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7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

Manchester invites public
to lecture about Latino identity

Are Latinos white, black or indigenous? How do we categorize people of color and where do those categories come from? On Monday, Oct. 8, Jorge Zaballos visits Manchester University’s North Manchester campus to discuss the racial history of Latin America and how Latinos identify themselves.

“Cosmic Race, Rainbow People and Other Myths: Race and Racial Identity in the Latino Community” is the title of the free 7 p.m. lecture in the upper Union. Reservations are not necessary.

This Hispanic Heritage Month event is designed to further understanding of the socially-constructed concept of race and how it plays a daily role in the lives of minorities, specifically Latino. Sponsors are the campus Hispanos Unidos organization and the MU Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“Jorge Zeballos is doing unique, creative and important work in looking at the complexity of the Latino community and the complicated issues of internal and external racism it faces,” says Paul Kivel, author of Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Racial Justice.

American-born but raised in Lima, Peru, Zaballos is a national diversity consultant. He also is community organizer for the Institute for Dismantling Racism in Winston-Salem, N.C., and international student advisor for Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.

Manchester University is the academic home for 1,345 students from 23 countries and 21 states. For more about its multicultural campuses, visit

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