(Feb. 19, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts will host the seventh annual African American Studies Spring Symposium, "100 Years Forward in African American Literary Arts and Media," from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The all-day symposium provides an opportunity for attendees to engage with national scholars about their current research projects and discuss academic trends that are relevant to African Americans in the United States.
The morning opens at 9 a.m. with a welcome from UTSA President Ricardo Romo and his presentation "San Antonio Mexican-Americans in the Civil Rights Movement." David Vance, UTSA associate professor of English, will serve as moderator.
At 11:30 a.m., Valerie Oliver, senior curator with the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, will keynote a presentation, "Riffs on Time/Riffs on History: Black Artists and the Contemporary Impulse."
Oliver has more than 25 years of experience in roles such as director of the Visiting Artist Program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and program specialist with the National Endowment for the Arts. Scott Sherer, UTSA associate professor of art and art history, will moderate.
At 1:30 p.m., Howard Rambsy III, associate professor of English and director of black studies at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, will present the keynote address "Malcolm X, Huey Freeman and the Science of Imagery." Rambsy teaches African American literature courses and coordinates public humanities programs. He also blogs frequently about literary art and is the author of "The Black Arts Enterprise." UTSA English instructor Erin Ranft will moderate.
Other presenters include:
The symposium is sponsored by the Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature, Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities, UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation, UTSA African American Studies Program, UTSA Honors College, UTSA Department of History, UTSA Department of English, UTSA Department of Art and Art History, UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, UTSA College of Education and Human Development, UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, and the UTSA Office of the President.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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