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Italian club officers

Dr. Don Cammaratta, past director of Irwin Vocational Center, installed new officers for the Italian Community & Cultural Center on Monday at Tony's Restaurant. New officers are Fortune Bosco, president; Emmett Clary, vice president; Jennie Caltagirone, secretary; and Philip Caltagirone, treasurer. The club, which meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at Tony's Restaurant, furthers Italian culture through programs and events.

The Hispanic Phenomenon: Nasario Garcia, professor of languages from New Mexico Highlands University, will be the keynote speaker at a USF symposium at 7:30 tonight in Cooper Hall. The symposium, entitled "The Hispanic United States," will feature four sessions Friday in the USF Library's Grace Allen Reading Room.

The event will center on the "Hispanic Phenomenon," the name given to the results of recent research on Hispanics showing that they compose the fastest growing population group in the United States. Within 20 years, Hispanics in America will represent the second largest group of Spanish speakers found in any country except Mexico. Garcia is an authority on Hispanic language, culture and folklore of New Mexico and the Southwest.

On Friday, the sessions are "The Spanish Language: Definition, Acquisition and Retention" at 9 a.m.; "Trade, Business and the Hispanic Media" at 10:30 a.m.; "Contemporary Historical Perspectives" at 1:45 p.m.; and "Subculture or Mainstream: The U.S. Latino" at 3 p.m.

The sessions are free, but reservations are required. The event will be filmed and edited by the Learning Channel, and cassettes will be made available at libraries locally. Call 974-2731.

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