Projects and Initiatives

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Latina/o Media Studies, Journalism, and Advertising Courses

For many years, Moody College faculty have taught specialized classes dedicated to the U.S. Latino experience. These include Latino Images in Film, Latinas/os in U.S. Media, Latina Feminisms and Media, and Latin American Television offered in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, Oral History as Journalism, Covering the U.S. Latino Community, and Latinos in U.S. News in the School of Journalism, and Advertising to Latinos in the Department of Advertising. These courses are central to the Latino Media Studies minor, and are also open to Moody College students who are not in the minor.

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The Latino Media Arts and Studies Minor

This undergraduate minor in the Moody College of Communication, open to all UT Austin students, entails 18 hours of approved coursework with a focus on Latina/o media studies, journalism, or advertising, in addition to courses in Mexican American & Latina/o Studies or in Latin American Studies. The goal of the minor is to educate media and communication professionals with knowledge of Latina/o perspectives and history who can provide socially responsible leadership in their respective fields.

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Latino Media Arts and Studies Speaker Series

The annual Latino Media Arts and Studies Speaker Series brings in Latina and Latino filmmakers, journalists, advertisers, and media executives, as well as scholars who study Latina/os and media, to present their work and to meet and talk with Moody College and UT students and faculty. The 2019-2020 speaker series brought in Luis Ortiz, Managing Director of Latino Public Broadcasting and Dr. Angharad Valdivia, author of A Latina in the Land of Hollywood and editor of Latina/o Communication Studies Today, while the 2018-2019 series brought in filmmaker Alex Rivera and Maria Hinojosa, anchor and excutive producer of the NPR series Latino USA.

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Latina/o Media-focused Student Events

Throughout the year L-MAS also sponsors other events on campus focused on Latina/o/xs and film, television, and popular culture. These have included a Halloween-themed screening and discussion of HBO's Los Espookys facilitated by UT faculty and graduate students, a discussion of Latina/o/xs and the Oscar Awards, and a screening and discussion of episodes of the Netflix series On My Block.

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The Latino Media Arts and Studies Awards

The annual Latino Media Arts and Studies Awards celebrate excellence in student film production with a focus on Latinx subjects and student scholarship that contributes to Latinx media studies, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Latinx Media Studies Research Group

The Latinx Media Studies Research Group is open to faculty and graduate students across the UT Austin campus interested in U.S. Latina/o/x and Latin American media and popular culture studies. The group meets a few times each semester to share research in progress and to provide a supportive research community.