South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities will run from mid-September through mid-October with activities across several of our campuses that will feature award-winning authors and a film-series.
Hispanic Heritage Month is officially celebrated across the country from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. All events during the month-long celebration are free and open to the public.
The guest speakers are sponsored by STC’s Library Services, Center for Mexican American Studies and the college’s Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Author Lecture: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Starr County Campus Library at 10:00 am and Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm
Dr. Cathryn J. Merla-Watson is a former Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Literatures and Cultural Studies Department and affiliate faculty in Women and Gender Studies as well as Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas, Río Grande Valley. Dr. Merla-Watson has published articles in journals such as Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. (MELUS) and chapters in collected works including Research Justice, edited by Andrew Jolivette, and The Un/Making of Latino Citizenship: Culture, Politics, and Aesthetics, edited by Ellie D. Hernández and Eliza Rodriguez Y Gibson. She recently co-edited with B.V. Olguín, Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, the first collected works to coalesce scholarship dedicated to codifying and theorizing Latin@ speculative aesthetics. Currently, Dr. Merla-Watson is completing a book examining queer Latinx performances employ the gothic genre and post/apocalyptic subgenres.
Author Lecture: Monday, October 2, 2017, at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm
Dr. Timothy P. Bowman, Americo Paredes Book Award Recipient for his book entitled Blood Orange: Colonialism and Agriculture in the South Texas Borderlands.
Author Lecture: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191 at 3 pm, Wednesday, October 4 at the Starr Count Campus Library at 10:00 am and Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 5:00 pm
Mr. Valentin Sandoval was born in Juarez, Mexico. He currently lives in El Paso, Texas and is a commercial videographer. He studied film at the University of Texas-El Paso, but his film-making skill and style is mostly self-taught, honed by hands-on work experience with writer/documentarian Jimmy Santiago Baca, cinematographer Lee Daniel and Emmy-winning documentary filmmakers Paul Espinosa. His book South Sun Rises is a poetic narrative of a pursuit of the American dream on one of the world’s most compelling and dangerous international borderlands, El Paso/Juarez. Reminiscent of Jimmy Baca’s epic poem, “Martin and Meditations in the South Valley, it has a narrative arc expressed in a series of long and short poems. It is the story of Sandoval’s mother’s quest to define her identity and provide the foundation for a family in the United States
Author Lecture: Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191 at 10:00 am and Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm
Jennifer De Leon is an author, editor, speaker, and creative writing instructor who lives in Boston. She is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, published by the University of Nebraska Press, and the 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library. After a decade teaching in Boston Public Schools and Teach For America, De Leon is now a freelance writer, editor, and a consultant, and a creative writing instructor at Emerson College, GrubStreet Independent Creative Writing Center, and elsewhere. She also has an active career as a public speaker on issues of diversity, college access, and the power of story. She has presented at dozens of colleges and universities around the country, including Dartmouth, Fordham, Tufts, Swarthmore, and others. She lives in Milton with her husband, fiction writer and educator, Adam Stumacher, and their son.
Author Lecture: Thursday, October 12 at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm
Dr. Benjamin Johnson, teaches history at Loyola University Chicago. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he is author of Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans Into Americans.
Hispanic Heritage Film Series
“Precious Knowledge: Fighting for Mexican American Studies In Arizona Schools” and “Stolen Education: The Legacy of Hispanic Racism in School” will be shown at four of our campus libraries throughout the months of September and October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
For more information about these events and STC’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents or contact Angelica Maria Garcia at (956) 872-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.