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UTSA hosts 'Dancing Across Borders' mini-symposium Feb. 22

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(Feb. 19, 2010)-The UTSA Department of English and the Mexican American Studies Program will host a mini-symposium "Dancing Across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos" on Monday, Feb. 22 at the UTSA Main and Downtown campuses. The events are free and open to the public.

At 12:30 p.m. in Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 2.01.24 on the UTSA Main Campus, authors and co-editors of "Dancing Across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos" will discuss their book.

Scheduled panelists include Keta Miranda, UTSA chair of the Mexican American Studies program; Norma Cantu, UTSA professor of English; Jose Torres, UTSA Mariachi group director; Olga Najera Ramirez, Elisa Huerta and Russell Rodriguez, University of California at Santa Cruz; Brenda Romero, University of Colorado at Boulder and Dan Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution.

From 4 to 8 p.m. in the Frio Street Building Riklin Auditorium (1.407) at the UTSA Downtown Campus, authors and co-editors will speak again, followed by performances by the UTSA Mariachi group Los Paisanos and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Dance Academy.

The mini-symposium is sponsored by the UTSA Mexican American Studies Program in the Department of Bicultural and Bilingual Studies, UTSA Department of English and the UTSA Mexico Center.

For more information, e-mail Norma Cantu or Marie "Keta" Miranda.



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