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.
Music Department - The Institute for Music Research
Professor of Music Education at the University of Michigan
Colleen Conway taught elementary general and instrumental music before beginning a career in higher education. She has published over 80 research articles in all of the major music education journals. Book publications include: Great Beginning for Music Teachers: A guide to Mentoring and Induction; Handbook for the Beginning Music Teacher; Handbook for the Music Mentor; Teaching Music in Higher Education; Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education; and Musicianship-Focused Curriculum and Assessment.
7 p.m. | JPL 4.04.22 | Assembly Room | Main Campus
The Don Hodges Lecture Series features distinguished research presentations in the areas of Music Psychology, Music Learning and Music Technology. The series provides opportunities for students, faculty and community members to engage in discourse with the people doing cutting edge research in these areas.
University Communications and Marketing
Executive Director of University Communications
In 2004, Christi Fish began working for a Los Angeles marketing agency, strategically earning media coverage for her clients in the legal, financial services, and travel and tourism industries. She joined UTSA in 2008 and has since earned thousands of positive news placements for the university in local, regional and national media outlets. As UTSA's Executive Director of University Communications, she and her team use strategic messaging, media relations and social media to tell the story of how UTSA is transforming into a Tier One research institution.
12 - 12:45 p.m. | JPL 4.04.12C | Faculty Center Conference Room | Main Campus
Interested in working with the media? This workshop, by University Communications and Marketing, will help you establish yourself as a primary source for local and national news stories. Topics include UTSA’s media relations strategy, the profile of a successful news source and the 24-hour news cycle.
Center for Civic Engagement
Brian Halderman, LMSW
Director of the UTSA Center for Civic Engagement
Brian holds a Masters in Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. He leads the newly established Center for Civic Engagement that supports faculty and student engagement in the San Antonio community through service-learning and other forms of engaged scholarship.
3 - 4:30 p.m. | JPL 4.04.22 | Assembly Room | Main Campus
Explore ways that your discipline can help build a stronger democracy through civic knowledge and skill development.
A light snack will be provided.