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The University of Texas at Austin to host symposium showcasing continental European immigration and ethnicity

‘Six other Flags over Texas,’ a symposium featuring prominent speakers on Swedish, Czech, German, Polish, Danish and Norwegian heritage, will be held March 28-29 at the Knopf Room of the Flawn Academic Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

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AUSTIN, Texas—“Six other Flags over Texas,” a symposium featuring prominent speakers on Swedish, Czech, German, Polish, Danish and Norwegian heritage, will be held March 28-29 at the Knopf Room of the Flawn Academic Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

A highlight of the symposium will be an “Immigrant Fair Day,” 9:30-11:30 a.m., March 28, for fourth grade students from Austin and surrounding districts featuring crafts and games from each unique ethnicity. More than 365 students are expected to attend.

The academic sessions for adults are free and open to the public. Featured speakers include Dr. Michael Beckerman, professor of music at New York University, discussing “Mariachi Muzikanti: Hearing Waltzes and Polkas in Mexican Popular Music” as part of “Czech Texans” at 3 p.m., March 28. Dr. Larry Scott, professor of Scandinavian studies at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., will discuss “Vårt gudomliga språk: Swedish Texans Confront the Language Question” as part of “Swedish Texans” at 10:30 a.m., March 29.

The Swedish Studies Excellence Endowment and the Texas Chair in Czech Studies sponsor the symposium. For a complete schedule of events and speakers visit the Six Other Flags Over Texas Web site.

For more information contact: Carrin Patman, 512-472-7214.