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“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”

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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.

For a preview follow this link:http://youtu.be/_GLTY4B8OuQ

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

Women’s History Month visit from Ana Castillo and Leticia Garza Falcon

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Don’t forget about these great events celebrating Women’s History Month!

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.

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.

Filmmaker Laura Varela at Starr – April 2nd

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April 2nd at 1pm – Starr Campus Auditorium

On April 2nd Laura Varela, filmmaker, media artist, activist and educator will be a guest speaker at South Texas College, Starr County Campus.

Laura Varela is a San Antonio-based documentary filmmaker and media artist whose work as a storyteller is shaped by her roots growing up on the US/ Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas.  Her work navigates between ideological, cultural, linguistic and physical borders through the use of film and contemporary art installations.

She will speak about her upcoming projects and her experience with her film As Long as I Remember at 1 pm at the campus auditorium, located at 142 N FM 3167 Rio Grande City, Texas. The event which includes reception afterwards is free and open to the public.

As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos examines the steep personal toll and enduring legacy of the Vietnam War on three artists from south Texas: visual artist Juan Farias, author Michael Rodriguez and actor/poet Eduardo Garza. Through the personal histories and experiences of these Chicano veterans, the film examines the role art plays in the sorting of memories, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), activism and the conflict in Iraq.

For more information about the event contact Terri Rosalez at 956-488-5822 or mtrosalez@southtexascollege.edu.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with these great speakers!

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Throughout the month of March, South Texas College is celebrating Women’s History Month with activities focused on the extraordinary accomplishments of empowered women. Festivities include lectures, movies, an art exhibit and much more. Admission to each event is free and open to the public.

The college’s Center for Mexican American Studies will open the festivities with the Jovita Gonzalez Women’s History Month Lecture Series, which is kicked off by historian Teresa Palomo Acosta who will discuss “Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History” along with STC historian Dr. Trinidad Gonzales.  This event will take place on March 6 at the Pecan Campus Library at 6:30 p.m.  The talk will be followed by a book signing.

Following that talk, there will be a visit from journalist Karen Blumenthal who will discuss her book “Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX.”  She will speak on March 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Starr Campus Auditorium.  The following day then MidValley Campus Library on March 20 at 1:00 p.m., and she will conclude her visit at Pecan Campus Library on March 20 at 6:00 p.m.

At the MidValley Library there will be a screening of the film “One Woman One Vote” on March 19 at 2:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion of the issues by the History Club.  The Pecan Campus Library will host a screening of the film “Adelante Mujeres!” followed by a panel discussion of the Pecan Latin@s Club on March 26 at 12:00 p.m.  The Starr Campus Library will be showing the acclaimed film “Iron Jawed Angels” on March 27 at 12:00 p.m.

On March 21 at MidValley, there will be a Reader’s Theater Night at 5:00 p.m., where faculty, staff, students and members of the community are invited to read a literature selection by or about a woman.

“The celebration of Women’s History Month provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn what women have accomplished and the formidable obstacles they overcame,” said Laura Gomez, organizer of the Mid-Valley Campus events. “My hope is that these events will inspire every student to recognize their own potential and achieve their dreams.”

Throughout the month of March, the STC Library will exhibit a series of photos that show the story of “Mexican American Women.”  The series of photos is from the National Women’s History Project, and it has been a collaborative effort between the Pecan Latin@s Club and the Library.

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

Julia Camacho’s talk “Mujeres Chineras” to conclude Jovita Gonzalez 2012 Lectures

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Historian Julia Camacho will wrap up the Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series with her talk “Mujeres Chineras: The Tanspacific Journeys of Mexican Women and Chinese Mexican Families 1910-1960.” On Thursday, March 22 Dr. Camacho will lecture at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus Building G Auditorium at 1 p.m. and at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6 p.m.

For more information about the Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series contact Victor Gomez at 956-872-2070.

For more information about the Center for Mexican American Studies visit the website at http://lass.southtexascollege.edu/hist_phil/mas/index.html.

Women’s History Month at Pecan and MidValley Library

libevents-iskra2 Throughout the month of March South Texas College is celebrating Women’s History Month with activities focused on the extraordinary accomplishment of women.  Festivities include lectures, movies, an art exhibt, and much more.  Admission to each event is free and open to the public.  The college’s Center for Mexican American Studies and Department of Library Services will open the festivities with the Jovita Gonzalez Women’s History Month Lecture Series in its second year.

Retired Navy Commander Darlene Iskra will form part of the festivities.  On Monday March 5 Dr. Iskra will be at the MidValley campus auditorium at 1:00 pm and at the Pecan campus library 6:00 pm.  Her talk “Breaking Through the Brass Ceiling” focuses on the role women have had in the armed forces including the strategies women have used to move to the top in a masculine world.  Dr. Iskra was the first female commander of a naval ship.

Historian Julia Camacho will wrap up the Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series with her talk entitled “Mujeres Chineras: The Tanspacific Journeys of Mexican Women and Chinese Mexican Families 1910-1960.”  On Thursday March 22 Dr. Camacho will visit the MidValley campus auditorium at 1:00 pm and at the Pecan campus library 6:00 pm.

“We are immensely proud and excited to be able to continue the Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series with such powerful and dynamic speakers as Dr. Iskra and Dr. Camacho,” said Victor Gomez of STC’s Center for Mexican American Studies.  “Women have been historically overlooked despite the major contributions they’ve given.”

For more information about the Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series contact Victor Gomez at (956) 872-2070 or email vgomez@southtexascollege.edu.