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September 27, 2001
Vol. 28, No. 11



University responds to national tragedy

Fall enrollment total sets record high

University's innovative "artsreach" program builds new art, music audience

Address on the State of the University

New members of Academy of Distinguished Teachers, faculty honored

Diverse new committee to evaluate dean of students applicants

Remarks from the Memorial Ceremony

News Briefs

University student features Bandera youth in special fine arts initiative

Fine arts program invites students to attend shows, exhibits for free

Entrepreneur teams with university professors to found startup technology company

$390,000 Toyota USA grant doubles science training for K-12 teachers

Faculty Council

Dell vice president named chief financial officer at university

Ambassador credits education for success


$720,000 TIF grant awarded to university's General Libraries

Harley Clark remembers introduction of "Hook ''em Horns" spirit signal

Professors strive to shorten developmen times for engineering systems


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By Rick Cherwitz and Courtney Dillard
Office of Graduate Studies

arete column  

Name: Peter C. Haney
Hometown: Lawrence, Kan.
Department: Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies
Supervisor: Richard Flores, Director

Peter Haney’s work involving Mexican American theater in San Antonio is building bridges between the university and the Mexican American community.

Last year, Haney completed his field research as a Rockefeller/Gateways Humanities Fellow at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, a community-based Chicana/o arts organization on San Antonio’s West Side.

In his dissertation, Haney examines the role vaudeville and related popular entertainment played in forming public spaces of discussion and interaction among ethnic Mexicans in San Antonio.

"Theater was an important part of the Mexican immigrant civic culture because it created a forum in which the Mexican colony could gather together, both to project an image outward to the encompassing Anglo order and to reflect on its own internal divisions," Haney said.

Editor's Note: Arete is an ancient Greek word for virtue, describing the quest for individual excellence. In this regular feature of On Campus, the university salutes its graduate students—whose considerable contributions to the academy and larger community are truly virtuous. These features will be framed and posted in the lobby of the Office of Graduate Studies, Main 101.

His work extends beyond the dissertation project, affecting the community in which he has conducted his research. Recently, Haney was contracted to write the text for an exhibit about Mexican American tent shows at the Hertzberg Circus Museum in downtown San Antonio. The exhibit also incorporated several photographs he had collected from other circus families during his earlier research.

The exhibit, now a permanent section of the museum, continues to serve local schoolchildren, the tourists who flock to San Antonio’s downtown and the elderly residents of the city who remember the tent shows.

In August of 2000, Haney participated in a street theater group organized by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center to raise public awareness of the legal battle stemming from the city of San Antonio’s decision to cut off the center’s city arts funding.

Haney also has been an active member of the university community. He was co-chair of the 1997 Symposium about Language and Society and was a member of the editorial board of Text, Practice, Performance, the journal of the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies. He also helped to organize teaching assistants for the Texas State Employees Union and participated in student movements related to affirmative action and racial justice on campus.

In the future, Haney plans to teach at the university level. He believes his contact with Chicana/o arts organizations will be an invaluable resource, both as a way of exposing students to those organizations' activities and as possible locations for students who were interested in doing their own research or internships in this area.

NOTE: Nominations (including self-nominations) for ARETE should be sent to Associate Dean Richard Cherwitz at spaj737@uts.cc.utexas.edu


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