Feb. 7, 1997

KU departments celebrate Mexican culture

BY CHARLA JENKINS The "Fiesta de la Cultura Mexicana," a celebration of Mexican culture in music, dance, theatre, art and film, will be presented at KU throughout the 1997 spring term.

The festival, organized by the KU Department of Music and Dance and the Center of Latin American Studies, includes performances, scholarly conferences and exhibitions.

Stephen C. Anderson, chair of the Department of Music and Dance, said the idea for the fiesta "was born out of the fact that KU is fortunate to have two `Hispanists' on its music history faculty. Both Walter A. Clark and Paul Laird are specialists in Hispanic music, so we began discussing how to best use their talents. We started checking around the university and discovered there was interest in spotlighting Mexican culture from a number of departments."

Kicking off the KU festival is a scholarly conference on Mexican music Feb. 14 to 16 in Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall.

The keynote speaker is Mexican musicologist Gloria Carmona of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciòn e Informaciòn Musicales "Carlos Chavez," or CENIDIM, in Mexico City.

Other events included in the Mexican festival are

Throughout the spring semester, an exhibition of Mexican prints and photos will be on display at the Spencer Museum of Art.

"Images of the Virgin" will be the featured exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology Feb. 15 to April 6.

The Center of Latin American Studies will present a series of Latin American and Mexican films throughout the semester.

Unless events are noted as free, general admission tickets are available at the KU box offices. Special discounts are available for students and senior citizens. VISA and MasterCard are accepted for telephone orders.

For additional information about specific events, contact the sponsoring department.

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