Charles Kincannon, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will be one of three keynote speakers addressing the attendees of the 4th Annual Latinos Count Community Conference. The 4th Annual Latinos Count Community Conference will be held Wednesday, March 31, at IPFW‚s Walb Student Union (see attached fact sheet).

Kincannon will speak on the Hispanic/Latino Community: „Getting the Stories Straight.š Using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Mr. Kincannon will discuss the future of America and the role the Hispanic/Latino community will play in shaping our new identity.

The purpose of Latinos Count is to provide a platform to better understand the strengths and needs of the Hispanic/Latino community in Indiana and around the country. The one-day conference initiates conversation regarding the inclusion and advancement of Latinos in today‚s society and identifies programs, strategies and frameworks that are useful when working with the Hispanic/Latino community.

Richard Rodriguez, one of America's most respected essayists and a master of the "personal essay," received the National Humanities Medal in 1993. As a journalist, Rodriguez worked for more than two decades for the Pacific News Service in San Francisco; he has also been contributing editor for Harper's magazine and the Sunday Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. Rodriguez is also known for his works Hunger of Memory and Brown.

Latinos Count 2004 will take place at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Walb Student Union, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, and the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.