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UTPA to host Caribbean Studies Conference Nov. 2-5
Contact: Sandra Faires, Intern 381-2741
Posted: 10/09/2006
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The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Modern Languages and Literature and the Department of English will host an International Conference on Caribbean Studies at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort at South Padre Island Nov. 2 - 5.

The conference will feature the Caribbean as the center stage for the 21st century's paradigmatic shift from post-colonialism to globalization.

"The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum where international specialists on Caribbean issues have an opportunity to present their latest research and learn from each other," said Dr. Hector Romero, UTPA professor of Hispanic studies.

Gustavo Perez Firmat, writer and scholar, will serve as the keynote speaker. Firmat is the David Feinson Professor of Humanities at Columbia University. He has written several award-winning books including "Life on the Hyphen," "Next Year in Cuba," and "Tongue Ties."

"The blend of languages and customs and races makes the Caribbean one of the most complex and interesting regions in the Americas. Caribbean culture is amazingly various and surprisingly uniform." Firmat said.

The interdisciplinary conference will feature 164 presenters from all over the world including Spain, Australia, and Japan. More than 40 panels, organized by theme and academic disciplines, will be displayed with scholars presenting their research and taking questions from conference participants. The disciplines presented include art, economics, music, literature, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, political science, sociology and history.

All high school teachers, university faculty and Rio Grande Valley students are invited to attend as well as anyone interested in the different aspects of Caribbean studies. The sessions are free of charge. In addition, attendance certificates for professional development credit will be extended to those who go to the event.

For more information, contact Romero at 956/381-3441 or at hrromero@panam.edu. Visit http://www.panam.edu/dept/modlang/caribe1.htm for a complete description of the event.

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