Category Archives: Mid-Valley Campus

“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, or visit

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.

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Antonia Castañeda “Writing Chicanas Into History”


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, or visit


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STC Library’s Permanent Art Collection

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STC’s Library Art Gallery celebrates its history with two exhibits from the Permanent Art Collection

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery celebrates eight years of building the college’s Permanent Art Collection with two special exhibits at its Technology and Mid-Valley Campuses. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 11, 2015, and will be on view through Friday, August 7, 2015. The Technology Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen, and the Mid-Valley Art Gallery is located at 400 N Border in Weslaco. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features works of art that have been donated to South Texas College from 2008 to 2015, by various artists who have exhibited at one of the college’s five library art galleries throughout the Rio Grande Valley in Hidalgo and Starr counties.

“It’s always interesting to be able to bring together our donated works of art into one exhibit,” said Max Garcia, STC library specialist. “It creates a type of visual timeline of what we have exhibited over the years. We are always grateful for all of our amazing donations and are happy to share them with each South Texas College campus so that everyone has a chance to enjoy them.”

The South Texas College 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 or (956) 872-3488. For a complete listing of events, visit:

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

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


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 or visit 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

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.

Maria Agui Carter, filmmaker, presents “Rebel: Secret Soldier of the Civil War”


Filmmaker María Agui Carter will be visiting South Texas College in honor of Women’s History Month on March 16th. She will be screening her film Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War. She will be giving a special introduction to her film at MidValley Auditorium at 1:00 pm and then at the Pecan Campus Library at 6:00 pm.  Following the movie will be the opportunity for Q&A with the director.

Rebel is the story of a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory. Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago — one of an estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she has been virtually erased from history?

Director María Agui Carter emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador as a child, grew up an undocumented “dreamer,” and graduated from Harvard University. She produces films for PBS and cable, specializing in visually arresting and complex storytelling as a writer, director, and producer.

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For more information on these events please call (956) 872-6485 or email or visit All events are free and open to the community.

Karen Abbott: “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War”

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Imagine being a woman, dressed as a man fighting in the Civil War. This March 4th during Women’s History Month, you will be able to get insight into four women’s lives during the American Civil War when New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott visits the South Texas College Libraries.

During her visit, Abbott will explore the spellbinding true stories of four very different women – a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow – who took on the responsibility of soldiers and spies. Her book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War has received many accolades with many noting Abbott’s pulse-quickening narrative as well as praise for her wealth of primary source materials. It has been named a best book of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and has been optioned by SONY for a miniseries.

Abbott will visit two of South Texas College’s campuses on March 4th. At 1:00 pm, Abbott will visit the MidValley Campus Auditorium, and at 6:00 pm, she will visit the Pecan Campus Library. Following her discussion, there will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have the author sign it.

“We are delighted and honored to be hosting someone of Karen Abbott’s caliber as she visits us to discuss such an exciting topic,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “She seamlessly weaves the thrilling narratives of these four women together who continually put their lives at risk in order to change the outcome of the Civil War.”

Abbott’s previous books include Sin in the Second City and American Rose which were both New York Times Best sellers. She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian Magazine and also writes for the New York Times series about the Civil War. A native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist, she now lives in New York City where she is at work on her next book.

Abbott’s visit coincides with the South Texas College Library’s commemoration of Women’s History Month. Other events throughout the month will include lectures, movies, and book displays.

For more information on these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956) 872-6485 or or visit All events are free and open to the community.

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney: “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas”


The South Texas College Library joins the nation in celebrating the contributions and achievements made by African Americans as well as paying tribute to the generations who struggled with adversity throughout the entire history of the United States.  Black History Month is an annual commemoration held in the month of February.

The South Texas College Library will take part with a series of events featuring movies, book displays, and a guest speaker event.

On Thursday February 26th, Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney will give his lecture “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas: Why We Celebrate Black History Month” at 1:00 pm at the Mid Valley Campus Auditorium and also at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library.

In his lecture Dr. Dulaney will discuss the origins of African American History Month, how people and events have been omitted from history, and he will highlight the history of African Americans in Texas.

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney is the chair of the UT Arlington History Department. He wrote the lead essay, as well as other essays for the new “Handbook of African American Texas,” an online resource created by the Texas State Historical Association.  His other entries include one on Estevanico, a Moor who was the first African Texan on record, as well as other entries.  Dr. Dulaney is also the author of the book Black Police in America (Indiana Press University).

“We are proud to offer these events to our students and our community,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “People are continually drawn to the complex stories in history that help inform our world today.  Through his talk, Dr. Dulaney will help us see how broad Texas history truly is.”

For a complete list of events, visit or call (956) 872-6485 or email  Admission to events is always free and open to the public.