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New Documentary Shows the Beauty of the Border, and the Perils of a Barrier
The River and the Wall captures a wilderness without divisions
"...Ben Masters, UT professor of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies C.J. Alvarez, and Defenders of Wildlife Senior Representative Paul..."

May 3, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Organ Great James Polk Works Wonders Outside the Limelight
We speak with Austin’s esteemed multi-instrumentalist and former arranger for Ray Charles
"...from home and retired as professor emeritus of jazz studies...."

Jan. 18, 2019 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

State Board of Education Tries to Rewrite History
A sharpie to your textbook
"...Friday, Sept. 14, tentatively approved new standards for social studies students in public schools across the state. A 15-person..."

Sept. 21, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Scholars Call on State Board of Education to Repair Sins of Past and Present
Vote expected Friday to rename Mexican-American studies course
"...mistakes. In 2010, the SBOE passed such ideological social studies curriculum standards, even a conservative think tank slapped them..."

June 15, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Wednesday Protest Against SBOE's Name Change of Mexican-American Studies Course
1:30pm at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
"...State Board of Education’s recent decision to dilute ethnic studies. Last month, the SBOE voted to pass a Mexican-American..."

May 29, 2018 News Post by Mary Tuma

Sheryl Cole and Chito Vela: The Prize Fight
All eyes on the Democratic primary run-off in House District 46
"...of Texas in 1992, at 17, studying history and Mexican-American studies, and was involved in campus politics as a..."

May 4, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

SBOE Passes Mexican-American Studies, but Whitewashes the Name
Right-wing board member objects to name, citing “hyphenated Americanism”

April 20, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

SBOE Passes Mexican-American Studies, but Whitewashes the Name
Right-wing board member objects to “hyphenated Americanism”
"...Education finally agreed to provide public high schools with Mexican-American elective curriculum standards in a final vote cast Friday,..."

April 13, 2018 News Post by Mary Tuma

99 Luftballons (International Acts at SXSW Music)
South by Southwest by way of Sudan, Scotland, Colombia, and more
"...abandon and maturity on last year's Spitting Image. Character studies like "Behind Closed Doors" examine life's terminal velocity from..."

March 16, 2018 Music Feature

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
"...single "Holy Roller" and ice breaker "Atta Blues" are studies in rollicking riffs, serving heavy vibes of contemporaries Jack..."

March 16, 2018 Music Feature

State Board of Education Votes Down Second Mexican-American Studies Textbook
Rejected Text, Pt. 2
"...The State Board of Education has rejected its second Mexican-American studies textbook in the past year – but the..."

Nov. 17, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Stephanie Elizondo Griest Tracks Injustices on U.S. Borders
The award-winning journalist discusses her latest book, All the Agents and Saints
"...Sept. 12, 4:30pm, at the Center for Mexican American Studies, Gordon-White Building 2.206, 210 W. 24th, UT campus...."

Sept. 8, 2017 Arts Feature by Marc Savlov

Critics Table Tops at 25
The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Solo Gallery Exhibition “Ana Esteve Lloren: Studies for Future Objects,” Women & Their Work “Lauren Moya..."

May 22, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Essential History Museums and Cultural Spaces
Fun for everyone from history buffs to kids who like hands-on science
"...result of 30 years' worth of civic lobbying, feasibility studies, task forces, and two bond elections, the Emma S...."

March 3, 2017 Chronolog Post

OUTsider Fest's Wild Roots
The third annual international queer arts festival returns this week
"...The Empire Strikes Back is a mainstay of transgender studies. In 1992, Stone joined the University of Texas-Austin faculty..."

Feb. 14, 2017 Arts Post by Rachel Van Middlesworth

Sanctuary Cities and the Ways We Fight for Human Rights
When community matters more than the law
"...committed by undocumented immigrants – who, according to numerous studies, are less prone to crime than people born in..."

Feb. 10, 2017 News Feature by Victoria Rossi

Public Citizen Tom “Smitty” Smith Looks Back on a Life Well Lived
The man in the white hat's relentless hard work and willed optimism
"...In 1974, he received his B.A. there in urban studies, and had already begun what became his life's work..."

Dec. 16, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Rejecting the Text
Finally, some good news from the State Board of Education
"...Education voted unanimously on Wednesday to dump a proposed Mexican-American Heritage textbook deemed racist and rife with factual inaccuracies...."

Nov. 18, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

State Board of Education Rejects Racist Mexican-American Textbook
Board votes unanimously to dump controversial, error-riddled book
"...and Democratic SBOE members preliminarily shot down a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook, after months of debate and rallies against..."

Nov. 16, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

Local Democrats Take Another Shot at Education Board
Third time's a charm?
"...for its many high-profile controversies including politically biased social studies curriculum standards, advocating to teach the "strengths and weaknesses"..."

Sept. 30, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Standing Rock Pipeline Protests Bring New Life to Old Struggles
“It’s about all of us”
"...Navajo post-doc fellow at the Clem­ents Center for Southwest Studies at South­ern Methodist University, encountered a sense of "revivalism"..."

Sept. 30, 2016 News Feature by Greg Harman

SBOE Member Wants to “Deny Hispanics” Vote on Racist Mexican-American Textbooks
Education watchdog reveals e-mail exchange after public info request
"...of Education held a public hearing on a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook, recently released e-mails reveal board member David..."

Sept. 21, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

Teaching Truthiness
Activists, lawmakers call on State Board of Education to reject racist Mexican-American textbook
"...Sept. 13, to fervently oppose a newly proposed ethnic studies textbook they see as blatantly racist and teeming with..."

Sept. 16, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Rally Planned to Oppose Racist Mexican-American Textbooks
Coalition will hold rally before SBOE public hearing on Tuesday
"...and activists are gearing up to fight against proposed Mexican-American textbooks deemed racially offensive and overflowing with historical errors...."

Sept. 12, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

"...on the Texas State Board of Education to reject Mexican-American studies textbooks deemed offensive and racially insensitive. Latino activists..."

Sept. 9, 2016 News Feature

"...proposed book that called slaves "workers," the Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition is calling on the State Board of..."

July 22, 2016 News Feature

We Can't Make It Here Anymore
As the city's Economic Development Department readies its recommendations to City Council on Mayor Adler's Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, is it already too late for local artists in terms of local affordability?
"...(see "Playback: Austin Music Census," June 5, 2015) and studies from industry advocacy group Austin Music People. AMP's Austin..."

May 27, 2016 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Movers & Shakers
A guide to Austin dance
"...patterns and movements may be traced to its founder's studies with José Limón principal dancer Ruth Currier, but whose..."

Dec. 4, 2015 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Point Austin: Shock and Awe ... Once Again
Our wars return to roost, and we blame the victims
"...its architects at the Center of Strategic and International Studies: "You also take the city down. By that I..."

Nov. 20, 2015 News Column by Michael King

Landmarks Debuts Michael Ray Charles Sculpture at UT
For his Landmarks art commission, Michael Ray Charles transforms crutches into stars
"...expanded Gordon-White Building – formerly the Black and Latino Studies Building, home to the African and African Diaspora Studies..."

Oct. 9, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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