Riding the Waves of a Sea Change: Demographic Transformation as seen from Within

Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.

          Ariel to Ferdinand, Prince of Naples, from The Tempest by William Shakespeare

 

That ringing sound is the transformation of this country. The Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project reports that the Hispanic Electorate in the U.S. is likely to double by 2030. Hispanics are now the majority in California and New Mexico. Within 10 years, they will outnumber Texas’ white population, but according to the Texas Education Agency, Hispanics are already a majority in the Lone Star state’s public schools. San Antonio is the second largest city in the US (after Miami) with a Hispanic majority population, 55.5 percent.

Our panel of San Antonio civic, arts, and university leaders will explore this sea-change as seen from the inside. What are the opportunities, challenges, and rewards of social, political, cultural, and educational transformation?

 

 

 

 

 

Panelists: María López De León, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures and Member of the National Council on the Arts; Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Artist and Faculty Member at UT-Austin; and Ernest Bromley, Chairman and CEO of Bromley Communications.