AUSTIN: CMAS Events and Annoucements

CMAS Events and Announcements:

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Senator Leticia Van de Putte, along with the Senate Hispanic Caucus and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, will be sponsoring an art exhibit at the Texas Capitol featuring 27 San Antonio artists. The theme of the art exhibit, "Portrait of a Xicano Conscience: The Great Judge Albert Pena Jr.," features various depictions of the life of the late Judge Albert Pena.

Judge Albert Pena Jr. was a four-term Bexar County Commissioner and civil rights activist. Pena volunteered services in school desegregation cases in the early 1950s. He worked with others to integrate schools in Hondo, Lytle and Natalia. Judge Pena was appointed a municipal court judge in 1977 and became a presiding judge six years later. Judge Pena also was an organizer for the United Automobile Workers in San Antonio, and a founder of the Mexican American Unity Council and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

The Senator would like to invite you to visit the exhibit at the Capitol and attend a reception in honor of the artists. The Texas State Capitol Exhibition will be on display from Nov. 9-20 at the South Central Gallery (Level E-2) and the reception will be held on Nov. 16, 5:30 – 7:30PM in the Legislative Conference Room (Level E-2). Please feel free to share this invite, as the event is open to the public.

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Please join us (and help spread the word!) for:

"The Lives of Indigenous Women in a OPost-Racial’ and OPost-Feminist’ World"
a talk by Professor Andrea Smith, University of California-Riverside
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
7 p.m.
University of Texas at Austin
Thompson Conference Center auditorium (TCC 1.110)
TCC is next to the LBJ School at Red River and Dean Keeton.
There is free convenient parking for motorists in the large lots along Red
The conference center is on Bicycle Route 42; see
For bus routes, use the trip planner at

Professor Andrea Smith teaches in the Department of Media and Cultural
Studies at the University of California-Riverside. Well known for both her
academic and activist work, Smith combines careful scholarship and a
commitment to community engagement. In her lecture she will analyze the
realities of white supremacy and patriarchy as they play out in the lives of
indigenous women in the United States.

Smith is the author of Native Americans and the Christian Right: The
Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (2008) and Conquest: Sexual Violence
and American Indian Genocide (2005). She is also the editor of The
Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
(2009) and co-editor of The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology (2006).
Smith currently serves as the U.S. coordinator for the Ecumenical
Association of Third World Theologians and is a co-founder of Incite! Women
of Color Against Violence, a national activist organization of radical
feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of
color. She recently completed a report for the United Nations on Indigenous
Peoples and Boarding Schools.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Senior
Fellows honors program of the College of Communication, Gender and Sexuality
Center, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Longhorn American
Indian Council. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 or

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Pro Arts Collective invites you to be our guest
For the Launch Celebration of Austin’s African American
Cultural Heritage District

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
10:30A – 1:00P
Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street

District Tours 10:30 and 11:15A
Designation Program 12:00N – 12:30P

For more information, call 512-236-0644

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Please join the Mexican Center of LLILAS for the talk

“A Brief History of Tamales”

Austin-based food writer Claudia Alarcón will explore the pre-Hispanic origins
of the tamal and its continued importance in Mexican cooking and culture today.

This is the first talk in the speaker series Foodways of Mexico: Past, Present,and Future,
which will look at lesser-known aspects of Mexico’s rich culinary tradition.

Thursday, November 19, 2009
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Reception to follow 7:00-7:30 p.m.

Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX, 78704

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Mexican Center
at <> or 512.232.2423.

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Come and enjoy the 6th edition of our Women & Fair Trade – Sale , Culture & Art. This year we will have eight cooperatives from various parts of the world, formed by women adversely affected by global policies. They will tell their stories and sell beautiful handmade crafts, toys, pottery, jewelry, clothing and textiles.

Art lovers, and the broader Austin community will learn about fair trade and shop at the same time. We will offer a workshop on flute making; children and adults are welcome! The market festival will also feature a cultural arts lunch at Karibu Restaurant on Saturday @ 2:00 pm with the theme "Rise up through fair trade" which will include music, raffles and a discussion on fair trade. Please refer to our website closer to date for details on program and schedule.

What: Women & Fair Trade – Sale , Culture and Art

Where: 1221 East 6th St. (SW corner of 6th & Attayac St .)

When: Saturday and Sunday, November 21st & 22nd, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Who: American Friends Service Committee – Austin office

For volunteering please send email to

Help us unite in showing that there is another way, that there is another path for all of us in these challenging economic times.

Cynthia, Judith, Carole, Natalia, Tomás & Josefina
Organizing Committee

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East Austin Studio Tour


Liliana Wilson &
Mary Jane Garza

Visitenos! Come by!

11/14-15 & 11/21-22
10AM – 5PM

1404 Canterbury St
512-431-5658 or 512-589-4723

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The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to host the 2010 National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Regional Conference.

Call for Submissions

Pasado, Presente, y Futuro: Forty Years of Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas

NACCS-Tejas Foco Regional Conference
The University of Texas at Austin
February 25-27, 2010
The year 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the formal establishment of Mexican American Studies in the academy in Texas. Since the early 1970s, many approaches have been developed and employed in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies, some focusing on political economy, others on cultural studies, some focusing on the specificity of the Tejano experience, others focusing on how Texas fits into the larger experience of Mexican Americans in the United States and linkages to Mexico and Latin America. Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas has drawn from many intellectual approaches and fields, and struggled to expand the definition of the academy, activism, and intellectual life.

The goal of the 2010 NACCS-Tejas Foco Regional Conference is to examine questions around a "Texas School" of Chicana and Chicano Studies. We invite scholars of Chicana and Chicano Studies, members of NACCS, and the general public to submit proposals for papers, panels, or performances that engage the question of whether there is (or is not) a Texas-based approach to Chicana and Chicano Studies. Submissions may look at the past, present, and future of Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas to outline such a "Texas School" of thought or may call into question the very idea of such a proposition. The conference will also consider whether there is more than one school of thought within Texas.

Proposals for papers, panels, or performances should include a 250-word abstract (maximum length) and must include full contact information. Paper proposals can come from individuals or co-authors. Panel proposals must list all participants who have agreed to serve on the panel. Performance proposals must provide technical requirements. The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2010.
All proposals must be submitted by e-mail attachment to Luis Guevara at

For more information regarding this event or other CMAS programming, please call 512-471-4557
or visit the CMAS website at

Center for Mexican American Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
West Mall Building 5.102
1 University Station F9200
Austin, TX 78712

(512) 471-4557
(512) 471-9639 Fax


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