The University of Texas-Pan American will implement a weeklong multidisciplinary conference on the Mexican Revolution thanks to the support of a $100,000 grant recently received by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"I am thrilled about receiving the grant," Guerra said. "As a university on the border of two countries and cultures, UTPA is in a unique position to disseminate humanities scholarship on the impact of the Mexican Revolution to the area and to the country."
The goal of the grant is to bring the foremost scholars, authors, and educators in their disciplines to UTPA and the surrounding community to contribute their expertise, encourage intellectual inquiry and exchange, and improve the capacity to understand and teach the humanities. Panel discussions will be led and moderated by faculty members from the College of Arts and Humanities.
"Since 2010 will be the centennial anniversary of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution, this study will create a timely opportunity for our university to investigate the cultural, artistic, and literary impact of this very significant and historical event on South Texas," Guerra said.
Also instrumental in preparing the grant proposal were Dr. Sonia Hernandez, assistant professor of history and philosophy; Dr. Glenn Martinez, associate professor of modern languages and literature; and Tony Casas, special projects coordinator for the college.
This conference is one of the many events in the works for UTPA's FESTIBA, which takes place on campus March 22-27, 2010. FESTIBA celebrates the arts and humanities at UTPA and promotes literacy and broadens cultural awareness through books, theatre, music, arts, dance and much more. The festival, which originally started as a three-day event, has expanded to a week offering a variety of events including concerts, workshops, a Congressional Roundtable on Literacy, and a Community Day.
The University is also collaborating with the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg for FESTIBA 2010 to commemorate the impact of the Mexican Revolution and will hold various events and scholarly lectures there.
"In addition to showcasing our faculty and students, and promoting literacy in South Texas, we believe that FESTIBA is the most efficient and effective way to engage the community with our work in the arts and humanities," Guerra said.
For more information about the grant or FESTIBA, contact the College of Arts and Humanities at 956/381-2175.