CMAS @ 40: Américo Paredes Remembered
Posted: April 29, 2010
The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) of The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the first event recognizing the 40th anniversary of the establishment of CMAS. CMAS @ 40: Américo Paredes Remembered will feature a panel discussion focusing on the life and work of Américo Paredes. Panelists will include Dr. Manuel Medrano, Professor of History, The University of Texas at Brownsville; Dr. Teresa McKenna, Associate Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Spanish and Portuguese, the University of Southern California; and Dr. José E. Limón, Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor in American and English Literature, The University of Texas at Austin.
The program will take place on Friday, May 7, 2010 beginning at 4:30 pm in the Santa Rita Suite (UNB 3.502) of the Texas Union.
For many years, the Center for Mexican American Studies has sponsored the Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings a prominent speaker from beyond The University of Texas at Austin to address the public on a timely topic in Mexican American Studies. CMAS @ 40: Américo Paredes Remembered complements the mission of this lecture series.
Américo Paredes was a musician, scholar, and folklorist from Brownsville, Texas. Prior to death on Cinco de Mayo of 1999, Dr. Paredes was the Dickson, Allen, and Anderson Centennial Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and English at The University of Texas at Austin. Among the numerous honors that marked his career are the Charles Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Orden del Águila Azteca – Mexico’s highest award given to the citizen’s of other countries. Dr. Paredes’ scholarship on the culture of the people of Greater Mexico helped lay the foundation of our understanding of the people of the Lower Rio Grande Border, and inspired an entire generation of Mexican American Scholars.