AUSTIN, Texas—A symposium about the role of Hispanic women in the development of Texas will be held Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 16-18 at The University of Texas at Austin.
“Las Tejanas, 300 Years of History: A Symposium” is sponsored by the university’s Center for Mexican American Studies and is free and open to the public. The event in the Bass Lecture Hall of the Sid Richardson Hall complex is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Office of Graduate Studies Texas Cowboys Lectureship and the College of Liberal Arts. Parking is available in the LBJ Library parking lot off Red River Street.
Scholars from throughout the United States are scheduled to attend the symposium that will include two keynote addresses, public readings by a poet and a novelist, a program honoring contributions of Tejanas—women Texans of Hispanic descent—from various generations, and an exhibition of archives on women of Spanish/Mexican origin in Texas. The symposium centers on a book written by Teresa Palomo Acosta and Ruthe Winegarten that was published in April by the University of Texas Press.
The symposium will address themes about Tejanas, including literature, labor, music, politics, museum representation and oral history.
For more information contact: Jordana Barton, Center for Mexican American Studies, 512-471-4557, or Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.