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UTPA hosted International Conference of Caribbean Studies
By Sandra Faires, Intern
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Posted: 11/17/2006
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The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Department of English and the Office of International Programs hosted the first International Conference on Caribbean Studies at South Padre Island Nov. 2-5.

The purpose of the international and interdisciplinary conference was to provide a forum for international specialists on Caribbean Studies to have an opportunity to present their latest research and learn from each other, while exploring the shift from post-colonialism to globalization in an interdisciplinary approach.

This interdisciplinary conference featured 164 presenters from all over the world including Japan, South Africa and Australia. More than 40 discussion panels, organized by theme and academic disciplines, were displayed by scholars who represented their research. The papers and discussions were held in three major languages of the Caribbean: English, French and Spanish.

“By all accounts, the conference was a complete success,” said Dr. Héctor Romero, UTPA professor of Hispanic Studies.

Romero, who organized the event, said that he has received e-mails daily from presenters praising the success of the conference and the unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and generate new ideas for future research.

Dr. Glenn Martinez, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, said he was impressed by the caliber of the dialogue and pristine organization of the event.

Dr. Steven Schneider, chair of the Department of English, said he was happy to see so many scholars from all over the world engaged in dialogue about important cultural and literary issues.

“Hosting such a conference raises the academic profile of our college and the University,” Schneider said.

To learn more about the conference, contact Romero at 956/381-3441 or at hrromero@panam.edu.

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