Juan Felipe Herrera, recently named Poet Laureate of the United States, will read from his works at the 2016 Jean Burden Poetry Reading. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a buffet reception and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. This event is free to the public. There will be book sales and signing following the reading.
The conference will feature nine renowned keynote and featured speakers, such as Richard Flores (University of Texas at Austin), John Holmes McDowell (Indiana University), and Oscar J. Martínez (University of Arizona). Other prominent speakers include film director Robert M. Young and award-winning actor and director Edward James Olmos. This conference on Américo Paredes will also include scenes from plays by Chicano dramatist Carlos Morton to be performed under the direction of Mexican actress Alejandra Flores, and panel sessions on various topics related to the conference's theme.