IU professor to give final lecture in Latino Studies series

Author: Kathleen Joyce


Jorge Chapa, professor and founding director of the Latino Studies Program at Indiana University at Bloomington, will deliver a lecture based on his bookApple Pie and Enchiladas:Latino Newcomers to the Rural Midwestat 5 p.m. April 6 (Wednesday) in the Hesburgh Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

A reception at 4:30 p.m. will precede the lecture, which is the final talk in the Labor, Education, and Immigration Public Policy lecture series sponsored by Notre Dames Institute for Latino Studies and Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

The lecture will summarize the findings of Chapas co-authored book, which examines immigration policies and politics in theMidwest.

Much of Chapas recent research has focused on methods of increasing the successful participation of Latinos in higher education.As a faculty member of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at theUniversityofTexasfrom 1988 to 1999, Chapa worked with other faculty members and legislators to formulate the Top Ten Percent Plan, which guaranteed seniors who graduated in the top percentile of their class admission to a public university of their choice.

Chapa is currently a member of a National Research Council Panel reviewing Census procedures.His education includes a bachelors degree from theUniversityofChicagoand graduate degrees in sociology and demography from theUniversityofCalifornia,Berkeley.

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