Associate Professor Rodolfo Rosales is keynote speaker at Japan symposium

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Associate Professor Rodolfo Rosales with students in Japan

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(Nov. 20, 2009)--Rodofo Rosales, UTSA associate professor of political science and geography, recently was the keynote speaker at a symposium in Kumamoto, Japan.

Sponsored by the University of Kumamoto College of Culture and Science and the Faculty of Law, Rosales spoke on "Community As the Material Basis for Citizenship: Community Politics in the Context of the Market Economy."

His presentation provided a historical and political analysis of San Antonio's organizational infrastructure and traced how the community has dealt with or failed to deal with market forces that tend to undermine community participation in governance.

"I was received very well by the Japanese academicians who invited me and had one of the most incredible experiences of my life," said Rosales.

While in Japan, Rosales traveled to the small community of Yufuin at the foot of Mt. Yufu, where he met with city council members and community activists working to protect the environment and to manage the influence of outside investors.