The University of Texas-Pan American will bring Latin America to the Rio Grande Valley April 2-6 as the campus celebrates its annual Pan American Days.
Hosted by the Office of International Programs, the week offers the University community and the public a wide range of academic and cultural activities related to Americans of all ages and nationalities from 24 different nations. Its goal is to promote and strengthen bonds of friendship and understanding that unite these countries.
Initiated by official proclamations throughout the Western Hemisphere, Pan American Days is an official recognition of the anniversary of the day when the Pan American Union was established in 1890. The Pan American Union, the former name of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States headquartered in Washington, D.C., was created to promote international cooperation, share technical and informational services, serve as a repository of international documents and further economic, social, juridical and cultural relations among its members.
Exhibits will be showcased throughout the week including retablos and oil paintings in the University Library Lobby; Retablos: The Art of Faith, at the Visitors Center; and works by Caribbean printmakers at the University Gallery. A Latin American Film Series will also be shown each day at 3 p.m. at the University Library, Room 310.
Among the many Pan American Days speakers are Dr. Ana Castillo, renowned Chicana poet and writer, who will speak on Border Guardians, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater and Ernest Bromley, chairman and CEO of Bromley Communications, who will speak on How to Target Advertising Cuts Across Age and Nationalities, April 3 at 9:10 a.m. in the Jeffers Theater at the Communication Arts and Sciences Building.
Furthermore, Dalia Hernandez, lead actress in Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, will give a presentation on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Student Union Theater, followed by a showing of the movie at 7 p.m. In addition, coffee and comedy hour with Cleto Rodriguez, a regional comic from San Antonio will be held April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Student Union Cafeteria.
A dance performance will also be held at noon, April 5 by MAZATL: Aztec Dancers, a dance group from Tenochtitlan, Mexico.
Throughout the week Fulbright Scholars from Argentina and Brazil as well as UTPA professors will also participate at various locations on campus in special lectures, debates and panel discussions on topics that reflect Latin American perspectives in their individual disciplines.
A Study Abroad Fair highlighting travel and study abroad opportunities for students will also be held at the UTPA Library Media Courtyard on April 3 at 11:30 a.m. The fair will include free food, raffles, music and entertainment for everyone.
All events and activities are free and open to the public. For more information or a complete schedule for Pan American Days, contact the Office of International Programs at 956/381-3572 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site www.panam.edu/dept/internationalprograms.