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UTSA College of Public Policy sponsors urban affairs conference March 19-22


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(March 14, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Public Policy will sponsor the 44th annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) from Wednesday, March 19 through Saturday, March 22 at the Westin Riverwalk.

More than 700 urban scholars from around the globe will convene to discuss 21st century issues impacting urban people and places around the world. These scholars represent universities, research institutions, and nonprofit and private organizations from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

"The Urban Affairs Association has a long tradition of meeting in cities that both fascinate and challenge our understandings of urban life," said Margaret Wilder, UAA executive director. "San Antonio is a compelling choice because of its social and cultural diversity, primacy as a major American population center, rich political history and challenging economic future. We are extremely fortunate to have the support of the UTSA College of Public Policy in making our visit to this great city a rewarding one."

The conference will include several sessions addressing topics pertaining to San Antonio including streets and healthy living, municipal public policies and environmental degradation of certain San Antonio districts, and city policy and politics.

"Through this conference, my colleagues within the field of urban scholarship will have an opportunity to see and learn about the urban issues that are exemplified in our diverse, multi-cutural growing metropolitan area," said Heywood Sanders, a public administration professor in the College of Public Policy and chair of the UTSA conference sponsorship committee.

The keynote speakers for the event will be Ernesto Cortés Jr., co-director of Industrial Area Foundations; David Montejano, a professor of ethnic studies and history and former chair of the Center for Latino Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley; and Christine Drennon, director of the Urban Studies Program at Trinity University.

The Urban Affairs Association is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals. It includes a membership of more than 600 institutions, individuals and students from colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

For a conference schedule, visit the Urban Affairs Association website. For more information, email



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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