Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Abriendo Brecha X: Opening Keynote Address and Reception

Thu, February 14, 2013 | Liberal Arts Building (CLA) 1.302B, The University of Texas at Austin

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Abriendo Brecha (Opening a Path) is an annual conference on activist scholarship held at The University of Texas at Austin.  This conference brings together artists, community activists, and scholars whose work is directed toward social justice. Our goal is to build a vibrant community supporting research, creative production, performance and teaching that connects the university in sustained collaboration with community-based mobilizations for social change, in Austin and beyond.  In this sense, we take the University’s prominent motto—“What Starts Here Changes the World”—quite seriously and literally, giving progressive values of social change an institutional anchor in our training programs.  We are particularly excited about this year’s conference, Abriendo Brecha’s tenth anniversary. We have invited nearly 50 alumni of our programs to discuss their distinctive approaches to activist scholarship, and to reflect on their experiences carrying on these efforts throughout the hemisphere, both inside and outside the academy.

The opening keynote address for the conference will be given by Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe). A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. She is the founder and Co-director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for Native environmental groups, and founder of the White Earth Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based nonprofit organizations in the country, that promotes culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. She is the winner of many national awards, and served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.

Please visit the web site for Abriendo Brecha X for a more information, including the conference program.

Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Central American Research Council; the Center for Asian American Studies; the Center for Mexican American Studies; the Center for Women and Gender Studies; the College of Liberal Arts (UT Austin); the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies; the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; the Humanities Institute; the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program; the Social Justice Institute; the Teresa Lozano Long Center for Latin American Studies; and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

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