Monthly Archives: October 2007

Study Spanish and Journalism as Oral History in Spain this summer

Program Dates: May 22 to July 3, 2008
Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2007
Open to all UT majors!

This University of Texas at Austin program aims to significantly improve your knowledge of the Spanish language, including your ability to speak correctly and effectively outside the classroom and to integrate you as much as possible into the local culture. Classes are held on the campus of the Universidad de Cádiz. The Oral History as Journalism- Spain course will be taught in English by UT journalism professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. The Oral History as Journalism- Spain course is taught by professor Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez, whose teaching and research interests include the intersection of oral history and journalism, as well as U.S. Latinos and the news media, both as producers of news and as consumers. Professor Rivas-Rodriguez leads the U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project.

Information Sessions:
A special information session on this program will be offered in the College of Communication on Monday, November 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. in CMA 5.160.
Additional information sessions will be offered by the CGEO, that focus on summer programs in Spain, including the Journalism as Oral History option in Cadiz. Students who attend any of these sessions will be cleared for access to the online application.

For more information:

A Night of Short Independent Films & Filmmakers

The University of Texas Center for Women & Gender Studies presents a night of short films from independent women filmmakers addressing global issues of women and technology as part of the CWGS Gender & Technology Film Series.
Tuesday, OCT 30th
6:30pm CAL 100

This event is free and open to the public. Films will be followed by a discussion lead by UT Scholars. For map and more information see our webiste:

Performing the Border
A film by Ursula Biemann, 42 minutes
A video essay set in the Mexican-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble electronic equipment just across from El Paso, Texas. This experimental work explores the sexualization of the border region through labor division, prostitution, and sexual violence in the public sphere.

Other films include: Nalini By Day, Nancy by Night, A film by Sonali Gulati, 27 minutes and Writing Desire A film by Ursula Biemann.

Examining Inequality- Mapping the Digital Divide

Mapping the Digital Divide: Results from a National Survey of Telecenters
Jeremiah Spence, Department of Radio-TV-Film
Friday, October 26
Texas Governors’ Room, 3.116, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin
Note: A light lunch will be served
In spring 2007 the Observatório Nacional de Inclusão Digital (ONID – National Observatory of the Digital Divide), a quasi-independent research organ of the Brazilian Federal Ministry of Planning, initiated a multi-year nationwide telecenter survey project. This presentation will provide an examination of both the findings of the ONID survey and related findings showing the types and regional distribution of digital divide responses in Brazil. Additionally, Spence will examine the relationships between the federal government and other entities in the development, funding, deployment, management, and sustainability of both telecenters and non-telecenter digital divide responses. Co-authored by Dr. Joseph Straubhaar, Radio-TV-Film
Bio: Spence is a doctoral student in the Department of Radio-TV-Film and graduate trainee in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a master’s degree from the same department, where he focused his research on mapping historical divides in Austin over the last 100 years and the examination of class transmissibility in family systems utilizing the socioeconomic genogram technique, which he developed for that purpose. Spence has been a visiting researcher at the Universidade Federal da Bahia and the Universidade do São Paulo, a guest lecturer at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, and a research fellow at the Instituto de Projetos e Pesquisas Sociais e Tecnologicos (IPSO) in São Paulo.

Examining Inequality: Rio de Janeiro through a Visual Arts Lens

Matheus Rocha Pitta, Brazilian Artist in Residence
Friday, October 26
Texas Governors’ Room, 3.116, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin
Note: A light lunch will be served
Rocha Pitta is based in Rio de Janeiro, where his art focuses on the displacement and circulation of commodities in the black market. He uses photography and video to mediate and interpret transactions that occur on a daily basis, including the confiscation of guns, jewelry, and drugs by the police. These are displayed to the public in an exercise of power, and he uses these images to criticize a perverse segment of the capitalist system.
Bio: Rocha Pitta studied history at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and philosophy at the Universidade Estadual do Rio do Janeiro. He was an artist’s assistant for Miguel do Rio Branco and Rosângela Rennó. He studies urban spaces and mega-metropolises because he believes that these settings characterize the discontinuity of contemporary life. Rocha Pitta is the first Ibêre Camargo Foundation Artist in Residence at UT.

Colombian Cinema– Rodrigo D: No Futuro

The Spanish and Portuguese Department
Film Series Presents: Colombian Cinema
Rodrigo D: No Futuro (1990)
by Víctor Gaviria
Monday October 29 2007
7:30pm in MEZ 1.306
The University of Texas at Austin

Free Admission
Rodrigo D: No Futuro, by director Victor Gaviria, portrays the
reckless existence of youth in Medellin, Colombia. The film revolves
around Rodrigo and his friends who are trapped in a world of violence
and drugs which defines their turbulent lifestyle.
With this film, Gaviria responds to the Italian neorealistic movement
by adapting this European aesthetic into the Colombian context. The
result: Colombian neorealism. As proof we have the reference to the
Italian classic Umberto D (Vittorio de Sica) in the title itself:
Rodrigo D. In fact, this picture is often compared with other
neorealist classics such as The Bicycle Thief and Los Olvidados
because of its shocking realistic approach and the use of actors that
are essentially local teenagers playing themselves.
Further, Rodrigo D was the first Colombian film to be nominated for a
Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

UT Study Abroad Opportunities in Brazil

Information Session
Thursday, October 25
Texas Governors’ Room, UNB 3.116, 12:00-2:00 P.M.

UT will offer a faculty led summer program during the first summer session of 2008. Study Portuguese and Brazilian Literature in one of Brazil’s most
beautiful cities, Salvador da Bahia, with UT professor Sonia Roncador. Salvador is a 500-year-old cultural, historic and architectural jewel. Its unique legacy has earned the city a United Nations World Heritage Site. Students register for one or two courses with Dr. Roncador, Spanish and Portuguese, for a maximum of six credits. Scholarships available, and financial aid applies. UT also offers semester exchanges at the Universidade Fedaral de Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, MG), Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Campinas, SP), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, RS), and Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, RJ). Talk to current students from Brazil and past students from UT over pizza and sodas

P&G’s Big Broadband Buy: Telenovelas

Exclusive Sponsorship Deal Places Spots in Telemundo Digital Video
— October 22, 2007. By Laurel Wentz.
Procter & Gamble is the exclusive sponsor of the full-length telenovelas Spanish-language network Telemundo will start streaming this week on its Yahoo Telemundo site.
The streaming novelas will be promoted on the front page of the Yahoo Telemundo site and on Telemundo TV programs.
The streaming novelas will be promoted on the front page of the Yahoo Telemundo site and on Telemundo TV programs.
In an informal first Hispanic broadband upfront, P&G’s Hispanic media agency, Tapestry, sought proposals from the major Hispanic sites with video content.
Link to the full story here.