the new reality or face a tough time at the polls.”

Segura’s research focuses on issues of political representation and the politics of America’s growing Latino minority. He brings additional expertise as co-founder and principal investigator of Latino Decisions, a leading national polling firm among Hispanics for political opinion research.

The lecture series is sponsored by the UNT Office of the Provost, the Department of Political Science and the UNT Latina/o Faculty and Staff Alliance (UNeTE) and will feature one distinguished guest each semester. The UNT Latina/o and Mexican American Studies program is a joint initiative between UNT and Texas Woman’s University that offers a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Integrative Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Contact: Valerie Martinez-Ebers, 940-565-2276

Posted on: Thu 06 February 2014

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