Expert discusses Hispanic political influence at UNT

Gary Segura
Dr. Gary M. Segura, professor of American politics and chair of Chicano/a studies at Stanford University and co-founder and principal in the national polling firm Latino Decisions. Photo courtesy of Stanford University
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 09:04

What: University of North Texas Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Outstanding Scholar/Artist Lecture Series presents "The Future is Ours: How Latinos will Define the Next Era in American Politics," given by Dr. Gary M. Segura, professor of American politics and chair of Chicano/a studies at Stanford University and co-founder and principal in the national polling firm Latino Decisions

When: Lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 (Monday) -- Reception with Segura follows at 8 p.m.

Where: Business Leadership Building, Room 180, 1307 W. Highland St.

Cost: Free

Contact: Department of Political Science -- 940-565-2276; or valerie.martinez-ebers@unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Dr. Gary M. Segura, 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 at the University of North Texas.

Segura will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 (Monday) in Room 180 of UNT's Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St. A reception will follow at 8 p.m.

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.

About the UNT Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is divided into four major areas with a strong focus on rigorous and careful research methods: American Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory. The department is the editorial home of the American Political Science Review, the premier political science journal in the world. It houses the Castleberry Peace Institute within its Peace Studies program, and the Human Security, Democracy and Global Development research cluster, a consortium of faculty experts focused on conflict resolution strategies, the protection of human rights and the promotion of economic development, health and neighbor relations.

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