Category Archives: Pecan Campus

National Voter Registration Day – Tuesday, September 26, 2017

With Local Elections Looming, Group Calls on Community Partners to Hold National Voter Registration Day Drives

Washington, DC – In advance of this year’s municipal and statewide elections, 2,000 groups
across the country will mobilize to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 26,
2017. The National Voter Registration Day Steering Committee is calling on libraries,
universities, community organizations, and businesses to partner in this effort by hosting a local registration drive.  “These local elections have a direct impact on people’s day-to-day lives,” said Judd Choate,  President of the National Association of State Election Directors and member of the National Voter Registration Day Steering Committee. “They affect our parks and transit systems, the schools our kids attend, police and fire protection, as well as local taxes and the public investments they support.”  Every year millions of Americans don’t claim their right to vote because they miss a deadline, move, change names, or don’t know how to register in the first place. With over a quarter of Americans not voting at all, National Voter Registration Day is an occasion for community institutions, voters and election leaders to build a more representative democracy. “Election officials like myself are largely focused on making the polls run smoothly and tabulating the results accurately,” Choate added. “We count on community partners, who have trust and established relationships in their respective communities to help ensure that voters are registered and informed about the voting process.”

https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/documents/2017/08/august-28th-press-release-for-national-voter-registration-day.pdf

Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto Exhibition

South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library presents “Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto,” an exhibition on loan from Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The exhibit will be on view September 12 through October 12, 2017 at the Pecan Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Vedem was written, edited and illustrated entirely by the 40 Jewish boy prisoners whose ages ranged from 13 to 15 years old. Vedem’s writers defied the Nazi Regime’s practice of iron-clad censorship, which forbade free press,” said Vedem exhibit creators. “The writers braved hunger, exhaustion, forced labor and homesickness. They would regularly risk their lives by sneaking into forbidden places in the ghetto in order to write their articles.”

To learn more about the exhibit, created by Rina King, Danny King, and Michael Murphy, and organized by “The Vedem Underground Project,” visit www.vedemunderground.com. The exhibit, Vedem, is brought to this venue by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, to learn more about the commission visit www.thgc.texas.gov.

For more information at South Texas College, contact Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488 or gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series – Jennifer De Leon

Please join us, 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.

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series – Valentin Sandoval

Please join us, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191 at 3 pm, Wednesday, October 4 at the Starr County 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

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the STC Libraries

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 amgarcia@southtexascollege.edu.

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series – Dr. Cathryn J. Merla-Watson

Please join us, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Starr Campus Library at 10:00 am & 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.

Yo Solita Me Enseñé

South Texas College presents Jenelle Esparza’s work about being self-taught.

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery proudly presents “Yo Solita Me Enseñé,” a multi-media exhibit with photography, handmade paper, bronze sculpture, fabric, found objects, and film by Jenelle Esparza. The exhibit opens Monday, September 11 and runs through October 11. There will be a closing artist lecture on October 11 at 1 p.m. and a reception to follow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. The exhibit is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jenelle Esparza is a San Antonio-based artist who works primarily as a photographer. She was awarded the 2015 NALAC (Nat’l Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Artist Grant for her project El Color de la Obra about the interconnected histories of South Texas cotton fields. Esparza will be the Texas Artpace International artist in-residence for 2018. She is currently an Education Coordinator at the McNay Art Museum.

“We are excited and honored to work with Jenelle Esparza. Her dedication, thoughtfulness and ability to bring together under told stories of South Texas is exceptional,” said Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “The skill with which she moves between mediums will be exciting to experience.”

Esparza’s work looks both to her own and the collective history of South Texas with artwork such as hand-cast bronze cotton burrs and a photo of a vast cotton field titled, “Si La Tierra Podría Hablar.”

“The exhibit title, Yo Solita Me Enseñé, comes from women, Tejanas, from the early twentieth century in South Texas as they describe how everything in their environment was made themselves or was self-taught (deshilado, bailes, caseros, food, music, artwork, etc.). I like that meaning because everything in this show was not only made by me, but it represents a community and a history of people who made things in their own way,” Esparza said.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Gina Otvos at 956-872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.