Academic Symposium on Mexico
Faculty members from several JMU Latin American and Caribbean Studies areas have designed an academic symposium, "Cultura y Comunidad: Mirando Hacia Mexico" ("Culture and Community: Looking Towards Mexico"), which will take place April 18-19, 2013. Several symposium events are open to the public free of charge.
April 18: Lecture by Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut, 7-9 p.m., Transitions, Warren Hall: Chesnut, Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies and a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, presents "Santa Muerte: The Mushrooming New Cult of Saint Death"; co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters’ Visiting Scholars Program.
April 19: Lecture by Dr. Sarah Martinez, 11 a.m.-noon, Room 31, Burruss Hall: Martinez, justice officer from the State Department, presents "U.S.-Haitian Relations in a Time of Recovery: A View from the State Department."
April 19: Talk and Career Outreach Session by Dr. Sarah Martinez, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1101, Miller Hall: Martinez presents "Career Paths in the U.S. Government."
The symposium includes a free workshop on Latin American and Latino history and culture for Rockingham and Harrisonburg educators.
April 18: Cultura y Comunidad: Mirando Hacia Mexico, noon-3 p.m., Highlands Room, Festival Conference and Student Center: In response to the growing Latino/a community in the nation, state and county, James Madison University professors have organized the second annual Cultural y Comunidad, a community workshop intended to generate ideas about K-12 curricular content on Latin American and Latino/a history and culture in accordance with the Virginia Standards of Learning. The workshop will be led by experts in Mexican history, culture, literature and politics: Dr. Jurgen Buchenau, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Dr. Allison Fagan, a professor of literature at JMU; and Dr. Andrew Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Estela Knott and David Berzonsky of Luminaria Cville will discuss using music to develop and support language and communication skills, classroom management and cultural awareness. The workshop will provide presentations and resources on teaching Mexican culture and literature, as well as a background of Mexican history directed toward K-12 classroom teachers.
All the events arranged as part of the academic symposium are co-sponsored by the JMU Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Planning, College of Arts and Letters, Visiting Scholars Program, Office of International Programs, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Political Science, University Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, History, and English.
For more information about the symposium and the events, call (540) 568-7998.