2014 Multicultural Conference
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Antonio College Multicultural Conference is an official Fiesta Event. This year
is its 20th year anniversary. This year is the first year the event will have
an official Fiesta Conference Medal that depicts a folk image of the Lechuza,
by Alex Rubio.
April 21-24, Various times
Monday, April 21
Laurie Ann Guerrero, San Antonio Poet Laureate;
Carmen de la Calle, McAllister Auditorium
Tuesday, April 22
Ana Fernandez, Visual Artict;
a.m., Student Essay Presentations;
p.m., Daniela Rojas, Photographer, Video, Musician
Wednesday, April 23
Reading from Latina/os and World War II: Mobility, Agency and Ideology –
“Intellectually He Was Courageous; in Public Action He Was Cautious and
Prudent”: A Reassessment of Carlos Castañeda’s Wartime Service read by Marianne
Bueno, PhD, Independent Scholar; “Interrogating the Soldado Razo: Masculinity,
Soldiering and Ideolagyin Mexican American World War II Memoir and Theater”
read by Ben V. Olguin, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio; and “Tejanas on
the Home Front: Women, Bombs and the (Re)Gendering of War in Mexican American
Word War II Literature” read by Patricia Portales, PhD, San Antonio College;
Alex Rubio, Visual Artist
Thursday, April 24
a.m., Vincent Valdez, Visual Artist;
a.m., Adriana Corral, Visual Artist;
Thomas Walker, Writer;
p.m., Koehler House Luncheon Joseph Bravo, Keynote Speaker
Multicultural Conference exists to supplement what the students receive in the
classroom. College is more than the study of required subject matter. It is an
opportunity for students to encounter new ideas, and to be exposed to Artists,
Writers, Thinkers, Musicians, and Community Activists.
year the event will open with San Antonio's new Poet Laureate, Laurie Ann
original Musical by award winning writer, Amalia Ortiz will also be presenting.
She has adapted the opera, Carmen, into a southside based musical soap opera of
and Award winning artists that have shown all over the world and collected in
museums all over the country will be featured at the event.
Valdez, who just returned from Berlin, was commissioned to produce a series for
Rubio has been shown at SAMA, Blue Star, the University of the Incarnate Word,
the Smithsonian. He also runs a successful art mosaic after school program for
Corral recently earned her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She
has had her installations shown in both the United States and Mexico.
Riojas has recently been named San Antonio's best Photographer. She is also an
award winning Music video director and original techno musician and poet. She
is also a recent recipient of the Vermont Studio Residency program.
Patricia Portales will also be part of a Book signing and reception for the
book, "Latina/os and World War II", from the University of Texas
The goal is to inspire students to become active
participants in their own education. Not only do they get to meet successful
and creative people, they are also become aware of possibilities and pursuits
they do not even know exist.