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CMAS Announces Public Symposium for Spring 2013

Posted: April 14, 2013
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The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce a public symposia series beginning in the fall semester 2012. 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 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.

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 Program, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

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

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

Panel 3: Education, 1:50 pm  - 3:20 pm

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

Closing Plenary, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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

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