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Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary and San Antonio mayor, to discuss Latinos in U.S. political landscape

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Henry Cisneros


The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) Annual Public Lecture Series and the Harris School for Public Policy Studies Center for Policy Practice (CPP) Major Speaker Series will host an address October 26 by Henry G. Cisneros on the expanding role of Latinos in the U.S. political process.

Cisneros achieved unprecedented success as a U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and prior to that, as a four-term mayor of San Antonio, Tex. He was the first Latino to hold both of these positions and the first Latino mayor of a major U.S. city. As a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet from 1993 to 1997, Cisneros was widely praised for transforming HUD from a severely mismanaged bureaucracy into an effective, efficient agency that actively worked against racial segregation and poverty in inner cities. He is also credited with the initiation of a major revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with innovative policies that have contributed to today’s record homeownership rate.

A former President of Univision, the nation’s fifth-largest TV network, Cisneros currently serves as Chairman of American CityVista, a company he founded to identify sites, plan neighborhoods, acquire and develop land and build homes. Mr. Cisneros holds an M.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from George Washington Universities.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to promoting engaged scholarship and debate around the concepts of race and ethnicity. It is especially interested in how these ideas and their structural and cultural manifestations impact and shape people’s daily lives. The Center seeks to contribute intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that can help people transform their thinking and their lives. The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies seeks to enhance the University's role in shaping and understanding public life by conducting policy relevant research and preparing talented individuals to become leaders and agents of social change. The Center for Policy Practice’s Major Speaker Series affords students as well as audiences within Chicago’s corporate, non-profit, and civic communities the opportunity to interact firsthand with leaders in various policy fields.

The event will be held Tuesday, October 26, in the Assembly Hall at the University of Chicago’s International House, located at 1414 E. 59th Street, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Media are invited to cover the event, and still and video cameras are permitted with prior permission.

The event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the International House Office of Programs and Special Events in advance at (773) 753-2274 or e-mail The International House Web site can be found at
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