(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.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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