Southwestern University will host its 2011 Latino Heritage Symposium on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballrooms. The theme of the symposium is “Art and Activism.” Events scheduled for the day include the following:

10 a.m. – Lecture by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz. Ortiz uses print, performance and video to embrace issues relating to his experience growing up in the bicultural landscape of South Texas.

11 a.m. – Salsa Dance Lessons

12 p.m. – Lunch featuring keynote speaker Anita Fernandez. Fernandez graduated from Southwestern University and received her master of arts degree from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Fernandez has been a pivotal contributor toward the development of community and public affairs at the Museo Alameda in San Antonio, the first formal Smithsonian affiliate in the United States and the official Latino Museum of Texas.

1:30 pm – Painter and muralist Vincent Valdez. Valdez was born and raised in San Antonio. Since participating in a mural project at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center at age 10, Valdez has made public art about neighborhoods and urban landscapes. He holds a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, and his works have been exhibited at The Parsons School of Design, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum, the Seattle Museum of Art and the Cheech Marin Collection.

2:30 p.m. – Folklorico Dancing

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact