The University of Texas-Pan American
UTPA Culture and Art Experience
Home Study Abroad Lectures Mariachi Contact Information
UTPA Culture & Art Experience



Johann Sebastian Bach: The Greatest of all Composers 
Through lecture and performance, relive the life of Johann Sebastian Bach whose impressive repertoire has influenced all aspects of music. Featuring lecture and piano performances by Dr. Peter Dabrowski, Music Director and Conductor of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in Edinburg, Texas and the Associate Conductor of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. 
Tuesday, July 21, 2009   *   2 – 3:30 p.m.  *    Biblioteca – Quetzal Room

Frederic Chopin: Romantic Genius

Gain insights into the life and music of Frederic Chopin, a musical genius who helped shape the piano genre. Featuring lecture and piano performances by Dr. Peter Dabrowski. 
Wednesday, July 22, 2009  *    2 – 3:30 p.m.    *  Biblioteca – Quetzal Room


The U.S. Economy and its Effects on International Markets
Gain insights into how the current economic crisis in the United States has evolved and its effects on international markets. To be presented by Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, dean of the College of Business Administration at UTPA, whose area of expertise is economics.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009  *   9 – 10:30 a.m.   *    Biblioteca – Quetzal Room

How the Current Economic Crisis is Affecting Retirement Accounts Learn how individual retirement accounts are being affected by the economic crisis in the United States.  To be presented by Dr. Teofilo Ozuna.
Thursday, July 23, 2009   *   2 – 3:30 p.m.   *        Biblioteca – Quetzal Room


Deciding Death: The Conflict between Personal Identity and Living Wills
Certain philosophical debates are directly relevant to modern medical ethics, including the debate over personal identity.  This lecture will discuss personal identity in the context of several real cases of questionable identity through time along with the constraints of living wills and patient autonomy. Dr. Cynthia Jones, presenter, currently teaches philosophy at UTPA and is the co-founder and co-director of PACE (Pan American Collaboration for Ethics in the Professions).
Tuesday, July 21, 2009  *    9 – 10:30 a.m.  *       Biblioteca – Quetzal Room
Health Disparities and the Rising Costs of Health Care 

A recent article in The New Yorker implied that McAllen, Texas has the most unethical health care in the country in terms of costs, health outcomes, and the greed of local health practitioners.  This lecture will discuss this article in the context of the unrelenting health disparities in the U.S., the rising costs of health care, and the sometimes conflicting ethical principles of autonomy and equity in health care. To be presented by Dr. Cynthia Jones.

Thursday, July 23, 2009   *       9 – 10:30 a.m.   *    Biblioteca – Quetzal Room


Lectures are $15 USD or $180 pesos each. All proceeds benefit the Biblioteca. To pick up your registration tickets, please go by the Biblioteca’s ticket office.
1 Lecture    $15 USD or $180 pesos
2 Lectures   $25 USD or $300 pesos
3 Lectures   $35 USD or $420 pesos

Biblioteca - San Miguel de Allende

Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende, A.C.

Insurgentes #25 (APDO #119) San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, México 37700
Telephone: (USA/CAN): 011 +52 (415) 152-0293 (MEX): 01 (415) 152-0293 (SMA): 152-0293

Sponsored by The University of Texas-Pan American the premier research-focused  learning institution in South Texas.

UTPA Office of Graduate Studies, Academic Centers and Continuing Education


About the Instructors

Dr. Cynthia Jones

Dr. Jones (B.A. Creighton University, Ph.D. University of Missouri) currently teaches philosophy at the University of Texas – Pan American, where she is the co-founder and co-director of PACE (Pan American Collaboration for Ethics in the Professions) and in Fall 2009, she will be the first female philosophy professor tenured at UTPA.  Dr. Jones regularly offer ethics lectures to professional groups, such as rehabilitation counselors and nurses, and she has lectured and published extensively in areas of applied and professional ethics such as intelligence ethics, biomedical ethics, vegetarianism, lying, and torture.

Dr. Peter Dabrowski

"A true concert leaves the audience and musicians on the edge of their chairs", says Peter Dabrowski, conductor, who in such a way leads his concerts. His interpretations, imbued with great expression, provoke, intrigue and excite, creating much emotion throughout the audience. Full of magnetism, charisma, and love for music, Peter Dabrowski is a conductor devoted to his art. Described by critics as exceptionally talented, his artistic personality wins over both audiences and musicians alike.
Great partnership with the soloist and orchestral musicians characterize Dabrowski's artistic work. Musicians under his baton are creative, involved and disciplined. As a conductor he is able to convey his rich and colorful musical interpretations with authority and scholarship. The final interpretations are not only the result of rehearsals, but are also due to the tremendous level of energy and concentration exerted during the concert. Dabrowski unifies the intensity and many talents of the musicians into one orchestral voice.

Musicians enjoy making music with Dabrowski. His passion and musical sensitivity empowers the orchestra. His goal is to create an atmosphere within the orchestra in which each musician feels like an artist. "I present attractive programs not only for the audiences, but, also for the musicians," says the conductor, for whom the role of concert programming is very important.

Dabrowski is the Music Director and Conductor of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in Edinburg, TX and the Associate Conductor of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.


Dr. Teofilo Ozuna

Dr. Teofilo Ozuna is the Dean of the College of Business Administration at The University of Texas  Pan American.  He received his PhD from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 1989. Before coming to UTPA in September 2000, he was on the faculty at Texas A&M University from 1988 to 2000. He has also been a visiting professor at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, México; Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico; Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, México; Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain; Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in Guatemala, Guatemala; and Universidad Centro Americana in Managua, Nicaragua. He has received 10 awards for teaching excellence and in 2004 and 2005 was recognized as a Who’s Who Among Teachers.

Dr. Ozuna is an accomplished scholar. He is a Border Fulbright Scholar and a Fulbright Specialist. He has published extensively in top economic and finance journals on topics such as natural resource valuation, economic development, international banking, and international finance and has made numerous professional and academic presentations at the international, national, regional, and local level. He has undertaken consulting research projects for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Justice, Mexico’s National Water Commission, U.S. Agency for International Development, Texas A&M Energy Program, and various Texas cities and regional institutions.

1201 W. University Drive Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
956/665-UTPA  1-866-441-UTPA
UTPA Bronc