Media for Social Justice Students to Present at Professional Symposium

Congratulations to Julio Barrenzeula, Phil Gibbons, Monique Lyons and Waleska Santiago from the M.A. program in Media for Social Justice.

Their work has been accepted to a panel entitled “Transmedia and Latino Social Causes” at Crossroad Talks: The 26th Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture at the University of Arizona. The symposium takes place this week from February 25th-27th in Tucson, Arizona.The symposium runs from February 25th through 27th at the Arizona Historical Society.

Here is a synopsis of the accepted projects:

Julio Barrenzuela is the Salsa Ambassador, and his project focuses on the connections between salsa and social change. He is working on a transmedia series highlighting Soldiers Who Salsa, a nonprofit organization using salsa dancing to treat PTSD.

Phil Gibbons’ podcast (someveryfamouspeople.com) includes unique, byte-sized biographies of the famous, the infamous and the quirky — in less than an hour. The podcast format conveys history and culture through storytelling, and his Che Guevara podcast is an excellent example in a Latino context.

Monique Lyons is presenting My Survivor Village (MSV), a virtual community dedicated to supporting cancer patients in the Latina community.
MSV’s mission is to help transform victims into survivors by creating a dynamic and educational virtual space that engages and inspires Latina cancer patients.

Waleska Santiago is presenting Doce Veneno (Sweet Venom), a film shedding light on the truth about pesticides – the dark side of the food industry in the Brazilian city of Limoeiro do Norte.