Lecture Series

Submit a proposal to be one of VALHEN’S Lecture Speakers this year.
Stipend provided


VALHEN’s Lecture Series Program is an endeavor directly related to implementing one of the organization’s principal goals—to encourage and promote the research activities of, by, and about, its members and our community.

The lectures focus on the research and scholarship of VALHEN members, and are free and open to all members of the host institution and surrounding communities. Through the lectures, VALHEN hopes to raise the visibility of its members—current faculty and students as well as community members; highlight research and accomplishment in the Latino community; and, create a more supporting (and appealing) environment for prospective Latino students and faculty. This effort is in line with VALHEN’s Vision—to be the leading comprehensive higher education network in support of the educational success of Latinos in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

A key component of this effort is VALHEN’s ability to engage our institutions as collaborative partners and hosts of the individual lectures. As with other VALHEN activities and efforts, this aspect is crucial to the organization’s success and progress. It is important to emphasize that without the collaboration of our institutional partners, the lecture series—as well as other VALHEN activities—would not be possible.

In Fall 2010, the first half of the 2010-2011 Inaugural Lecture Series lectures became a reality. Four lectures, each at a different institution throughout the Commonwealth, attracted interested audiences who expressed their support of the effort. For specific information about the Fall and Spring lectures, please see information below.


VALHEN invites speaker proposals that promote one or more of the following: (1) scholarship on the Virginia Latino community; (2) scholarship on Latin American studies by Virginia scholars; (3) scholarship by VALHEN scholars.

VALHEN will provide up to $300 per lecture and fund up to two (2) proposals per semester. Colleges and universities are eligible for only one funded lecture per academic year. (Stipend amount is subject to available funding).

Proposals should include the following materials: 250-word biography of the speaker; budget for the speaker’s visit (including travel expenses, speaker’s fee, reception); title of the presentation; and names of person/s and institution/s willing to host the speaker. Please fill out a proposal form as a potential host institution or as a potential lecturer. For further questions, contact Karina Kline-Gabel, Lecture Series Coordinator, at klinegkx@jmu.edu.