Category Archives: Library Events

Jose de la Luz Saenz Lecture Series Presents – Dr. Anthony Quiroz

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Library Services presents “José de la Luz Saenz Veterans Lecture Series” an author talk followed by a book signing with Dr. Anthony Quiroz, his lecture entitled “Let All of Them Take Heed” Activism and the Ongoing Struggle for Equality.  The event will take place, Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

“McFarland USA”
– Movie Screening

Movie-HHM-Flyer-McFarlandTo celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month the STC Libraries will be screening the acclaimed new movie McFarland, USA.

The films will be shown at the following campus libraries: Pecan, MidValley, Starr, and Tech.

Sept. 28 11am Tech campus Library
Sept. 28 12pm Starr campus Library
Sept. 29 1pm Pecan campus F-102
Sept. 30 12pm MidValley campus Library

 

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

Mcfarland, USA is based on the inspiring true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.

See the trailor below or at https://youtu.be/74eJaVQFybI.

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents

John Valadez, filmmaker, presents “The Head Of Joaquin Murrieta”

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We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

Filmmaker John Valadez will visit South Texas College Sept. 22 at 6pm at the Pecan Campus Rainbow Room as part of the college’s Hispanic Heritage celebration. We will be screening the film “The Head of Joaquin Murietta” with a special introduction and followed by a Q&A with the director.

Director John Valadez has produced and directed award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for the past 18 years. Valadez was also a writer, producer, and director of the six-hour PBS series “Latino Americans.”

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents

Felipe Hinojosa “Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture”

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We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

On Sept. 30 at 6pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, historian and scholar, Dr. Felipe Hinojosa will give a presentation and receive the Américo Paredes Book Award for his work titled Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture.

Dr. Felipe Hinojosa is a professor of History at Texas A&M University focusing on Latina/o-Chicana/o and Religion.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

The Americo Paredes Book Award was established through the college’s Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) to highlight the best non-fiction work in the fields of Chicana/o or Latino/a studies.

 

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

 

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents

Antonia Castañeda “Writing Chicanas Into History”

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We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

On Oct. 5, historian, scholar, and author Dr. Antonia Castañeda will give her presentation “Writing Chicanas Into History.”

  • Oct. 5 at 10:00 am at STC’s MidValley campus library in Weslaco
  • Oct. 5 at 6:00 pm at STC’s Pecan campus library in McAllen

Tejana born feminist historian Antonia Castañeda received her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Stanford University. Now retired, she taught in Chicana/o and Women’s Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and in the Departments of History at UT Austin and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Her research and teaching interests focus on gender, sexuality, and women of color in California and the Borderlands from the 16th century to the present.

Her current projects include a cultural history of Mestizas in colonial Alta California, a bilingual critical edition of 19th century Californian narratives, and a cultural history of Tejana farm workers.

She has previously held academic appointments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Following the lecture, there will be an opportunity to purchase her book Three Decades of Engendering History and to have her sign it.

The Americo Paredes Book Award was established through the college’s Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) to highlight the best non-fiction work in the fields of Chicana/o or Latino/a studies.

 

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

 

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents

Presentations: Stephanie Fielding “Reviving Heritage Through Language”

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Stephanie Fielding will be joining us on March 30 at the MidValley Library and on March 31 at the Pecan Library.  Ms. Fielding is a member of the Council of Elders for the Mohegan Tribe, and she is working on resurrecting the Mohegan language since the last speaker passed away in 1908.

For more information call 875-6485 or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

Presentation: “Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande”

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Present-day smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border is a professional, often violent, criminal activity. However, it is only the latest chapter in a history of illicit business dealings that stretches back to 1848, when attempts by Mexico and the United States to tax commerce across the Rio Grande upset local trade and caused popular resentment.

This April, Dr. George Diaz will join the South Texas College Library to discuss the first history of smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border based on the research for his book Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande.

Dr. Diaz will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses. On April 6th at 1:00 pm, he will visit the MidValley campus library, and at 6:00 pm, he will visit the Pecan campus library. To conclude his visit, Dr. Diaz will visit the Starr campus library on April 7th at 10:00 am. Following his discussion, there will be an opportunity to purchase his book and have the author sign it.

“The topic is very relevant to the news we hear every day, but it is fascinating to learn about how it happened historically for over 160 years,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “Dr. Diaz visit will help illuminate our border’s history.”

For more information on these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956) 872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents. All events are free and open to the community.

Presentation – “The War of the Rebellion: How the North Crushed the South”

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Our Library will be featuring guest speaker Nathaniel Weber on Thursday, April 9 at 1:00pm.  The focus of his talk will be “The War of the Rebellion: How the North crushed the South, 1861-1865.  We hope you or your students can attend.  

For more information on these events please call (956) 447-1288 or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents.

All events are free and open to the community.

“Twenty Feet from Stardom” screening for Women’s History Month

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Twenty Feet from Stardom will be showing at the Pecan and MidValley Libraries in honor of Women’s History Month.

About the film:

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, Academy award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom.    Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.  However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.