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Panel to discuss the Latino vote, results of FIU/‘Miami Herald’/‘El Nuevo Herald’ poll


FIU political experts will discuss the Latino vote and results of an FIU/The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll at a panel discussion Monday, Oct. 15. Latinos make up the country’s largest minority and about 9 percent of the U.S. electorate.

The discussion, which starts at 10 a.m., will take place at the MARC Pavilion on Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Those unable to attend in person, may participate via Facebook, Ustream or Twitter, by using the hashtag #FIULatVote; the conversation will be streamed live on Facebook and Ustream, where journalists and viewers are welcome to post questions and comments.

The panel will be moderated by FIU political science Professor Eduardo Gamarra, who is conducting the poll.

The panel will include:

  • Jose Miguel Cruz is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He was the director of the University Institute of Public Opinion at the University of Central America in San Salvador from 1994 to 2006, where he supervised more than 50 national public opinion polls in Central America.
  • Jorge Duany is the director of the Cuban Research Institute and professor of anthropology at FIU. Before coming to FIU, he served as acting dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He previously served as director of UPR’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the journal Revista de Ciencias Sociales.
  • Kevin Evans is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations. His teaching and research interests focus on the presidency, Congress and political parties. He is particularly interested in inter-branch relations and presidential power.
  • Jose Gabilondo is an associate professor of law at the FIU College of Law. Gabilondo joined the College of Law after working in financial market regulation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the World Bank. He is a nationally recognized commentator in the Spanish-language media on financial and economic matters.
  • Nicol C. Rae is senior associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and a professor of politics and international relations. Rae’s research and teaching have focused on Congress, the presidency and American political parties. He was awarded a Congressional Fellowship by the American Political Science Association, and served as a Capitol Hill aide to Congressman George P. Radanovich of California, and Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi.
  • Moses Shumow is an assistant professor of journalism and broadcasting in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research focuses on the production and consumption of immigrant and Spanish-language media in South Florida and nationally, as well as trends in conglomeration, news content, and political/election coverage among leading national Spanish-language media outlets.

The event is free and open to all journalists as well as the public. To RSVP, please click here. Full results will be made available on the morning of the event to those who RSVP.