Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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As we go to press, the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear an important affirmative action case, Fisher v. the University of Texas, brought by Abigail fisher, a White female whose grades weren't good enough to guarantee her admission. Amicus briefs filed in favor of LU' and its admissions procedures far outnumber those supporting the challenger. The brief filed on behalf of several Latino organizations offers a well-documented look at the past ami present of Hispanics pursuing higher education in Texas.

This year's roster of MacArthur Genius Grant awardees, who get a no-strings $500,000 for their very own, includes documentan* filmmaker Natalia Almada. great-granddaughter of a onetime president of Mexico, and a dual citizen who grew up both there and in the U.S. Ahnada, whose work is said to capture "complex and nuanccd views of the issues that define Mexican-American relations," earned a BFA at the College of Santa Fe and MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Another Hispanic deemed a MacArthur Genius this year is Pulitzer Prize-winning author J unot Diaz, whose career we've followed since he published Droum, a collection of short stories that put him on the map. …

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