(Nov. 1, 2010)--The UTSA Department of Anthropology will host the first South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica Nov. 6-7 in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Mesoamerica is a region and culture area extending from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua within which a number of pre-Columbian societies flourished before the Spanish colonization of the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Free and open to the public, the conference will bring together scholars from various academic fields including anthropology, archaeology, art history and history to present their latest research on the indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America. With presenters representing more than 20 U.S. universities, the conference will provide a venue for scholars, students and the general public to share ideas, information and interpretations.
At 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, Jaime Awe, director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, will provide the keynote lecture, "The Bright Side of My Time in the Underworld: 15 Years of Maya Cave Archaeology in Belize."
With 22 years of experience in Maya archaeology, Awe has served as Belize commissioner of archaeology and chief archeologist. He also led the Western Belize Regional Cave Project and the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. Additionally, Awe taught at universities in Canada, England and the United States.
Other noted scholars will discuss a variety of topics including temples in Guatemala, tomb art in Western Mexico and Aztec female maize deities. For the schedule of speakers, visit the South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica website.
The UTSA Department of Anthropology is dedicated to the exploration of human diversity and provides students with a well-rounded understanding of the fields of anthropology. As a social and biological science, the discipline embraces a broad view of humanity in cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology.
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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