Professor Espinosa to Keynote Seminar On Latino Religion and Culture

Gaston Espinosa, assistant professor of philosophy/religious studies, will be the keynote speaker for a journalists’ seminar on-campus on Monday, July 11 on the topic Political and Religious Trends in the Latino Community. The event, jointly sponsored by the Foundation for American Communications and the Religion Newswriters Foundation, will be held in the Founders Room.

Espinosa, recipient this year of the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship, will lead two discussions: Latino Religions, Politics, and the 2004 Presidential Election, and Selena and the Politics of Cultural Redemption.

The seminar will examine trends and issues in Latino religion and the effect of those trends on politics, community identity, and popular culture. The program is designed for reporters from all beats and for editors working in print, broadcast and online media who cover social, political, cultural and religious trends in their local communities.

Students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges are invited but must register by Friday, July 8; there is no cost to attend, but space is limited and available on a first-come basis.

Espinosa was the organizer of a weeklong conference at CMC in April, Religion and the American Presidency, exploring the critical role that religious leaders, symbols, values, and rhetoric play in presidential politics.

For more information about the July 11 seminar, contact Linda Kelley at, or: 626-584-0010, 703-737-3570; or visit For media arrangements contact Evie Lazzarino at (909) 621-8000.