Monthly Archives: October 2009

Film Screening: La Vendedora de Rosas

The Spanish and Portuguese Department Film Committee is pleased to announce the kickoff of its social drama series:
La vendedora de rosas (1998, 116 mins., Colombia)
Official Selection for 1998 Cannes Festival
Directed and co-written by Victor Gaviria, director of Rodrigo D: No Futuro
Tuesday October 7, 2009
7:30 pm in MEZ B0.306

The University of Texas at Austin
Sponsored by the GSO
This film follows the lives of several street children living in Colombia with an emphasis on two girls Monica and Judy.
Brief description (from The New York Times):
The Colombian director Victor Gaviria’s film ”The Rose Seller,” which has its New York premiere on Tuesday evening, deals not with war but with grinding poverty on the streets of Medellin. A surreally tinged adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ”The Little Match Girl,” it focuses on a group of adolescent girls living desperate lives on the streets of Medellin. The remarkable cast of nonactors gives the film a powerful neo-realist flavor. For most of the girls and their boyfriends, the sole comfort in life is sniffing glue.


Documentary Screening: “Latino in America”

CNN en Español is hosting a VIP screening event next week on Oct. 6, at the Bob Bullock Museum’s Texas Spirit Theater. UT students are invited. The event is a free cocktail reception followed by a screening of the “Latino in America” documentary series. Hispanic Austin community leaders will participate in a panel discussion lead by CNN personality Gabriela Frías after the screening.
The only requirement for admission is that attendees RSVP to the email on the invitation, and that they print out the invitation to take to the event.

Take J349T in Spain, Summer 2010

Two information sessions are coming up for the UT Summer Abroad Program in Santander, Spain. The Oral History as Journalism- Spain (J349T) course, taught by UT professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, is offered in conjunction with the UT Spanish Language and Culture Program. This 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.

This Journalism course is approved for the LMS concentration!

Two sessions will be held as follows:
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m, CMA 4.128
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CMA 4.128

For more information on this program:

National Latino Leadership Summit to be held in Austin

The Latin@ Leadership Council at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce that the 7th annual National National Latin@ Leadership Summit will take place in Austin on October 23-24, 2009.
The Latin@ Leadership Summit is one of the largest leadership conferences for Latin@ students in the Southwest, drawing students from universities across the country.
This year’s theme, “Latino Image: The Road to Self Discovery,” will focus on stereotypes that we face as Latin@s in our communities. While stereotypes distort reality and determine the way Latin@s are perceived in the United States, they also create reality by blinding us from understanding the way society works. The conference will provide students with the tools and skills necessary to overcome these stereotypes and transform their communities in a way that new images and realities are created. The Summit will also allow students to engage in dialogue on the impact stereotypes have on Latin@s education, professional, and social lives.
Students and Administrators are encouraged and invited to reserve your place at the conference today!
Registration for the Summit will be $30. Registration includes access to all workshops and events, provides several meals, a conference bag filled with resources, networking opportunities with conference participants, and much more!