Tenth Fulbright Research Speaker Series: The Latinx Word, a communication project on self-identification

FOR OUR OCTOBER Fulbright Speaker Series, we have a presentation by Associate Professor of Journalism Elio Leturia, who teaches in the Communication Department of Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Peru, Leturia was a Fulbright foreign student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he spent the Spring 22 semester teaching at Universidad de Málaga in Spain.

TOPIC “The Latinx Word, a communication project on self-identification.”

WHEN October 26, 2022 | 4:30-5:30 pm.


In his presentation, Prof. Leturia will discuss the latest issue of Wanderer magazine that highlights “The Latinx Word,” a subject matter that has caused discussion and controversy among members of the Latino community.

Based on 22 interviews to individuals of Latin American background who live in the Midwest, how do they prefer to be identified as? Latino, Latina, Hispanic, Latinx, Latine, to mention a few?

The Spring 2022 issue of the magazine was produced as a collaborative school project between students from two courses Leturia teaches: People, Power & Narrative: Latino Voices, and Visual Communication. 

The courses are offered in the Columbia Experience, and the Communication programs respectively, at Columbia College Chicago. People, Power & Narrative: Latino Voices students reported and wrote the stories providing photography for them. Visual Communication students edited, designed and laid out each story as their final course project.

This project was presented with the 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Visual Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

This event is organized by the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College and counts with the support of WorldChicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

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