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.”

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 The exhibit, Vedem, is brought to this venue by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, to learn more about the commission visit

For more information at South Texas College, contact Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488 or or visit

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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

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.

Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question

STC exhibits maps from the University of Texas Austin rare documents collection

South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery presents “Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question,” a traveling exhibit featuring reproductions from UT’s Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection.

There will be a free digital map workshop on September 19 at 10 a.m. at the Pecan Campus Library, room F220 and at 1 p.m. at the Mid-Valley Campus CLE, room A105. Parking will be available on campus and no citations will be issued for guests. Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 30 people. Registration closes Wednesday, September 13.

“The maps presented in this exhibition span from 1580 to 1847, and reflect the intertwined relationships between indigenous and European, secular and religious, as well as national and foreign identities in Mexico’s evolution from colonial territory to modern state,” said Julianne Gilland, director of the Benson’s Latin American Collection. “Taken together, the maps featured in the exhibition tell a story of Mexican territory as it was defined, redefined, and contested through three centuries.”

The exhibit will be on view from Monday, August 28 through Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Pecan Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

StoryMapJS, a web-based authoring platform will be introduced for the presentation of map and visual material analyses. Using historical Mexican maps held at the University of Texas at Austin’s Benson Latin American Collection, attendees will learn how to create a set of zoom-able images, host them on Github, and bring them into StoryMapJS to create a dynamic visual-based story. No prior knowledge is necessary, and students or faculty from any discipline are encouraged to attend.

STC-McAllen workshop:

STC-Weslaco workshop:

Workshops will be led by Itza Carbajal (Master of Science in Information Studies Candidate) and Albert A. Palacios (LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator) from The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information, contact Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488 or or visit


STC Art Collection in Retrospect: Visual Memories as Preservation

South Texas College remembers its history with a retrospective art exhibit

South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library presents “STC Art Collection in Retrospect: Visual Memories as Preservation” an exhibit featuring seventy-one works of art displayed in chronological order by the date the pieces were acquired, 2006-2017. The exhibit opens Monday, August 28, and will run through December 1, 2017. On October 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a reception to celebrate the history and numerous art donations to the college at the Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

The South Texas College Library Collection began in 2006 and consists of works of art donated by visiting artists. The collection consists of many artistic mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.

This exhibit, like the collection, starts with the first piece ever donated “Temporal Form no. 10” by Ansen Seale and ends with the most recent donation “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by Carl Vestweber. These pieces each represent an exhibit that took place at the STC Library Art Gallery. In collecting them, the Library Art Gallery has accepted the responsibility and honor to preserve the art for future students and community to experience and find inspiration from. This exhibit allows us to see where we started and how the past eleven years have led us to where we are today.

STC’s Library Art Gallery 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 or via email at, or visit