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CMAS Spring 2013 Symposium

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to sponsor a public symposia series to be held in the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. This gathering of leading scholars from diverse disciplines is designed to facilitate and further conversations central to the changing field of Mexican American studies. The title of the spring 2013 symposium is "The Mexican American Archival Enterprise at the Benson Latin American Collection: An Historical Appraisal" and is scheduled to take place April 18-19, 2013.

The Mexican American and Latin@ Collections (originally the Mexican American Library Program) was established in 1974 as the result of an initiative by the Mexican American Graduate Association, with funding provided by the University of Texas General Libraries, the sponsorship of the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the continuing support by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. The intent of the collection was to establish a major repository that would collect, preserve, and make available to researchers the necessary historical records to advance the Mexican American archival enterprise and enhance scholarly production in Mexican American studies. The symposium will demonstrate how these collections have brought, and will continue to bring, distinction and merit to The University of Texas at Austin.

The evening reception and one-day symposium will provide the foundation for a scholarly examination of the rich holdings of the Mexican American and Latin@ Collections at The University of Texas at Austin.  Proceedings of the symposium will be published so as to reach a wider audience of researchers, librarians, archivists, and other supporters of the Mexican American archival enterprise. Invited scholars who have made use of the archives will highlight the depth and breadth of the collections and pay special attention to significant holdings in history, media, cultural arts, and literature that have helped to advance the study of Mexican Americans in the United States.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, April 18, 2013

2nd Floor Conference Room, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Sid Richardson Hall Unit I, The University of Texas at Austin

Welcome, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Mistress of Ceremonies: Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, Associate Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Opening Remarks: Charles R. Hale, Director, Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies - Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Professor, Departments of Anthropology and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Opening Remarks: Domino R. Perez, Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, Associate Professor, Department of English, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Opening Remarks: Randy L. Diehl, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, David Bruton, Jr., Regents Chair in Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Keynote Address: Emilio Zamora, Professor, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin

Reception, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, April 19, 2013

2nd Floor Conference Room, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Sid Richardson Hall Unit I, The University of Texas at Austin

Registration and Continental Breakfast, 8:00 am – 8:50 am

Panel 1: History, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

  • Valerie Martinez, Graduate Student, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin (Chair)
  • Gabriela Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Mónica Muñoz Martínez, Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Elliot Young, Associate Professor, Department of History, Lewis & Clark College

Panel 2: Literature, 10:40 am – 12:10 pm

  • Irene Garza, Graduate Student, Department of American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (Chair)
  • Norma E. Cantú, Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • John Morán Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Department of English, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Olga Herrera, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of St. Thomas

Lunch Roundtable: "The Chicana/o Movement", 12:10 pm – 1:40 pm

  • David Villarreal, Graduate Student, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin (Chair)
  • Martha Cotera, Independent Historian, Austin, Texas
  • Ignacio García, The Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Chair in Western American History, Department of History, Brigham Young University
  • Mario T. García, Professor, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara

Panel 3: Education, 1:50 pm– 3:20 pm

  • Jaime Puente, Graduate Student, Center for Mexican America Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (Chair)
  • Maylei Blackwell, Associate Professor, César E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
  • Carlos Blanton, Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University
  • Anita Tijerina Revilla, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's Studies, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Panel 4: Cultural Arts and Media, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Tatiana Reinoza, Graduate Student, Department of Art History, The University of Texas at Austin (Chair)
  • Mary Beltrán, Assistant Professor, Department of Radio, Film and Television, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Robb Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of California, Riverside
  • Claudia Zapata, Curator of Exhibitions and Program, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas

Closing Plenary: "Making a Space for Poetry: CantoMundo Archives at the Benson Library", 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Deborah Paredez, Associate Professor, Department of English, The University of Texas at Austin (CantoMundo)
  • Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Associate Director for Development, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (CantoMundo)
  • Norma E. Cantú, Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Missouri-Kansas City (CantoMundo)
  • Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio, Texas (CantoMundo)

Parking for the symposium is available at either the San Jactino Garage (2401 San Jactino Boulevard) or the Manor Garage (2017 Robert Dedman Road).

Sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the College of Liberal Arts, and the University of Texas Libraries.

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