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'Seymourofus Cross-generational Conversation' at La Casita Cultural Center Nov. 17

November 16, 2011

Sara Miller
(315) 443-9038

On Thursday, Nov. 17, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., La Casita will host "Seymourofus Cross-generational Conversation," a community discussion led by Seymour School third-graders on issues of cultural memory, spaces of belonging and active participation in Syracuse. And from 2:30-4 p.m., community conversation will take place about places of belonging and the future for young people. This is also open to the public.

The discussion is part of La Casita's series "Community Conversations:Spaces of Belonging & Civic Participation."

Professionals to be interviewed include:

Luis J. Castro: family medicine, Westside Family Health
Jaime Alicea: deputy superintendent, Syracuse City School District
Ellen Blalock: Post-Standard photojournalist
Marcia Rutledge: child-psychologist and jazz musician
Mauricio Casares: engineer and researcher
Paul Nojaim: community business leader
Roberto Perez: dancer, community activist
Oscar Garces: visual artist, career specialist
Rachel Gazdick: executive director of Say Yes to Education
Stephanie Costner: program manager, Collegiate Preparatory Academy
Brian Bromka: founder and director, La Familia de la Salsa & Salsa Son Timba, real estate agent
Jonathan C Ulmer: air traffic controller for FAA Studied Aeronautical Science
Honorable Kate Rosenthal: Syracuse city judge
Nathan Strand: former project coordinator for USAID Funded Public Health Projects – MPA, International Relations
Brandon Ellis: artistic director of Dance Theater of Syracuse
Christie Bravos: convention services director of the Syracuse Convention and Services Bureau

Seymourofus is a whole-school exploratory learning initiative that places emphasis on creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration skills. Community teaching artists, school personnel, students and families work together to integrate instruction with relevant learning and school improvement planning.

The La Casita Cultural Center at the Lincoln Building, 109 Otisco St., in downtown Syracuse, is the only Latino/a cultural center in the region, and is administered by The College of Arts and Sciences for the campus community.

La Casita’s mission is to serve as the bridge between the Latina/o communities of Syracuse and Central New York and Syracuse University’s faculty, students and staff. By offering the space and resources necessary for the development of collaborative, ongoing projects, La Casita hopes to enhance local communities’ capacity for social change and civic participation in the region.

For more information, email La Casita at, or visit:

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