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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.

New Database: Statista

New Database: Statista

 

August 11, 2016

The Library has added Statista to its online database collection.  Statista provides forecasts, studies, reports, statistics, and infographics from approximately 18,000 sources. Statista includes subject dossiers and industry reports for market and industry research.  It also provides domestic and foreign data on social and demographic trends.  Searches can be refined by filtering and sorting.  Search results can be downloaded in various formats together with citation information for use in presentations.  Statista can be accessed from the Library’s Databases page at https://library.southtexascollege.edu/resources/databases/

 

Contributed by Jesús Campos, Director of Library Technical Services.

 

A South Texas Ceramic Showdown Book Display

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While you observe the exhibit which will be on view from June 11-August 7, also take note of the library’s vast collection of Ceramics books and magazines.  For more information about the exhibit and about the Library Art Gallery, visit their website: library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery/.

These books are available to check out!

The book display is on the 2nd floor of the Pecan campus library.

Pecan Campus Library exhibits environment-inspired art

From the Series “After 2002” by Sara Waters.

From the Series “After 2002” by Sara Waters.

The Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present “Parallels of Concept: Interpreter and Translator” featuring artworks by Sara Waters and Suzanne Paquette. The exhibit opens Thursday, Sept. 10 and will be on view through October 23, 2009. On Thursday, Sept. 24 art talks will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in STC’s Pecan Campus Building D Auditorium. A reception will take place that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Bldg. F. located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Waters is a professor of art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock where she teaches sculpture and drawing. She earned her Masters of Fine Art in Clay/Sculpture from Indiana University. Her work can be found in art collections at The Institute of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Shigaragi, Japan, Southwestern Bell, Compaq Computers, and the Texas Tech University Museum.

In regards to the exhibition Waters says, “The work reveals my interest in history and in documenting, or capturing, the moment. I attempt to work from a place of discovery and of response to my thoughts, emotions and environment.”

“Ascension” by Suzanne Paquette.

“Ascension” by Suzanne Paquette.

Paquette is from Quebec, Canada and earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has lived and worked as a professional artist in San Antonio, TX for the past 30 years. Her art can be found in permanent collections at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Tyler Museum of Art, and the San Angelo Museum of Art.

Paquette’s passion for natural sciences and the environment influenced her art since childhood. Today her paintings, sculptures and installations focus on images of heaven and earth.

Regarding her work, Paquette says, “I enjoy working in natural materials with a low-tech process. I attempt to manipulate materials to evoke some quality of the inherent nature of that particular substance. I am most satisfied when the energy of the image and the medium carry an equal balance of visual interest.”

“Waters and Paquette both approach sculpture through shaped mixed media paintings and installation intermingling,” said David Freeman, curator and programs coordinator for STC’s Library Art Gallery Program. “They expand the range of sculpture, performance, and painting to discover new visual concepts in a powerful and demanding manner.”

South Texas College’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 call 872-3488.