|Last year’s Pan American Days at UTPA featured many performances including the Samba Vida Drum and Dance Group which performed “Carnaval Brasileiro.” This year Pan American Days will be held April 6 and 7.|
Hosted by the Office of International Programs, Pan American Days serves to provide the University community and the public with a wide range of academic and cultural activities that appeal to all ages and nationalities. One of this year’s highlights will be the first “Noche de Arte” art walk on April 7 from 6-9 p.m. starting at the Art Gallery in UTPA’s Communication Arts and Sciences Building, and featuring the work of Nicaraguan artist, Carlos Barberena De La Rocha. His art expresses his sentiments and digs deep into the vastness of human knowledge. His Print Portfolio is presented as a manner of reflection about war and its effects and how these memories and fears affect our lives not only physically but also in psychological terms.
In addition, Pan American Days will offer student art exhibits, country music by Highway 7, Capoeira demonstration by Gye Nyame, Spanish rock by Arzalez, and much more. Students will be able to enter an essay contest where they can express their views on a variety of issues facing Latin America as the second decade of the new millennium approaches. Throughout the week, UTPA professors and students will also participate at various locations on campus in special presentations and panel discussions on topics that reflect “Pan American” perspectives in their individual disciplines.
As a tradition, Pan American Days celebrates the founding of the Pan American Union and the indelible effect this has had in unifying the 24 American nations. As the predecessor of the Organization of American States, the Pan American Union was created in order to advance international cooperation, free trade of information and to encourage economic, social, judicial, and cultural relations among the Americas. Pan American Days is an annual celebration which stands as tribute to the creation of this singular continental community and marks the anniversary of its inception in 1930.
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 visit the Web site www.utpa.edu/oip.