Ana Castillo to visit STC for Women’s History Month

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Renowned novelist, poet, and scholar Ana Castillo will be visiting South Texas College this March in honor of Women’s History Month.

Castillo will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses, starting with a visit on March 4 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library. On March 5 at 10:00 am, Castillo will visit the Starr County Campus Auditorium, and she will conclude her visit on March 5 at 6:00 pm at the MidValley Campus Auditorium.

Castillo is a prolific writer and her work has garnered many awards including the American Book Award for The Mixquiahuala Letters. Her other notable works include The Guardians, I Ask the Impossible, and Massacre of the Dreamers. She has been regarded as one of the most original voices in contemporary literature.

Raised in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, Castillo credits the powerful storytelling tradition of her Mexican heritage as the foundation and inspiration for her writing. She currently lives between New Mexico and Chicago where she teaches at Northwestern University.

Later in the month, on March 26 at 4:00 pm, Dr. Leticia Garza-Falcon will visit the Pecan Campus Library.

Garza-Falcon’s seminal book Gente Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award. The book explores how prominent Mexican American writers of Mexican descent, such as Jovita González, used literature to respond to the dominative history of the United States.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March in the United States every year, and it highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Castillo and Garza-Falcon’s visits are part of the annual Jovita Gonzalez Women’s History Month Lecture sponsored by the South Texas College Library and the Center for Mexican American Studies.

In addition there are two special exhibits at the Pecan Campus Library which include “Women’s Work,” an exhibit featuring etchings by Debbie Little-Wilson and the photo exhibit “Mexican American Women.” The exhibits are in partnership with the Library Art Gallery and the Pecan Latin@s Club.

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu.