April 23: A Discussion about the History, Music and Cultural Survival of the Garifuna

Andy Palacio and Aurelio Martínez, Garifuna Artists, Belize and Honduras
“How Does One Assign Value to Culture?”
A Discussion about the History, Music and Cultural Survival of the Garifuna
Human Rights Happy Hour
Monday, April 23, 4:00-5:30pm
Eidman Jury Room, 2.310
The University of Texas School of Law

Garifuna artists Andy Palacio and Aurelio Martínez will present a talk entitled, “How Does One Assign Value to Culture?” The discussion, which will explore history, music and cultural survival of the Garifuna, will also feature a special acoustic performance by these two renowned musicians. Palacio is not only the most popular musician in Belize, he is also a serious music and cultural archivist with a deep commitment to preserving his unique Garifuna culture. Long a leading proponent of Garifuna popular music and a tireless advocate for the maintenance of the Garifuna language and traditions, in December 2004 he was appointed Cultural Ambassador and Deputy Administrator of the National Institute of Culture and History. Martínez is one of the most extraordinary and passionate Garifuna artists of his generation and, for the past four years, he has served as a City Councilman in Honduras’ third largest city, La Ceiba, in the department of Atlantida. Among his accomplishments, was the creation of the Ethnic Municipal Services Department, which is staffed by Garifunas, to assist the Garifuna communities of Corozal, Sambo Creek and La Ceiba. Read more about Garifuna culture > .
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided!

More information about Martínez, Palacio and other speakers in the Human Rights Happy Hour series can be found online:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/humanrights/events/speakerseries.html

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