Category Archives: Author / Scholar Visit

National Poetry Month Lecture Series Presents Traci Brimhall

 

South Texas College Libraries proudly presents National Poetry Month Lecture Series Ms. Traci Brimhall.

Traci Brimhall is the author of three books of poetry: Saudade (Copper Canyon); Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award; as well as the forthcoming poetry-essay hybrid collection Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon). Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Georgia Review, Poetry, Southern Review, and Best American Poetry. She’s an associate professor of creative writing at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS.

Please join us, Thursday, April 25, 2019, the Mid-Valley Library will host an author talk at 10:00 am, followed by a second author talk at then Pecan Campus Library Rainbow at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Angélica María García at (956) 872-2277 or amgarcia@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/newsevents/libraryevents/

Life As Crossing Borders

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Join us for this unique two-part event with acclaimed writer and instructor Sergio Troncoso.

The Office of Professional and Organizational Development presents “Turning Life into Literature” and “Life As Crossing Borders” on Monday, April 29th, in the Pecan Library Rainbow Room

“Turning Life into Literature” will be from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
“Life As Crossing Borders” will be from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.


“Turning Life into Literature”

Open to Faculty and Staff.
This first session will focus on how to empower students to write stories and essays about their lives. Through personal experiences, Mr. Troncoso will trace his journey beginning with his early life in El Paso, the wide-range of challenges he encountered along the way and how he overcame them to become an acclaimed writer of fiction and non-fiction. In addition, Mr. Troncoso will share a practical six-part exercise that he has developed and implements in writing workshops at Yale that faculty can use to help students refine their writing skills.

Professional Development Registration. (Must login with STC Credentials)


“Life As Crossing Borders”

Open to South Texas College Community, Faculty, and Staff
Acclaimed author Sergio Troncoso, a native border Texan from El Paso, will read from a selection of his works dealing with the theme of “life as crossing borders.” Following his readings, you will have a chance to engage in a town hall discussion with our special guest covering a range of topics related to this fascinating aspect of our heritage and culture. We encourage South Texas College faculty, staff, students and the Rio Grande Valley community to participate in this special event.

For South Texas College Faculty and Staff: registration is appreciated (but not required) to better prepare for the session.


For more information regarding these workshops, please contact Office of Professional and Organizational Development at 956-872-7269 or opod@southtexascollege.edu.

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Women’s History Month Lecture Series – Catia Hernandez Holm

Women's History Month

March is Nationally recognized as Women’s History Month, South Texas College Libraries will be hosting several events to celebrate Women’s History Month.  We conclude with Catia Hernandez Holm, she will be speaking to us about her book “The Courage to Become: Stories of Hope for Navigating Love, Marriage and Motherhood”  Catia writes in her book The Courage To Become beautifully and honestly shares a story that so many women live every day. We are always becoming–something new, something feared, something previously unknown. When I became a spouse, and then a mother, I went through the looking glass–seeing myself as I had been, not recognizing who I was to become, but mostly feeling lost and alone in the desert that bridged the two.

Please join us Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 am at the South Texas College La Joya Teaching Center. Then she will join us on Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00 am at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191, and lastly at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm.

Women’s History Month Lecture Series

Women's History Month

March is Nationally recognized as Women’s History Month, South Texas College Libraries will be hosting several events to celebrate Women’s History Month.  We begin with Dr. Angela Boswell, she will be speaking to us about her book “Women in Texas History” Dr. Angela Boswell uses three broad themes to tie together the narrative of women in Texas history. First, the physical and geographic challenges of Texas as a place significantly affected women’s lives, from the struggles of isolated frontier farming to the opportunities and problems of increased urbanization. Second, the changing landscape of legal and political power continued to shape women’s lives and opportunities, from the ballot box to the courthouse and beyond. Finally, Boswell demonstrates the powerful influence of social and cultural forces on the identity, agency, and everyday life of women in Texas. In challenging male-dominated legal and political systems, Texan women shaped (and were shaped by) class, religion, community organizations, literary and artistic endeavors, and more.

Please join us Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room and Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 am at the Mid-Valley Campus Library.

 

 

Black History Month Lecture Series

February is nationally recognized as Black History Month, South Texas College Libraries is proud to present Ms. Virginia Cumberbatch and Ms. Leslie Blair on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Starr County Campus Library, then at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  They will be speaking to us about their book “As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin”   In 2016, the University of Texas at Austin celebrated two important milestones: the thirtieth anniversary of the Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights and the sixtieth anniversary of the first black undergraduate students to enter the university. These historic moments aren’t just special; they are relevant to current conversations and experiences on college campuses across the country. The story of integration at UT against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South is complex and momentous—a story that necessitates understanding and sharing. Likewise, this narrative is inextricably linked to current conversations about students’ negotiations of identity and place in higher education . 

 

National Novel Writing Month Lecture Series Presents: Daniel Chacon

Daniel Chacon

Please join us, Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 pm, as we welcome Mr. Daniel Chacón.

Mr. Chacón is the author of five books of fiction, including Hotel Juárez, Stories, Rooms and Loops andThe Cholo Tree. He is editor of A Jury of Trees, the posthumous poems of Andrés Montoya and The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: The Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga

He has won the Southwest Book Award, the American Book Award, the Pen-Oakland Prize for Fiction, and the Hudson Prize, among others. His work has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Swedish. He is cohost of Words on a Wire, a radio show about books. https://soychacon.wordpress.com

Jose de la Luz Saenz Lecture Series Presents – Dr. Edward Westermann

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Library Services presents “José de la Luz Saenz Veterans Lecture Series” an author talk followed by a book signing with Dr. Edward Westermann, his lecture entitled “Drunk on Genocide? Alcohol and Atrocity in the Holocaust“.  The event will take place, Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

National Poetry Month Lecture Series Presents Jose Antonio Rodriguez

April is National Poetry Month it is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

Please join us, April 19, 2018 at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191 at 10 am, then at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6 pm as we welcome Jose Antonio Rodriguez, he will be talking to us about his book “House Built on Ashes: A Memoir”

José Antonio Rodríguez, born in Mexico and raised in south Texas, is the author of the memoir House Built on Ashes and the poetry collections The Shallow End of Sleep and Backlit Hour.  His awards and honors include the Bob Bush Memorial Award from the Texas Institute of Letters; a finalist citation for the 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize, a finalist citation for a 2017 International Latino Book Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award from the Paterson Literary Review, the Founders’ Prize from RHINO, multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and the Clifford D. Clark Doctoral Fellowship from Binghamton University, where he earned a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing. He is also a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and CantoMundo. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, POETRY, The New Republic, The Texas Observer, Huizache, the Poetry Society of America online, and elsewhere. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Women’s History Month Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series

March is Nationally recognized as Women’s History Month, South Texas College Libraries will be hosting several events to celebrate Women’s History Month.  We begin with Ms. Barbara Cigarroa, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  She will be speaking to us about her book “A Mexican Dream and Other Compositions”  presents a rare collection of interwoven essays chronicling the fascinating history of the Cigarroa family and their influence on the Texas-Mexico border landscape.

Barbara González Cigarroa brings to life stories of her ancestors and other family members, including: Rebecca Iriarte, who raised her five children during the Mexican Revolution of 1910; Judge Manuel J. Raymond, one of the last of the border patrones who expertly navigated contrasting cultures across border lines; Henry B. González, US Congressman and the first Mexican American elected to the Texas Senate during a time of blatant racial discrimination; Dr. Joaquin González Cigarroa Jr., a revered physician and education activist; Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, pediatric transplant surgeon and former chancellor of the University of Texas system; Barbara Flores Cigarroa, a mother of ten whose values and resolve inspired her children and many grandchildren to excel in the finest universities and beyond.  In presenting richly detailed vignettes with keen observation and grace, Cigarroa offers captivating and original insights not only into her family’s remarkable story, but also into the beauty of the extraordinary traits and enduring spirit of the people of our Texas borderlands

We continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, Dr. Sandra Ledesma will be presenting her book, “Bombolai” on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium (G-191), then at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  We conclude with at the Starr County Campus Auditorium, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Her book is a  collection of funny stories, that make you laugh, think and reflect. The stories are somewhat feminist, but with warm love with the many teachings from ancestors and semi-modern Mexican wit that strengthens wisdom and the desire to live life fearlessly with not too much or a lot on hand.

For more information, please contact, Angelica Maria Garcia amgarcia@southtexascollege.edu or at 956-872-2277