UTPA to host Pan American Days March 23-27
Posted: 03/04/2009
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The University of Texas-Pan American will welcome speakers, performers, the University community and public to celebrate Pan American Days 2009 March 23-27.

Pan American Days 2008 featured many performances including the Samba Vida Drum and Dance Group which performed "Carnaval Brasileiro."
Pan American Days celebrates our affinity with all of the Americas as well as our location on the U.S.-Mexico border. This annual event also commemorates the founding of the Pan American Union, predecessor of the Organization of American States, which was created to promote international cooperation, share information, and further economic, social, juridical and cultural relations among its members.

Hosted by the Office of International Programs in collaboration with UTPA's Festival of International Books and Arts and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Pan American Days offers the University community and the public a wide range of academic and cultural activities related to Americans of all ages and nationalities. Its goal is to promote and strengthen bonds of friendship and understanding that unite these countries. Featured speakers, panel discussions, cultural performances and films are among highlights of Pan American Days, including the Grupo Sazon who will bring "Havana Night" to the University March 25 at 6 p.m. in the Library Media Courtyard.

Other featured events include the "Volunteerism, Human Rights, Central America and Beyond" presentation by Dr. Harold Nelson, advocacy coordinator of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) on March 23 at 1:10 p.m. in the SBS Building, Room 101. In addition, "Citizenship on the Border: The Border Wall, Immigration, and National Security in the Rio Grande Valley", a presentation by Dr. Miguel Diaz-Barriga, chair and professor of anthropology at the Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Dr. Margaret Dorsey, professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, will be held March 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the SBS Building, Room 101. These events are cosponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

"Border Forum: Media Coverage of Violence on the US-Mexican Border," comprised of Mexican and Texas media representatives, will be held March 25 at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Theater.

Throughout the week UTPA professors and students will participate at various locations on campus in special presentations and panel discussions on topics that reflect "Pan American" perspectives in their individual disciplines.

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 or visit the Web site