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(Nov. 7, 2012) -- The UTSA Mexico Center and the UTSA Center for Cultural Sustainability will host the conference "Bridging Cultures: Assessing the Cultural Heritage of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Borderland" from 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Noted scholar David Carrasco of Harvard Divinity School, present the keynote address,"Deep Heritage, Disruptions and the Choices of Hope,"at 6 p.m. Nov. 8.

The conference brings together 14 prominent American and Mexican scholars from disciplines such as anthropology, history, art, literature and sociology to examine the unique aspects of borderland culture.

The scholars will focus on details specific to the region such as bridges, fences, water, plazas, culture, space and society. It aims to address the contemporary value of the cultural heritage of the borderlands between Southwestern Texas and Northeastern Mexico to produce an understanding of the region's cultural vitality in order to ensure it is sustained.

>> View the full conference agenda.

Conference sponsors include Humanities Texas, the William and Salome Scanlan Foundation, The Ewing Halsell Foundation, the Alice Kleberg Foundation and the UTSA Honors College.

Established in October 2005, the Mexico Center is the umbrella organization that connects UTSA's Mexico-related experts. It is engaged in research and educational projects to promote greater knowledge and understanding of issues facing Latino immigrants from Mexico.

The Center for Cultural Sustainability explores the continuity of the cultural systems of human existence. Cultural sustainability includes consideration, understanding and respect for heritage, identities and values that bind people to places.

Free parking for the conference will be available in UTSA lot D3 under Interstate 35.
For more information, visit the UTSA Center for Cultural Sustainability website or email Claudia Guerra.

 

 

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