Abriendo Brecha VII: A Conference on Scholarship, Activism, and Social Justice
Thu, February 18, 2010 • Multiple Venues, Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin
Abriendo Brecha is an annual conference at The University of Texas at Austin dedicated to activist scholarship; i.e. research and creative intellectual work in alignment with communities, organizations, movements and networks working for social justice.
Abriendo Brecha VII calls for a renewed discussion on the meanings and practices of activist scholarship, particularly as it relates to the challenges of the present moment. Some themes for this year’s conference include: Race and Inequality throughout the Americas; Environmental Justice Movements; and The Global Economic Crisis. This year’s conference will consist of a mixed format that includes panels, workshops, poster presentations, performances and film. Speakers, panelists, and performers include:
Iris Morales—Activist, filmmaker and former leading member of the Young Lord’s Party. (Keynote) Thursday, 5pm, Santa Rita Room
Omi Osun Olomo/Joni Jones—Director, John. L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. (Keynote). Friday, 12pm, Santa Rita Room
Javier Auyero—Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Sociology, University of Texas at Austin. Friday, 2pm, Texas Union Theater
Alejandro Cerda—sociologist at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana de México, Unidad Xochimilco; expert on autonomy in Zapatista municipalities in Chiapas. Saturday, 4pm, Chicano Culture Room
Eli Efi— former front man and founder of the politically charged Brazilian rap group DMN. Friday, 5pm, Texas Union Theater
Hilda Kurtz—Associate Professor of Geography, University of Georgia. Friday, 2pm, Texas Union Theater
Loira Limbal (aka DJ Laylo)—Hiphop artist, co-producer of award winning documentary “Estilo Hip Hop.” Friday, 5pm, Texas Union Theater
Adrienne Pine—Assistant professor of Anthropology, American University and author of Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras. Saturday, 4pm, Chicano Culture Room
Max Rameau—Community organizer, writer and leader of Miami’s Take Back the Land. Saturday, 4pm, Chicano Culture Room
Alvaro Reyes—post-doctoral fellow, Department of Geography, Duke University. Saturday, 4pm, Chicano Culture Room
Julie Sze— Associate Professor of American Studies, founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment. Friday, 2pm, Texas Union Theater.
Abriendo Brecha VII is sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) Community Engagement Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Cosponsors: Center for Asian American Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts, John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies, Mexican Center, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.