Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Américo Paredes Literature and Letters Award

Tue, May 5, 2009 | AT and T Executive Education and Conference Center, Amphitheatre (Room 204)

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Each year, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin holds a lecture or symposia in honor of the late Dr. Américo Paredes, whose service to the center, university, and academy spanned more than forty years.

A recipient of the Charles Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Orden del Águila Azteca—Mexico’s highest award given to the citizens of other countries, Professor Paredes is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work on border ballads and folklore. In recent years, however, his novel George Washington Gomez in addition to his numerous short stories have found an audience across disciplines and along side the works of other celebrated authors.

May 5, 2009 will mark the ten-year anniversary of Professor Paredes’ passing. To honor his memory, CMAS will present its first ever Américo Paredes Literature and Letters Award. The prize will be awarded, approximately every four years, to an individual whose creative and scholarly contributions have had a significant impact in the field of Mexican American studies.

The first recipient of the Américo Paredes Literature and Letters Award is the poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist, Ana Castillo. Long considered one of the leading voices to emerge from the life experiences of Chicanas, Ana Castillo is a prolific author whose work has been critically acclaimed and widely anthologized in the United States and abroad.

A reception will follow the program.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts

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