Category Archives: Library Events

Jose de la Luz Saenz Lecture Series Presents – Marjorie Herrera Lewis

The Library Services presents “José de la Luz Saenz Veterans Lecture Series” an author talk followed by a book signing with Ms. Marjorie Herrera Lewis, her book entitled “When The Men Were Gone“.  The event will take place, Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 11:30 am at the Mid-Valley Campus Library and 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

Hispanic Heritage Month Documentary Series Presents: ALTAR

Click on a movie poster or scroll down to see when and where we’ll be showing ALTAR!

ALTAR: Cruzando Fronteras, Building Bridges

A documentary film directed by Paola Zaccaria and Daniele Basilio (2009). Research, script and executive production: Paola Zaccaria. Produced by Università di Bari and Regione Puglia. Assessorato al Mediterraneo.

In this documentary on Gloria Anzaldúa, the effort has been to document how her creative mind worked visually, how she was interested in art, and consequently her influence on women artists. After having gone through Anzaldúa’s papers (published and unpublished works, graphic works, collection of posters, buttons and t-shirts, etc.) collected at Austin University, Texas, I have been able to map her links with artists, activists and cultural centers and interviewed women who were inspired by her thinking and poetics (such as Liliana Wilson, Santa Barraza, Juana Alicia, Amalia-Mesa Bains, Antonia Castañeda, Betita Martinez, Graciela Sanchez, Gloria Ramirez, Irene Reti, and al.). We have also shot articrafts, photographies, video, painting, murales inspired to other artists by her poetics and theory of la frontera.

On the Texas borderlands in McAllen, Mission, and Hidalgo (shot in April 2008, before the actual building of the wall), we captured the material passageways between Mexican and American borders along the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo River which were the source for the texture of crossing which makes her work so special (insider guide: Daniel García Ordaz ).
A special attention has been devoted to the poet’s altares reposited in the University Library of Santa Cruz, CA (curator: Irene Reti), which were an integral part of her spiritual life and creative process as a writer and may be the best picture to visualize the frame of her creative process.

Visit the ALTAR: Cruzando Fronteras, Building Bridges website



*Artwork courtesy of Celeste De Luna*
For more information, please contact, Angelica Maria Garcia or at 956-872-2277

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series Presents Dr. Valerie Martinez

The South Texas College History Department, Center for Mexican-American Studies and Library Presents Dr. Valerie Martinez.  Dr. Martinez will be presenting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  She will be discussing her current project, Latina Ambassadors: The Benito Juárez Squadron and Hemispheric Politics during World War II, embodied Pan-American unity during a historical period that emphasized wartime cooperation in the region.

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series Presents: Latino Educational Leadership Panel

Please join us Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:00 am, 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room and Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191.  We will be having a five-member panel, where each will be discussing their research based on the findings of their book.


McAllen Poet Laureate-Edward Vidaurre

McAllen Poet Laureate-Edward Vidaurre will be visiting South Texas College Libraries on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 11:30 am and Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room. He will also be visiting the South Texas Higher Education Center-La Joya (Jimmy Carter Early College High School) on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 am.

JazzHouse ~ compelling love songs to the intensity of everyday life; from the magic in the routine to the marvels and miraculousness of living. Edward Vidaurre takes us with him on his life trip, from East LA to the Rio Grande Valley and the all the far reaching roots that accompany him in the form of ancestors, spirits, family, and other familiars. JAZzHOUSE is a base camp, and a life. We are invited in to share some food, some cafecito, or a glass of wine – to sit awhile and be grateful for every minute we are alive.

Pride Month Documentary Screening “StoneWall Uprising”

The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.  Please join us to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of these historical events.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room we will be hosting a Documentary Screening with Discussion “StoneWall Uprising” led by Gabriel Sanchez  at 6:00 pm

For more information, contact Angélica María García at (956) 872-2277 or or visit

Pride Month Lecture Series Presents: Gabriel Sanchez

South Texas College Libraries proudly presents Pride Month Lecture Series Guest Speaker, Gabriel Sanchez.

Gabriel Sanchez is a native of the Rio Grande Valley who grew up in Starr and Hidalgo Counties. He has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Sociology from Marlboro College in Vermont. For the past three years, Gabriel has been conducting research and collecting oral history interviews on the history of the Rio Grande Valley’s LGBTQIA+ communities and the activism, social spaces, stories, and art important to this community. Gabriel is currently collaborating with One Scene Studios to create Pansy Pachanga- a documentary film on the history of the Valley’s LGBTQIA+ community set to be released in 2019.

Please join us, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room  for a presentation at 1:30 pm, and on Thursday, June 20,  2019 at the Mid-Valley Campus Library at 11:00 am.

For more information, contact Angélica María García at (956) 872-2277 or or 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 or visit

Earth Day Movie Screening “Chasing Coral”

Please join us Earth Day, April 22, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.  Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. The film took more than three years to shoot and is the result of 500+ hours of underwater footage, coral bleaching submissions from volunteers in 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people in various locations around the world.



Life As Crossing Borders


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

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