Dr. Magdaleno Manzanares on the “Growing Latino Influence on American Politics.”

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Magdaleno Manzanares, associate professor of political science at Western New Mexico University, will discuss the “Growing Latino Influence on American Politics” on Wednesday, March 15, as part of the Grant County Democratic Party’s “Issue Lunch” series.

Manzanarez, whose instruction includes American national government, Latin American history and politics, Latino/Chicano politics and international social justice issues, was born in Southern Mexico. He received his first degree from Santa Rosa Junior College in California, and a bachelor of arts in international relations from the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico.

He went on to obtain a master’s degree in political science from Sonoma State University in California, and completed his doctoral work at Northern Arizona University. The dissertation for his Ph.D. was on contemporary political changes in Mexico.

Manzanarez has published several articles on the Northern American Free Trade Agreement, and a book titled “NAFTA and Neocolonialism” in 2004. At the February 2005 conference of the American Academy of Behavioral and Social Sciences, he presented a paper “The Execution Dilemma: Foreigners on Death Row in the United States.”

WNMU students chose Manzanarez as Educator of the Year in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He serves as advisor to the MEChA club and the Society for Education in Politics, which participates in an annual model United Nations conference. He is also the local coordinator of the American Democracy Project, a national program that aims to increase civic participation among college students. Many of his former students are now pursuing careers in public service. Manzanarez is vice-president of the WNMU faculty senate, and serves on the board of Hidalgo Medical Services.

Manzanarez is the third speaker in the “Issues Lunch” series:

“Although Latinos, Hispanos and Chicanos are by no means a monolithic block of voters – and have different issues in different communities and geographic areas – their presence in the economic and electoral arenas has a great impact on the American political debate,” he said.

Where: The Red Barn Steakhouse (buffet lunch, includes one trip to the salad bar plus beverage, for $8).

When: March 19 at 11:30. Discussion starts at 12:10

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