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Department of Modern Languages holds symposium on cultural constructions

News Release — 20 April 2009


Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, 817- 272-3317,

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Modern Languages stages a symposium on "Cultural Constructions III: Connections" from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, April 24.  The symposium will be held in Room 200, Trimble Hall, 700 S. West St.

The "Connections" theme is broadly defined in this symposium and addressed through multiple disciplines under the following five topics:  Geographies of Identities, OneBook Confidential: Secrets to UT Arlington's Common Reading Program, Colonial Elaborations, Utopias and Dystopias and Transcending Boundaries. 

The keynote lecture by Associate Professor John Garrigus is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. and is titled "Poisons, Powders, and Guns: Slaves Strike Back in Saint Domingue (1758) and Jamaica (1760)." Garrigus' lecture is sponsored by the Mustaque Ahmed Festival of Ideas, a program designed to enhance interaction between presenter and audiences.  Another highlight is the OneBook panel discussion from 10:30 a.m. until noon, moderated by Associate Professor Christopher Conway.

The symposium is made possible through support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Provost, the Linguistics Department, the Center for Mexican American Studies, The Language Acquisition Center, Women's Studies and Whole Foods. 

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