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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

6th Annual Abriendo Brecha Activist Scholarship Conference

Fri, February 20, 2009 • TICE Office - Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement Offices

The sixth annual Abriendo Brecha Activist Scholarship Conference, an annual event at The University of Texas at Austin that focuses on research and creative intellectual work in alignment with communities, organizations, movements and networks working for social justice, will be held Feb. 20-21.

It is organized by the Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement (TICE) in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

This year's conference features a roundtable discussion from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 20, with activists scholars from universities around the country who will share perspectives on their own work and reflect on the discussions carried out in a closed retreat preceding the roundtable. All roundtable attendees are invited to attend a reception and gallery talk at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center that evening from 7:30-9. Prison protest art will be displayed that evening.

The following day, Feb. 21, from 9-11:30 a.m., these scholars will hold a workshop for students and others interested in carrying out activist research. The roundtable discussion and workshop will be held in the in the DDCE Community Engagement Center at 1009 E. 11th St. (Marvin C. Griffin Building). The conference is free and open to the public.

This year's Abriendo Brecha is being held as part of Freedom Weekend, which also includes the Bringing Human Rights Home Conference sponsored by the Rapoport Center for Human Rights, part of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Bringing Human Rights Home focuses on the relevance of human rights as a tool for Black self-determination.  For more information about that conference and other Freedom Weekend events visit www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/bringing-human-rights-home/.

Sponsored by: Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement (TICE) - Division of Diversity and Community Engagement


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