Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino

Town Hall at Rice University in Houston

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We hosted our first Informational Town Hall in partnership with Rice University on May 14, 2013. Latino thought leaders and experts in the fields of U.S. Latino history, arts, and culture gathered to join our panel discussion on Latino influence and hidden stories in U.S. History. Our panelists included: Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Friends of the American Latino Museum Richard Tapia, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Education at Rice University Eduardo Diaz, Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Associate Professor of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin Marie Theresa Hernandez, Professor of World Cultures and Literatures at the University of Houston Opening remarks were made by Associate Professor of Chicano Studies and English at Rice University Jose Aranda and Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez. You can help make the museum a reality. Join our campaign by following us on Twitter and Facebook and signing up on

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