UTSA and Voces Oral History Project hosts April 30 World War II symposium

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(April 27, 2011)--The UTSA Department of English and the Voces Oral History Project will host a free community symposium "Latino/Latinas and WWII: Mobility, Agency and Ideology" at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30 in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The seventh scholarship workshop will bring together 10 scholars from throughout the United States to present their research for the upcoming anthology, "U.S. Latino/Latinas and WWII Mobility, Agency and Ideology," edited by University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Ben Olguin, UTSA associate professor of English.

The keynote speaker will be Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment, and retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

Founded at the University of Texas at Austin, the Voces Oral History Project collects and archives oral histories and related documents of Latinos and Latinas involved in World War II through military service, defense department labor and related activities. The project recently was expanded to include military and defense department workers from the Korean and Vietnam War eras.

To date, more than 800 oral histories have been professionally videotaped and archived at the University of Texas at Austin, which serves as the official repository for the documents. Of an estimated 750,000 U.S. Latino/Latinas who served in the military during WWII, many were born or raised in San Antonio.

Free parking for the event will be available in the UTSA parking lot across the street from the Buena Vista Street Building and across from the Pico de Gallo restaurant.

For more information, contact Ben Olguin at 210-458-2512.

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Scheduled presenters and topics include:

Peter Haney, Colorado College "Capitan, a que huele la sangre?: Mexicana/o Vaudeville During World War II and the Embodiment of Militarized Citizenship"

Gerald E. Poyo, St. Mary's University "La americanizacion de un cubano: Adjustment, Identity and Mobility in the 1940s"

Angelica Aguilar Rodriguez, Julian Vasquez Heilig and Allison Prochnow, University of Texas at Austin "Understanding the Schooling Experiences of WWII Latino Veterans and their Families"

Gary R. Mormino, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg "Ybor City Goes to War"

Jordan Beltran Gonzales, University of California at Berkeley "Counterstories of the Bataan Death March from the Philippines and New Mexico."

Ben Olguin, The University of Texas at San Antonio "Macho, Macho Man: Homosocial and Homoerotic Masculinities in Latino WWII Memoir, Theater and Film"

Patricia Portales, The University of Texas at San Antonio and San Antonio College "Women, Torpedoes, and War: Liberatory Layering and Mexican American Women's Agency in WWII Theater, Film and Oral History"

Karl Eschbach, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston "Latino/a Veterans of World War II: A Census Portrait"

Frank Guridy, University of Texas at Austin "Evelio Grillo, Norberto Gonzalez: Proto-Afro Latino Identity and U.S. Citizenship"

Felix F. Gutierrez, University of Southern California "The Mexican Voice Goes to War"