Mar 2, 2011    #032
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

The Browning of America: Ray Suarez talks about the U.S. immigrant tradition

UMKC's Division of Diversity brings attention to the ongoing struggle for access to opportunity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Division of Diversity, Access and Equity (DDAE) welcomes Ray Suarez as its keynote speaker for the Fourth Annual Cesar Chavez Celebration. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the UMKC Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes, is free and open to the public.

Suarez - author and senior correspondent for the PBS "The News Hour" - will discuss the "minority majority" that will populate the U.S. by 2042. His lecture will share how "browning of America" is a continuation of the rich immigrant tradition and our investment in this shift.

"Mr. Suarez's keynote address will add to an increasingly important dialogue on the changing demographics of the United States and the political, intellectual, social and economic impact of a more diverse population," said Dr. Karen Dace, deputy chancellor for the DDAE.

Suarez has more than 30 years of experience in the news industry, including NPR's call-in news program "Talk of the Nation" and covering local, national and international stories for Chicago's WMAQ-TV.

He is the author of "The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America," his recent book that examines the relationship between politics and religion. Also, he wrote "The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration" and contributed to other books including "What We See" and "How I Learned English."

The Division of Diversity, Access and Equity's social justice and diversity lecture series provides a forum for open discussion and continued learning around these issues. For additional details, visit the Diversity Web site.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.


This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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