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UTPA hosts Pan American Days April 15-19
Posted: 04/12/2002
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The University of Texas-Pan American will celebrate Pan American Days 2002 April 15-19 to promote the United States, Mexico and Latin America on campus.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the theme for this year's event is "Hispanics and the Americas in the New Millennium." Numerous academic and cultural activities for the University and community will be celebrated throughout the week, and outstanding faculty members excelling in research, scholarship and service on the United States, Mexico and Latin America will be honored with the Dr. Arnulfo Martinez Excellence Awards.

Topics include the crisis in Argentina, the changing political economy in Mexico and Latin America, maquiladoras, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Hispanic literature and conducting business in Mexico. Speakers include Dr. Carol Wise of John Hopkins University, Dr. Jorge Tovar from the University of California-Berkeley and Dr. Elsie-Echeverri Carroll from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as Emmanuel Carballo, Mexican literary critic and author, and Dr. Juan Carlos Brid from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribbean.

Also, the XV Spanish Symposium will be held in conjunction with Pan American Days, April 17-19. This program brings scholars and high school teachers together to discuss globalization and Hispanic literature.

Several cultural events are scheduled, beginning with Danzas de las Americas by the South Texas Dance Theatre, Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. A day later, the internationally famous Flamenco Group Teye from San Antonio will be featured at the Albert Jeffers Theatre.

Various exhibits also will be on display during Pan American Days at the Clark Gallery, University Gallery and University Library.

For more information, contact Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, assistant vice president for International Programs, at 956/381-3572.

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