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e-culture: Free Films, Conference on South America, Partnership Walk, El dia de los muertos in Houston
October 27, 2006
IN THIS ISSUE
-Topical Films Precede South America Conference
-The New Political Reality in South America
-El dia de los muertos
-Partnership Walk Houston
-About this Email Newsletter
Please join Houston Institute for Culture, the Baker Institute Student Forum and conference organizers for free film screenings and discussions in advance of an important conference on Recent Political Developments in South America.
Darkness into Light - Following the Spirit and This Land is Our Land
Houston Institute for Culture - Havens Center
1827 W. Alabama St, Houston, Texas 77098
Sunday, October 29, 2006
6:30pm refreshments; 7:00pm film and discussion
Darkness into Light examines the spiritual life of Mexican people and the relationship of church and state in Mexico, with comments by Mexican scholars and John Mason Hart, UH history professor and author of Revolutionary Mexico. This Land is Our Land follows the grass-roots organizing of farmers in southern Brazil.
Argentina - Hope in Hard Times
Baker Institute ICF
Baker Hall, Rice University
Monday, October 30, 2006
6:00pm refreshments; 7:00pm film and discussion
Filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young documented the 2001 economic collapse and the local solutions Argentine people implemented to survive, with footage of former World Bank economist Joseph Steiglitz. UH journalism professor Fred Schiff will participate in a discussion following the film.
For more information about film screenings, please see:
The New Political Reality in South America
A conference hosted by University of Houston History Department and Houston Peace and Justice Center
M.D. Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion, University of Houston
Saturday, November 4, 2006 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
With presenters Fr. Roy Bourgeois, James Howard Gibbons, John Hart, Susan Kellog, Fr Gerry Kelly, Tom O'Brien, Robert Perillo, Joe Pratt, Tyler Priest, Lesley Ramsey, Karen Sokol, and more.
In recent years, national elections in South America have brought left-of-center administrations to power in several of the most important nations of the continent, including those in the Southern Cone, Bolivia, and Venezuela. This phenomenon may have major political, economic, and social consequences for the hemisphere, including for the United States and for our metropolitan area. Yet, to date there has been no public examination in Houston of the phenomenon.
Drawing on academic resources of the university and people with first-hand experience in South America, the conference will explore important questions, empowering its participants with information and insights helpful in drawing their own conclusions about developments that are causing great consternation among U.S. governmental and corporate leaders.
Conference registration: $20; $10 for students (includes continental breakfast and lunch). For more information, please call 713-522-9850, or see: http://www.hpjc.org
El dia de los muertos
With Mexican people relocating to different places across Mexico in record numbers, the traditional altar for Day of the Dead takes on new meaning. It is now the family's only connection to the cemeteries they once visited back home in states like Oaxaca, Tabasco, Puebla, Guerrero, and others. Many have migrated to the northern Mexico border with the US looking for work in maquiladoras and other growing service industries. Families from Veracruz who now live in colonias near Reynosa were getting ready for the traditional celebration when we visited last week.
There are opportunities to learn more about the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead (including the film screening mentioned above) at various places around Houston, including:
Multicultural Education and Couseling through Arts
Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future
11:00am - 7:00pm, October 28; 11:00am - 6:00pm, October 29, 2006
1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007
Lawndale Art Center
Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
October 27 - November 29, 2006
(Fiesta: October 28, Noon - 4pm; Gala: October 26)
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Dia de los muertos Celebration 2006
Honoring Artist Luis Jimenez
1:00 - 5:00pm, Sunday, October 28, 2006
1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Casa Ramirez Folk Art
Day of the Dead Exhibit
October - November, 2006
241 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
You can learn more about the Day of the Dead on our website:
And you can view photos documenting a medical mission to medical mission organized by Houston doctors and pharmacists. The video slide shows are linked on our front page:
You will need Window Media Player or similar program to view the images. Download the files to your computer by right clicking the link and chose Save Target As, and save the files to your desktop for better viewing.
Partnership Walk Houston
The Partnership Walk, sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation, returns to Houston on Sunday, October 29, 10:00am - 3:00pm.
Partnership Walk is a national event to raise awareness about international development and to celebrate global diversity. It is a day for people in the United States to join together, in a spirit of global partnership, to raise resources that contribute to community-based programs overseas. Your participation in the walk demonstrates that hope is within walking distance. At the day-long Partnership Walk, participants:
-Walk and raise funds that help transform lives in Asian and African communities
-Experience village life in a developing country through interactive exhibits
-Enjoy entertainers, music and demonstrations celebrating the richness of world cultures
-Learn from leaders and citizens why global concerns are important to local communities in the U.S.
-Become part of an international network and take a step toward building a safer, more peaceful world.
Houston has been hosting the Partnership Walk since 1998. The first Walk in Houston attracted 15,000 people, a record for any city, as enthusiastic Texans raised more than a million dollars to support the alleviation of poverty. Get more information from the website:
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