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UTSA and San Antonio Express-News to host Alamo town hall forum Sept. 19

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(Sept. 13, 2013) -- The San Antonio Express-News and The University of Texas at San Antonio will host a town hall forum on the history and redevelopment of Alamo Plaza at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Panelists will address the issue of ensuring that the Alamo retains its place as a treasured shrine. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists at the event will be Larry Laine (chief clerk in the Texas Land Commissioner's Office), Mayor Julian Castro, San Antonio Conservation Society President Sue Ann Pemberton (also UTSA architecture lecturer), historian Gary Foreman and Alamo Plaza businessman Davis Phillips, president and CEO of Phillips Entertainment. Express-News columnist Gilbert Garcia will moderate the discussion.

Discussion will center on the question: Should the Alamo footprint be restored to provide a better experience for visitors, or should the buildings on the western edge of Alamo Plaza remain as they are? The panelists will answer questions from the audience.

Those planning to attend are asked to email letters@express-news.net to reserve a seat.

 

 

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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 Tom´s 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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