(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.
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.
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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