RICHARDSON , Texas (Nov. 11, 2005) — Beginning on Nov. 21, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) will host a month-long photographic exhibition featuring a variety of natural landscapes throughout Mexico — including deserts, jungles, coastal beaches and mountain ranges — in honor of that country’s National Week of Conservation.
The exhibit, titled “ Mexico, Live Images of Conservation,” is being jointly organized by UTD and its Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies and School of Arts and Humanities, along with the Consul General of Mexico in Dallas and Mexico’s National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) and Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores.
The 40 images, which also incorporate wildlife, were captured by renowned photographers Alejandro Boneta and Pablo Cervantes and were commissioned as part of a CONANP initiative to foster nature conservation and pride throughout Mexico and to educate the public about the country’s vast biodiversity.
The exhibit will be housed in UTD’s Cecil and Ida Green Center and will be officially unveiled at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. The opening will be preceded by a 3 p.m. lecture by Ernesto Enkerlin, president of CONANP, who will discuss the importance of preserving and protecting Mexico’s natural resources. A reception hosted by Carlos Pena, UTD’s vice president for public affairs, will follow.
“Many people are not fully aware of the beauty, diversity and richness of Mexican geography — from the deserts to the beaches to the jungles — and it is important to draw attention to the need for the conservation of those areas,” said Carlos Garcia de Alba, Consul General of Mexico in Dallas. “We are excited about this initiative and believe that we have chosen the right place in UTD to educate the public about the necessity to protect nature and demonstrate the beauty of Mexico.”
UTD President Dr. David E. Daniel said that hosting the exhibition made sense in light of the university’s growing partnership with Mexico.
“UTD has a rich history of collaboration with Mexico, both through our Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies and our scholarly and educational exchange programs, and we are proud to continue that tradition by housing this important exhibit,” Daniel said. “We hope that those who observe these magnificent photos come to appreciate the breadth and beauty of the Mexican landscape and become driven to preserve and protect it for future generations.”
The photographs will be displayed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opening events and exhibition are free and open to the public. More information can be found at: http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0506/mexicoconserv.htm.
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