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‘Selena’ conference to explore evolution of Latino/a popular music

By Paige Wilkerson
University News Service
September 15, 2011

The Center for Social Inquiry and the Department of Sociology, in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Latino Empowerment Conference at Texas State University-San Marcos present “From Selena Quintanilla-Perez to Selena Gomez: The Evolution and Celebration of Latino/a Popular Music.”

The event, hosted by the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc. will be held on Oct. 7 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on campus.

Guest speaker Deborah Paredez is the author of Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. She is director of the Mexican American Studies program and associate professor of theater and dance at the University of Texas. Paredez’s book was winner of the 2010 Latino Studies Book Award Honorable Mention. Her research has focused on describing the multiple forms of social, political and cultural events that transpired after Selena’s death and coined the term “Selenidad.”

Selena Quintanilla was one of Tejano music’s biggest stars. In 1987, Selena won Best Female Vocalist of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards and matched it for the next seven years. Just before the release of her first album in English, Dreaming of You, she was murdered.

The event will also include a reception and book signing as well as a performance by Salsa del Rio with a special tribute to Selena’s music.

Support for this program is provided by a grant from the Office of Equity and Access to the Center for Social Inquiry, the Department of Sociology, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Underrepresented Student Advisory Council.

For additional information, please contact Gloria P. Martinez-Ramos at gm21@txstate.edu or Joseph A. Kotarba at jk54@txstate.edu.