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South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities have begun with several campus-wide activities, including the “Pláticas Sol de Aztlan Lecture Series” that will feature an artist, five authors, and an exclusive film screening with the director.
Hispanic Heritage Month is officially celebrated across the country from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The majority of STC 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, Visual Arts and Music Department, and the college’s Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
On Sept. 23, internationally renowned author and one of the most highly anthologized of Latina writers, Dr. Carmen Tafolla will visit three of STC’s five physical campuses, starting with a visit to the mid-Valley campus auditorium at 1 p.m., then at 6 p.m. at the Pecan campus library. She will conclude her visit on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. with a visit to the Starr County campus auditorium, located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City.
Tafolla is the author of over 20 books, including the children’s book “What Can You Do with a Paleta,” and a book of short stories titled, “The Holy Tortilla.” Last year Tafolla was named the first Poet Laureate of San Antonio. Each event will allow an opportunity for book signings and to meet the author.
The following week, award-winning authors Benjamin Sáenz and Daniel Chacón will visit the Pecan campus library on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. Sáenz has won awards in many genres, including books for children, young adults, novels and poetry. Las year Sáenz received the PEN/Faulkner Book Award for his book “Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club.” Chacón is the author of “Chicano Chicanery,” among many other titles.
On Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Pecan campus library, author José Ángel Hernández will give a presentation and receive the Américo Paredes Book Award for his work titled, “Mexican American Colonization During the Nineteenth Century: A History of the US-Mexico Borderlands.”
The lecture series will continue on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Pecan campus library with a visit from Arnoldo De León, who will commemorate the 30th anniversary of his book, “They Called Them Greasers,” with assistance from José Ángel Hernández and STC history professor Trinidad Gonzáles.
To conclude the series, film director and producer John J. Valadez will screen a part of the PBS series “Latino Americans.” It is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the varied history and experiences of Latinos in the United States.
Valadez will screen the series “Latino Americans” at the mid-Valley campus auditorium on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and at the Pecan campus library on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.
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