The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) will present the 2012 Americo Paredes Arts and Letters Award to Chicana filmmaker and screenwriter Lourdes Portillo on Thursday, May 3 at 5 p.m. in the Student Activity Center auditorium.
The awards ceremony will include a screening of Portillo's 1988 film, "La Ofenda: The Days of the Dead"and a conversation with Charles Ramirez Berg, Radio-Television-Film professor at The University of Texas at Austin. Portillo's films have focused on the search for Latino identity. She has worked in a richly varied range of forms, from television documentary to satirical video-film collage.
Each year, CMAS holds a lecture or symposia in honor of Américo Paredes, one of the center's principal founders and first director, whose service to CMAS, The University of Texas at Austin and Mexican American scholarship spanned more than 40 years.
This event is free and open to the public. Visit this website for more information.