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UTSA hosts Great Cities Dialogue on government accountability, civic engagement

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(April 18, 2011)--SA 2020, a six-month, community-wide collaborative defining the future of San Antonio, will be the focus of this year's Great Cities Dialogue from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 22 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Admission is free and open to the public with free parking available in the university's D-3 lot on S. Pecos-La Trinidad Street.

>>Watch the event live via videostream. The videostream also will be available post-event.

Sponsored by the Office of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the UTSA College of Public Policy, Castro will begin the conversation to advance ideas established during SA 2020.

"I applaud UTSA for stepping forward and becoming one of the first partners to join the action phase of the SA 2020 effort," said Castro. "Civic engagement was one of the cornerstones of SA 2020, and I'm excited that UTSA's College of Public Policy is actively engaged in moving the conversation forward."

Great Cities Dialogue participants will begin an action plan for progress on the government accountability and civic engagement element of SA 2020, guided by ideas included in the recently released 2011 report.

"At this event, our most interactive Great Cities ever, citizens will work together to move the city toward targets identified in the SA 2020 community meetings," said Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "We will look at ideas on how to improve voter turnout, public service volunteerism, access to public information, diversity of city boards and commissions, and much more. We will then discuss how to make these indicators happen."

Great Cities Dialogue is an ongoing UTSA College of Public Policy series that gathers leading academic experts, civic leaders and policy makers to discuss issues of significance to San Antonio and provide opportunities for community dialogue. Discussion is centered on key topics influencing San Antonio's growth and development into a great city.

>> Registration for the event is encouraged; to register, email copp@utsa.edu or call Marian Bownds at 210-458-2530.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tomás Rivera Children's Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children – more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages – Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p,m,; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
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