Media Students and Hispanic Studies Students worked on PSA campaign

Students of Mount Media Production and Hispanic Studies worked together to create “Their World in Your Hands”, a series of 30-second video public service announcements featuring students and families from Nora Cronin Presentation Academy. Mount Media Production students and Prof. Victor Azuaje’s Hispanic Studies students worked under the direction of Prof. Dean Goldberg.

Oops! A Spanish-language TV network is number one in any language

For three consecutive weeks this summer, Spanish-language TV network Univision won the prime-time ratings among young adult viewers. Read more…

Illinois announces record high of exports to Mexico

CHICAGO, IL – September 15, 2012. On the eve of Mexican Independence Day, Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois exports to Mexico in the first half of 2012 topped $3 billion – a 13.7 percent increase over the previous year and a new record high.

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For Both Parties, Spanglish Is The Unofficial Convention Language

Even though I have my reservations about the notion of a Spanglish dialect, I think everybody should read this article about the role of Spanish in the Democratic and Republican conventions.

If you grew up in a bilingual Hispanic household, listening to the Democratic and Republican conventions may have sounded a lot like home.

It’s no coincidence that both parties highlighted politicians like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

For Both Parties, Spanglish Is The Unofficial Convention Language

Are you going to take the NY Spanish CST?

MSMC Hispanic Studies Majors:

If you are planning to take the New York State Spanish Content Specialty Test (Spanish CST) send me an email. We will set an appointment to review content —six (6) subareas—, check resources, and practice additional strategies that can help you to take the test.

Being bilingual… makes you smarter. NY Times

There is new evidence that being bilingual makes you smarter.

scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

Free Screening of the The Longoria Affair… Sept. 13th.

The MSMC Department of Hispanic Studies will present a FREE screening of The Longoria Affair (El caso Longoria) in Aquinas Hall, room 163, next Tuesday, September 13th, at 7p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with director and producer John Valadez. This is an activity open to the public.

The Longoria Affair has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program. (Winners will be announced and the Awards will be presented on Monday evening September 26th in New York City.)

The film is the story of the events and controversy around Felix Longoria’s wake. Longoria was a decorated Mexican American soldier killed in battle during World War II. According to his family, a funeral home in Three Rivers, Texas, refused to hold funeral services because “The whites wouldn’t like it.” Senator Lyndon B. Johnson supported the efforts of Dr. Hector Garcia, the founder of the American G. I. Forum, to find a burial place for Longoria and offered to arrange the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The Three Rivers town is still bitterly divided over the controversy.

The PBS site points out that
..newly elected Senator Lyndon Johnson and activist Dr. Hector Garcia… formed an alliance over the incident. Over the next 15 years, their complex, sometimes contentious relationship would help Latinos become a national force for the first time in American history, carry John F. Kennedy to the White House, and ultimately lead to Johnson’s signature on the most important civil rights legislation of the 20th century. (PBS About the Film)

Write, director, and producer John Valadez has been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow twice, a Rockefeller Fellow, and served on the Artists Advisory Board of the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is also a founding member of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers(NALIP). He attended the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


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