Panel Discussion: "The New Latin Voter" Dec. 4

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2008) – To get a better understanding of the role Latino voters played in the 2008 election, the University of South Florida is hosting a panel discussion Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. in the USF Library’s Grace Allen Special Collections Room, on the Tampa campus.  This event  is free and open to the public.  Special guest Frank Sanchez, from the National Obama Campaign will join panelists sociologist Eduardo Inaty and Beverly Ward,  BGW Associates and adjunct faculty in the USF Department of Anthropology.  USF Professor Harry E. Vanden, from the Department of Government and International Affairs, will serve as moderator. 


“Latino voters did not behave as predicted by the mainstream press,” said Vanden.  “This is an opportunity to look at how and why Latinos voted the way they did and examine the excitement sparked by the presidential campaign to see where it will go from here.”


The event, sponsored by USF’s Department of Government and International Affairs and the Institute for Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC), was coordinated by Vanden and ISLAC advisory board members Dr. Omar A. Inaty, D.C. and Dr. Max Peña, M.D.  For more information call (813) 974-2683.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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