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UTPA hosts Pan American Days April 15-19
By Office of University Relations
381-2741
Posted: 04/11/2002
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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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Pan American Days 2002

Tuesday, April 16
"Maquiladoras in Mexico" by Dr. Elsie L. Echeverri Carroll, The University of Texas at Austin
1 p.m., Engineering Building Auditorium

Wednesday, April 17
"Mexican American Culture" by Maria Elena Sovek, University of California-Santa Barbara
"Colonias: The Ecological Impact and Consequences" by Dr. Jaime Chahin, Southwest Texas State University
9:45 a.m., Engineering Building Auditorium

"The Crisis in Argentina" by Dr. Carol Wise, John Hopkins University
11:45 a.m., Engineering Building Auditorium

Health in the Americas" by Dr. Antonio Ugalde, UT Austin, and Dr. Nuria Homedes, The University of Texas at El Paso
1:45 p.m., Engineering Building Auditorium

Thursday, April 18
"U.S.-Mexico Relations" by Ambassador Jorge Palacios Trevino
9:10 a.m., Engineering Building Auditorium

"Economic Development in Colombia" by Dr. Jorge Tovar, University of California-Berkeley
Noon, Engineering Building Auditorium

"Mexico and Latin America Problems and Prospects" by Dr. Juan Carlos Brid, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribbean
7 p.m., Business Administration Building Room 110


XV Spanish Symposium

Thursday, April 18
Keynote speaker Emmanuel Carballo, eminent Mexican literary critic, author and scholar
9:30 a.m., LRC Media Theatre

Hispanic Fashion Show by International Women’s Board
10:30 a.m., LRC Media Theatre

Matias-Montes Huidrobo, international author, critic and scholar
1:45 p.m., LRC Media Theatre

Friday, April 19
Eduardo Parra, distinguished Mexican author
9:30 a.m., LRC Media Theatre

Borderland writers David Toscana, Hilda Serna, Felipe Montes, Peter E. Brown, Juan Antonio Gonzalez and Cipriano Cardenas
10:45 a.m. LRC Media Theatre


Cultural Programs

Tuesday, April 16
La Joya Coyotes Mariachi, La Joya High School Violines Magicos, Universidad de Tamaulipas UAT-Victoria
11:30 a.m., Library Lobby

Wednesday, April 17
Danzas de las Americas, South Texas Dance Theatre
7:30 p.m., Student Union Auditorium

Thursday, April 18
Son de Veracruz, Memorial High School Ballet Folklorico
Noon, Library Lobby