Art & Art History
Professor, History of Pre-Columbian Art, Texas Tech University
Presenter Carolyn Tate is Professor of Pre-Columbian Art History at Texas Tech University. Her courses focus on the art and cultures of Mesoamerica and Native North America. She creates special topics that reflect and intensify her own research interests, so that students participate in the refinement of her ideas and interpretations. Courses such as “The Body and the City in Mesoamerica” stem from her book on the Maya city of Yaxchilan, which is populated by over 100 monumental figures and 90 buildings. Working with students in her courses on “Gender in Mesoamerican Art” and “Creation Narratives in Mesoamerican Art” helped her develop her latest book, Re-Considering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation (2012). Two major themes in her research involve why Mesoamericans created their elaborate ceremonial cities and how individuals perceived of themselves in relation to social groups and to the symbol-laden cities they built.
6 - 8 p .m. | JPL 4.04.22 | Assembly Room | Main Campus
This lecture, “Visual Memory of Shapes: A Neurobiological Look at the Contributions of Olmec Sculpture to the Origins of Mesoamerican Pictographic Communication Systems,” examines the relationship between stone sculpture of the Olmec, a foundational and early Mesoamerican society, and later Mesoamerican pictorial systems. This talk initiates the fall series of the Latin American Art and Culture Colloquium, organized by the Department of Art and Art History.
Art & Art History
Gina McDaniel Tarver
Associate Professor, Art & Art History Contemporary Latin American Art, Texas State University
Presenter Gina McDaniel Tarver is Associate Professor, Art & Art History, at Texas State University, San Marcos. She specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American art and visual culture. Her research interests include the relationship between art and politics, gender issues, and decolonial theory. Her soon-to-be-published book, From Art of a New Reality to Conceptual Art in Colombia, 1961–1975 (forthcoming, Ediciones Uniandes), traces the symbiotic yet paradoxical relationship between a small and successful group of artists in Colombia who sought to break with conventional traditions in order to address a local audience in ways that resonated within their immediate social context, and the art institutions who supported them, who sought to internationalize the art scene as part of a push for national development. She is the author of numerous essays and entries for exhibition catalogs and was co-editor of the exhibition catalog The New York Graphic Workshop, 1964–1970 (Blanton Museum of Art, 2009).
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | JPL 4.04.22 | Assembly Room | Main Campus
This lecture, “Natural (and Unnatural) History in Contemporary Colombian Art,” is the third in our fall Latin American Art and Culture Colloquium series, organized by the Department of Art and Art History.
Bestselling author and host of PBS’s How We Got to Now
Steven Johnson is the author of the bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation which considers breakthroughs as wide-ranging as Darwin’s theories and the rise of YouTube. His writings have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting-edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism.
Steven’s work on the history of innovation inspired the Emmy-nominated six-part series on PBS, How We Got to Now, that aired in the fall of 2014. The book version of How We Got to Now debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, and was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.
Johnson is a regular contributor to Wired magazine, as well as The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His other books include The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Emergence, Future Perfect, and his breakout title from 2005, Everything Bad Is Good For You.
An innovator himself, Steven has co-created three influential sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby-Award-winning community site, Plastic.com, and the hyperlocal media site outside.in, which was acquired by AOL in 2011. His TED talk on innovation has been viewed more than three million times, and his Twitter account (@stevenbjohnson) has 1.4 million followers.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | MB 0.104 | Main Building Auditorium | Main Campus
The Faculty Center is proud to present our 2015 signature event featuring media theorist and bestselling author Steven Johnson.
No registration required. This talk is free and open to the entire UTSA community. A reception for UTSA faculty and invited guests will be held immediately after the talk in the Faculty Center casual seating area.
Department of English
Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor of Creative Writing
Wendy Barker is UTSA’s Poet-in-Residence. Her sixth collection of poetry, One Blackbird At a Time, winner of the John Ciardi Prize, is being released Fall 2015 from Bk Mk Press. Her fourth chapbook, from Wings Press, will also be available Fall 2015. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies,
including Best American Poetry 2013.
T. Jackie Cuevas
Author of Otherhood, U.S.A.
Jackie Cuevas' poems have been published in journals such as Sinister Wisdom and Stone Canoe. Her testimonio writing appears in the 3rd edition of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera. She is currently co-editing an anthology for Kórima Press and is a member of Macondo, founded by Sandra Cisneros.
Editor of Arts and Culture at The Nervous Breakdown as well as the anthology Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema
Cynthia Hawkins is a recent finalist for the Sundance Episodic Narrative Lab, and her work has appeared in publications such as ESPN the Magazine, The Tampa Review, and the Emerson Review.
Director of UTSA’s Creative Writing Program
Catherine Kasper's poetry books include Field Stone and A Gradual Disappearance of Insects, and her short story collections include Hovering, Notes from the Committee, and Optical Projections. Her award-winning writing has been published in such journals as The Ohio Review, Seneca Review, and Notre Dame Review. She is co-editor for American Letters & Commentary and prose reader for The Examined Life Journal at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
Steven G. Kellman
Author of several books, including Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth and The Translingual Imagination
Steven Kellman is editor of Switching Languages: Translingual Writers Reflect on Their Craft, and co-editor of UnderWords: Perspectives on Don DeLillo’s Underworld. He served four terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.
David Ray Vance
Author of Stupor, winner of the 2012 Elixir Press Antivenom Prize, and Vitreous, winner of the 2005 Del Sol Press Prize
Dr. Vance’s poems and stories have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review,
and McSweeney’s, as well as in several anthologies. He is co-editor for American Letters & Commentary and serves as advisor for
Sagebrush Review, UTSA’s student-run literary annual.
7 p.m. | JPL 4.04.22 | Assembly Room | Main Campus
The Creative Writing Reading Series features notable poets and fiction writers who give public readings and meet with students.