(Nov. 11, 2010)--As part of UTSA Diversity Month, the UTSA Honors College will host a presentation by Liza Bakewell, assistant professor of research in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University, on her book, "Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun." Free and open to the public, the lecture will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 in Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building Room 2.102 on the UTSA Main Campus.
The presentation will focus on her analysis of why the Spanish word "madre" (mother) is so complicated in Spanish -- especially in Mexico, where the word is used in both positive and negative expression.
In 1995, Bakewell began The Mesolore Project, a research and educational software project on Mesoamerican writing systems, manuscripts and history from both the pre- and post-Cortes periods.
Bakewell is an anthropologist and writer who explores creative non-fiction, Spanish language and culture, linguistics, aesthetics, gender, women's studies, pictorial writing of Mesoamerica, pedagogy and multimedia, and indigenous rights.
Her writing has appeared in Words without Borders, Humanistic Quarterly, Frontiers, American Anthropologist, Encyclopedia of Mexico, www.mesolore.net and other publications.
Blakewell earned a bachelor's degree in performing arts and anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College and a master's degree in museum studies and doctoral degree in anthropology from Brown University.
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.
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