(Feb. 22, 2010)--The UTSA Office of the President, the UTSA Mexico Center and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Department of Sociology will host author and Princeton sociology professor Edward Telles speaking on his book, "Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation and Race." Free and open to the public, the lecture is 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Telles co-authored "Generations of Exclusion" with UCLA sociology professor Vilma Ortiz while he was a faculty member at UCLA. The project began in the late 90s when UCLA researchers found a batch of completed surveys administered to Mexican Americans in 1965. Viewing an opportunity, Telles and Ortiz contacted the original survey respondents and their children four decades later. Their responses led to a long-term analysis of Mexican-American integration into United States society.
During interviews with the subjects of the 1965 survey, Telles and Ortiz solicited information about their subjects' demographics, education, immigration to the United States, employment, family dynamics, beliefs, children, financial status and perceived socioeconomic status.
When the researchers interviewed the children of the men and women surveyed in 1965, they collected similar information as well as descriptions of their subjects' childhood neighborhoods, language preferences, music preferences, political opinions and experiences with discrimination. Telles and Ortiz also asked them questions about their parents and the factors they considered crucial in raising their own children or young family members.
Although Telles and Ortiz' findings suggest that most second-generation Mexican Americans are proficient in English, they found that educational access remains substandard in many Mexican-American communities. Because many second-generation Mexican-American families stay in the same geographical areas where they first settled, they have been unable to advance their socioeconomic status. Those challenges are compounded by discrimination and unfavorable immigration policies, which tend to affect subsequent generations.
"Generations of Exclusion" received numerous awards including the Distinguished Book Award from the Pacific Sociological Association in 2009 and the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association's Latino Section Award the same year. The book is available from the Russell Sage Foundation and Barnes and Noble and is available in Spanish as "Generaciones de Exclusion: Mexicano-Estadounidenses, Asimilacion y Raza."
For more information, contact Olivia Lopez, UTSA Mexico Center, at 210-458-2923.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.