Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

SIGLO XXI: Economies of Class, Economies of Culture (An IUPLR conference)

April 12-14, 2007

SIGLO XXI: conference of IUPLR Institutions, April 12-14, 2007Background

The INTER-UNIVERSITY PROGRAM FOR LATINO RESEARCH (IUPLR) is a national consortium of university-based centers dedicated to the advancement of the Latino intellectual presence in the United States. IUPLR works to expand the pool of Latino scholars and leaders and increase the availability of policy-relevant Latino-focused research. IUPLR works to strengthen the network of its twenty-three centers, to enhance their institutional capacity and to foster faculty research. The primary purpose of this meeting is to provide opportunities for faculty to share the scholarship that is being generated at their respective centers and institutes.

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Conference Title and Theme

In the spring of 2005, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin hosted the first IUPLR Biennial Conference. Due to the success of the 2005 event, CMAS will host the second IUPLR Biennial Conference on April 12-14, 2007 in Austin, Texas.

SIGLO XXI: Economies of Class, Economies of Culture—is broadly intended to suggest that we now live in the twenty-first century when the expanding Latino communities in the United States are faced with class and cultural configurations and issues that are both challenges but also opportunities for the fruitful development of these peoples. We envision a conference that explores both traditional and emergent economies of culture and class, analyses preferably based on substantial empirical, textual or archival data. Presentations at the conference will focus on issues of health, language use, politics, immigration, literature and the arts, history, and popular culture, among others.

Registration Information and Method of Payment

All conference participants are required to complete the SIGLO XXI Registration Form. The conference registration fee is $75.00. However, students are free with proof of enrollment.

Registration payments can be made by check, money order, or credit card. Payments by check or money order must be made payable to “The University of Texas at Austin”.  If you opt to mail a check or money order as payment, please attach the check/money order to the SIGLO XXI Registration Form, and mail to the following address:

Center for Mexican American Studies
ATTN: Luis Guevara
The University of Texas at Austin
One University Station F9200
Austin, TX 78712

Credit card payments will be made using TXShop, the on-line shopping cart application for The University of Texas at Austin. If you opt to use this method of payment, please make certain that you complete the SIGLO XXI Registration Form and either FAX the form to 512-471-9639 or mail it to the address listed above.

Conference Location

DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel
303 West 15th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-1692
(512) 478-7000
(512) 478-3562 fax

Lodging and Transportation

All registered participants are responsible for making their own lodging and transportation reservations. A block of rooms have been reserved at a rate of $139 per night at the Doubletree Guest Suites–Austin, 303 W. 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701, 800-222-8733.

Please identify the IUPLR/CMAS Conference to obtain the discounted conference rate. Reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, March 27, 2007.

Check-In: 3:00 PM
Check-Out: 12:00 NOON

Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel
Suggested Parking

Daily Parking Charge: 5.00 underground garage
Valet Parking Charge: 18.00 plus gratuity

Disability Access

In addition to standard handicap parking and ramps, the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel offers numerous accommodations for the disabled. Handicap rooms are available on request, as well as phone boxes for the hearing impaired. Braille is used throughout the hotel.

Internet Services

Free internet access is available in the hotel's Business Center. Limited email access is available in each guest suite free of charge through the TV monitor, or guests may check their email via the hotel lobby computer. Free wireless internet access is available in the 1st floor lobby area, as well as in the dining area. For an additional fee of $9.95 per day, guests may purchase wireless internet access for their suite.


Directions from Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) to the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel.

  • Start going toward the AIRPORT EXIT on PRESIDENTIAL BLVD.
  • Continue on CARDINAL LOOP.
  • Turn Left on TX-71 E.
  • Take Left ramp onto BASTROP HWY toward TX-71 WEST.
  • Take ramp onto BASTROP HWY [US-183] toward US-183 NORTH.
  • Continue to follow US-183 NORTH.
  • Take Left ramp onto E 7TH ST toward TX-111-LOOP/AIRPORT BLVD.
  • Turn Right on I-35 N.
  • Take Left ramp onto I-35 NORTH.
  • Take exit #235A onto I-35 N toward M.L.K. BLVD/STATE CAPITOL/15TH St.
  • Turn Left on 15th St.
  • Make a U-turn at GUADALUPE ST onto W 15TH ST
  • Arrive at 303 W 15TH ST, AUSTIN, on the Right.

Travel time is approximately 15 minutes (non-traffic). The distance from the airport to the hotel is 7 miles. "Airport Flyer" Bus, Super Shuttle Bus and Taxi Services are available from the hotel.

Local Transportation

The Airport Flyer Bus services the airport for just 50 cents and runs every 40 minutes to Downtown and UT Austin. It stops on the west side of the hotel by the Texas Medical Association Building. The bus has a bright purple airplane mural on its side, which makes it easy to spot. For more information, visit, or call 512-474-1200 or 800-474-1201.

The SuperShuttle Austin services the Austin Metro area including the airport and downtown hotels. The cost from the airport to the Doubletree is approximately $12.00 per person one way, $24.00 round trip. For additional information, please visit, or call (512) 258-3826, 24 hours in advance for reservations or check with the hotel’s Concierge.

The Gold, Red and Green ‘Dillo provide free ground transportation service to UT-Austin Monday-Friday. You may access this ‘Dillo at 15th and Lavaca. Check the DoubleTree front desk for schedules and route information.

The "Tour the Town" Museum bus offers service to numerous attractions throughout the downtown area, including the UT Austin, for 50 cents per stop. It runs every 45 minutes on the weekends, 10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Ask the hotel's Concierge for a list of designated locations.

Taxi service is available in front of the hotel; please see the bellman for assistance. Maximum passengers are four.

For Additional Information

Please contact Dolores García at 512-475-6973 or via email at, or María Elena Bessignano at 574-631-3481 or via email at For the most up-to-date information about the conference, please visit the CMAS web site at:

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    The University of Texas at Austin
    210 W. 24th Street | Mailcode F9200
    GWB 1.102
    Austin, TX 78712