The term Foco comes from Regis Debray, a radical writer on the topic of Latin
American revolutions. This ideology subscribed to the notion that in
revolutionary transformation, one had to be in the intellectual realm-developing
an understanding of the world profoundly-theory and also in the practical world.
For NACCS, Foco meant not just being an intellectual or not just being a
community activist, but rather both. Foco later came to represent a regional
chapter whereupon our membership continued the work of NACCS beyond our annual
The conference theme - Latin@s in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Future -- recognizes the rich historical and growing presence of Latin@s in this region. Our goal is to promote awareness and further develop knowledge and analysis of historic, current, and future developments that impact the Latin@ population. Of particular interest is the need to strategize for collective empowerment and leadership of Latin@s in the Midwest and to support collaboration between community leaders and scholars. Also, the conference would like to acknowledge the significant contributions from our Midwest Latin@ and Chican@ Studies Centers, Departments, and Programs and we particularly welcome their presence and participation.
To register for the conference, please go to our EventBrite registration site located here.
For more information about the conference, please visit the LLS blog here.
¡Si se puede!
Miguel A. Carranza, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology & Latina/Latino Studies
Director, Latina/Latino Studies Program