AUSTIN: CMAS Weekly Events & Announcements: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

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From: CMAS <cmas@uts.cc.utexas.edu>
Date: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 2:25 PM
Subject: CMAS Weekly Events & Announcements: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5
To: CMAS Undergraduate Students <cmas@uts.cc.utexas.edu>

CMAS Events & Announcements



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The University Will be CLOSED from December 24 – December 31

UT will reopen on January 3.

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Serie XVII Art Exhibition

Exhibition will be up October 19, 2010 – January 21, 2010
Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00 PM
Location: West Mall Building (WMB), 5th Floor, Room 5.102

Featuring artwork by Sam Coronado, Byron Brauchli, Maria Natividad,  Tony Ortega, and Ruben Miranda

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Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America

Friends,

We wanted to let you all know that copies of the book, Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America, are currently available for purchase at Resistencia bookstore on South First Street in Austin, Texas.  Call the bookstore at (512) 416-8885 for more details.

CMAS

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Call for Spanish/English bilingual volunteers

Orange Santa
Various dates/times (listed below)
NOA 3.212 computer lab
Bilingual volunteers are still needed to help applicants complete the online application.

Fri. Nov 5 10-noon
Tues, Nov 9 9-11am
Wed, Nov 10 2-4pm
Thurs, Nov 11 4:30-6:30pm
Mon, Nov 15 10-noon
Tues, Nov 16 2-4pm

Contact Kathy Fries to volunteer.


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Benson Student Photo Exhibit

Come by the Benson and check out the 2010 ‘Last Summer I . . .’ Student Photo Exhibit. Find out what 18 of your colleagues (listed below) did this last summer on their research, work and volunteer trips in Latin America and the U.S. The photos and information about each person’s research project are on display, through the end of the year at least, in the center of the main Benson reading room,.

If you are far away from Austin and can’t make it by the Benson, you can also see all of the photos along with a description of each person’s research on the Benson’s Facebook page: (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=237494&id=22102222816) and they will soon be up on the LLILAS Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=245016&id=285534867266).

Entries came from graduates and undergraduates in LLILAS as well as the departments of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Government, Education and Communications, with research from the U.S., Mexico, and countries from throughout the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Come and find out more about the amazing work being done by UT Austin students in Latin America. Find connections between your own research and what others are doing, and get a firsthand visual tour of the diverse experiences your fellow students are having!

Special thanks to the following 18 students who submitted and were willing to share their research, volunteering, and activism:
Brandt Wallace – Guatemala
Ayca Arkilic – Chile
Carly Castetter – Nicaragua
Claudia Cervantes-Soon – Mexico
Daniel Mora-Brito – Venezuela
Dave Schaefer – Belize
Derrick Davis – Brazil
Emily Spangenberg – Argentina
Eva Hershaw – Peru
Gina Casey – Dominican Republic
Jessica Price – Mexico
Leticia Aparicio Soriano – Mexico
Monica Bosquez – Mexico/US
Pamela Neumann – Nicaragua
Rocío Villalobos – U.S.
Samantha Serrano – Guatemala
Vanessa Martinez – Guatemala
Alejandra Zambrano and the La Poderosa Media Project – Ecuador (group includes:
UT Graduate Students and Spanish Instructors from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese: Alejandra Zambrano, Jorge García, Giulianna Zambrano, Joseph Pierce, Lorna Torrado, César Taboada.  UT Undergraduate Students: Michael B. Howell, Catherine Mitchell, Alyssa Flores, Jeremy Gutiérrez, Stephanie Do, Kelsey Harmon)

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The Education Equation Policy Forum
Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and
Texas Center for Education Policy, University of Texas at Austin

December 9, 2010
11:30 – 2:00PM
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center
Austin, TX

In August 2010, President Obama remarked that the U.S. now ranks 12th
globally in college graduation rates for young adults. “Education is
the economic issue of our time,” with implications on a family’s
financial security, employment prospects and ability to contribute to
the economy.

This forum will bring together experts to discuss
* Closing the gaps in minority participation, research and
achievement
* Improving access to higher education and graduation rates
* Finding new ways to pay for education
* Understanding factors that affect the value of higher education

Featured Speakers
* Martha Kanter, Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Education
* Michelle Cooper, President, Institute for Higher Education Policy
* Raymond Paredes, Commissioner, Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board
* Kirk Watson, Senator, District 14, Texas Senate
* Andrea Levere, President, CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development)

There will be lunch served, and there is a $25 fee for that.

For more information on the agenda and speakers, or to register,
visit <http://www.dallasfed.org/news/ca/2010/10education.cfm>.

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You Are Invited:

Lupita Murillo Tinnen
American DREAM

Opening Reception:  Saturday, November 20, 7 to 9pm

Without ever revealing a face, photographer Lupita Murillo Tinnen creates powerful portraits of undocumented students.  The obscured faces suggest the invisibility of their personal plight and the precariousness that their undocumented status creates.  Using the students’ rooms as a lens to view their Americanized identities, Tinnen creates poignant images of lives constantly threatened by joblessness and deportation. Tinnen puts a human face on the statistics and titles each image with the student’s academic interest and the age they were brought to the U.S.  This work is presented against the backdrop of pending legislation: the Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act that would provide a pathway to citizenship.

Panel Talk American DREAM with Lupita Murillo Tinnen and guests
Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 PM

Panelists include: Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Artist; Ramiro Luna, Dallas DREAM activist; Terri Givens, Associate Professor of Government, UT Austin: and Barbara Hines, Professor and Co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the School of Law, UT Austin.  The panel will examine this contentious issue and the unique barriers faced by these young students.

Exhibition on view November 20 through January 6, 2011 at Women & Their Work Gallery.  November 20th is Tax Free Day!
Visit http://womenandtheirwork.org or call 512-477-1064 for more information.
M-F 10-6pm & Sat 12-5pm, 1710 Lavaca, Austin, TX 78701.

WOMEN & THEIR WORK – BOLD ABOUT ART

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Abriendo Brecha VIII
Eighth Annual Activist Scholarship Conference
Sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Community Engagement Center

February 17-19, 2011
The Texas Union

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 and economic justice. Abriendo Brecha VIII calls for a renewed discussion on the meanings and practices of activist scholarship, particularly as it relates to solidarity between groups and overcoming power inequalities through alliance. Some themes for this year’s conference include: struggles over land, resource distribution, gentrification, prisons, cross-racial alliance, and immigrant rights.

Abriendo Brecha VIII is a unique opportunity for coalition building across geographic, political, and national spaces, as well as a forum to present engaged academic work in solidarity with communities at the local, national and international level. Solidarity, as a key theme, will both guide submissions as well as structure the nature of the conference. Presentations will consist of action-oriented discussions, panels, interactive workshops, performances, and film. This is an opportunity to meet, exchange experiences, and create local and cross-border connections with others working at the intersections of grassroots organizing and intellectual production.

We welcome the participation of activists, community members, artists, high school students and those not specifically connected to academia. Abriendo Brecha is free and open to the public.

Proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2010.

For proposal instructions and submissions please visit: www.utexas.edu/diversity/abriendobrecha/
Contact AbriendoBrecha2011@gmail.com with any questions.


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* To submit an event or announcement please email the information to albertg@mail.utexas.edu no later than Mondays at 11am. Thanks!

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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
cmas@uts.cc.utexas.edu
www.utexas.edu/depts/cmas

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