(April 8, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy will present "The New Congress: Déjà vu All Over Again," a free public lecture by former U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzalez. The lecture is 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, in the Frio Street Building Riklin Auditorium (1.406) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Gonzales is slated to announce the donation of his Congressional papers to the UTSA Libraries Special Collections. A reception co-sponsored by the UTSA College of Public Policy and UTSA Libraries will follow the lecture in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124).
"Rep. Gonzalez has gained a wealth of knowledge throughout his career, and his willingness to share his experiences will offer UTSA students and the community-at-large with a rich opportunity to learn about the policies that have shaped San Antonio and Texas for the last two decades," said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the College of Public Policy.
In 2012, the UTSA College of Public Policy was named the lead partner for the SA 2020 Government Accountability and Civic Engagement focus area, which aims to build a stronger San Antonio through citizen input and collaboration.
"As the lead partner for the SA 2020 government accountability and civic engagement focus area, it is critical that UTSA provide opportunities to engage citizens and elected leaders in authentic dialogues that will shape public policy," said Francine Romero, UTSA associate professor of public administration and associate dean of public policy.
Over the course of his judicial and congressional careers, Gonzalez has received numerous awards recognizing his commitment and work in the legal profession and in seeking public policies to further diversify our nation's energy sources, increase access to quality health care, improve our educational system and foster better relations with Mexico.
During his judicial career, Gonzalez was voted one of the highest ranked judges in Bexar County. While judge of the County Court at Law Number Two, he instituted numerous reforms. He created a separate civil docket system lauded by civil law practitioners and the business community and a domestic violence docket. He also worked to make municipal court tribunals of record and sponsored rules that placed prohibitions on the use of the county courtrooms and personnel for personal gain.
In 1988, Gonzalez sought to succeed his father, Henry B. Gonzalez, as U.S. Representative from the Texas 20th District. He was elected in 1996 and served until January 3, 2013. Together, he and his father represented the 20th Congressional District for a combined total of 51 years.
During his seven terms in Congress, Gonzalez served on the Financial Services, Small Business, Homeland Security, House Administration, Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce committees. He chaired the task force to determine the winner of the contested Florida Congressional District 13 election. From 2011 to 2012, he served as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He currently is a member of the bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform.
Located at the UTSA Downtown Campus, the College of Public Policy enrolls more than 1,300 students including more than 400 graduate students in the UTSA criminal justice, demography, public administration and social work departments. The college offers four graduate and two undergraduate programs. It also houses the Center for Policy Studies and the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.
UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Houston's Russian Children's Theater presents "Wonderful Journey of Nils Holgerson"
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ART 2.03.02B), Main Campus
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.