Americo Paredes Distinguished Lectures
Posted: May 2, 2006
The Center for Mexican American Studies College of Liberal Arts The University of Texas at Austin
The Center for Mexican American Studies and UT-Austin Graduate Education, 1970-2006
The Americo Paredes Distinguished Lectures
May 5. 2006 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Texas Union Chicano Culture Room (4.206)
In years past the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) has annually sponsored the Americo Paredes Distinguished Lecture to honor the memory of Professor Americo Paredes, the Dean of Mexican American Studies; a distinguished member of the University of Texas at Austin faculty from 1957 to 1999; and, the founder of CMAS. For this lecture, we have always invited a prominent scholar, artist, or public figure to address some significant topic within the broad field of Mexican American Studies. This year, as part of our celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Center for Mexican American Studies, we have decided to change this traditional format by inviting several such and select scholars to the campus for this occasion to present - in plural - the Americo Paredes Distinguished Lectures on May 5,th the anniversary date of Dr. Paredes' passing seven years ago but also Cinco de Mayo. However, in addition to their high academic standing, this particular set of scholars also shares another distinctive attribute: they are all graduates of PhD programs at the University of Texas at Austin, and while at the University, they had an affiliation with the mission of the Center for Mexican American Studies and often with CMAS itself. From their University graduate education, they have gone on to establish themselves as superior scholars in Mexican American and/or Latino Studies in their respective fields, testimony to the fine graduate programs at the University and to the influence of CMAS. We are delighted to recognize these accomplished, CMAS- affiliated scholars - some members of our own faculty - and to welcome yet others back to the campus. At the end of the lectures, we will also screen a new film by Professor Manuel Medrano of the University of Texas - Brownsville on the life of Americo Paredes who, amongst his many other talents, was a master teacher of graduate students.
For more information please call the Center for Mexican American Studies at 512 -471-4557 or visit our web site at www.utexas.edu/depts/cmas. -- Elvira Prieto Academic Advisor Center for Mexican American Studies University of Texas at Austin 1 University Station F9200 Austin, TX 78712 WMB 5.102 Phone: (512) 471-2134 Fax: (512) 471-9639 http://www.utexas.edu/depts/cmas/