STC kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month events on Sept. 15

South Texas College students celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Pecan Campus in McAllen. STC will kick off this year’s celebration on Sept. 16, which will include a month-long lecture series and film festival, along with a film screening.

Forty-two years after Lyndon B. Johnson first recognized the contributions of Hispanics in the U.S., South Texas College continues the tradition of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the Pláticas Sol de Aztlán Chicana/o Lecture Series and STC Library Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 14, are free and open to the public.

The series includes seven lectures on diverse topics of Hispanic culture, a film screening and film festival. The film festival will be held at the libraries of STC’s Pecan, Mid-Valley and Starr County campuses, while the lecture series will take place at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room.

“STC’s Hispanic Heritage celebration highlights the importance of this month within the community,” said Victor Gomez, STC assistant professor and coordinator of the Mexican American Studies Program. “We are offering several topics in a wide variety of disciplines, locally and nationally, such as music, politics, history and art. They’re all topics that pertain to Hispanics and their contributions to those disciplines within our society.”

The celebration opens at noon on Sept. 15 at the libraries of the Pecan and Mid-Valley campuses with the presentation of the film “Justice For My People: The Hector P. Garcia Story,” in honor of Valley native and Civil Rights activist Hector P. Garcia.

In memory of Garcia’s achievements and Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day, a celebration will be held that evening at the Mid-Valley Campus’ Lecture Hall at 7 p.m.

During the course of the month-long celebration, STC’s Mexican American Studies Program will award the Third Annual Premio Sol de Aztlán, which is presented to individuals or organizations that have contributed to the community.

George and Virginia Gause, who founded the Lower Rio Grande Valley collection at The University of Texas-Pan American, are this year’s recipients for preserving the history of the Valley and promoting and organizing community events.

The lecture series continues on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. when Dr. Catherine Ragland, UTPA assistant professor of ethnomusicology, presents a lecture on her book titled “Música Norteña: Mexican Americans Creating a Nation between Nations,” which examines the role norteño music has played in shaping the Hispanic community.

The University of Texas-Brownsville/Southmost Texas College History Professor Manuel Medrano follows on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. with his lecture on “Américo Paredes: En Sus Propias Palabras.” Paredes, a Brownsville native, is recognized as one of the foremost Mexican-American scholars of the 20th century.

San Diego State University English and Comparative Literature Professor William Nericcio will present “MEXtacy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Conscious” at the Weslaco Mid-Valley Campus Library on Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m., and at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room and Art Gallery on Sept. 30 at 1 and 6 p.m., respectively.

On Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez will present a discussion on the “intent” behind the making of the recent internationally-released film “Machete,” starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin and Don Johnson. Rodriguez is a co-writer of the film.

Writer-poet Gary Soto will appear at the series on Oct. 7 at the Rainbow Room at 7 p.m., and present his lecture “Local News: the stories and poems of Gary Soto.” Soto is the author of 11 poetry collections for adults and is an advocate for reading.

Chicano/Latino Studies Professor Gilbert Gonzalez from The University of California-Irvine will present the screening of “Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program” on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Rainbow Room.

The series concludes on Oct. 14 with Dr. Cynthia Orozco’s lecture on her book “No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.” Dr. Orozco chairs the History and Humanities Department at Eastern New Mexico University in Ruidoso and is the editor of “Mexican Americans in Texas History.”

STC’s Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by the Mexican American Studies Program, the Department of Visual Arts and Music and STC Library Services.

For more information contact Victor Gomez at 956-872-2070.

2010 STC National Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar of Events:

9/15 Wednesday: Film “Justice For My People: The Hector P. Garcia Story”

  • Pecan and Mid-Valley Campuses Libraries, 12 p.m.

9/16 Thursday: Film “Justice For My People: The Hector P. Garcia Story”

  • Mid-Valley Campus Library, 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

9/16 Thursday:  “The 200 Anniversary of the Mexican War for Independence” – Trinidad Gonzales, STC

  • Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, 7 p.m.

9/22 Wednesday: Film “Selena”

  • Pecan Campus Library, 12 p.m.

9/23 Thursday:  “Musica Nortena: Mexican Americans Creating a Nation between Nations” – Dr. Catherine Ragland, UTPA

  • Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, 7 p.m.

9/27 Monday:  “Americo Paredes: En Sus Propias Palabras” – Manuel Medrano, UTB

  • Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, 7 p.m.

9/29 Wednesday: Film “Salt of the Earth”

  • Pecan Campus Library, 12 p.m.

9/29-30 Wednesday-Thursday:  “MEXtacy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Conscious” – William Nericcio, San Diego State

  • 9/29 at Mid-Valley Campus Library, 2:30 p.m.
  • 9/30 at Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, 1 p.m.
  • 9/30 at Pecan Campus Art Gallery, 6 p.m.

10/5 Tuesday:  Discussion on “intent” of the making of the movie “Machete” – Alvaro Rodriguez, co-writer of film

  • Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, 7 p.m.

10/6 Wednesday: Film “Walkout”

  • Pecan Campus Library, 12 p.m.

10/7 Thursday: Film “Walkout”

  • Mid-Valley Campus Library, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

10/7 Thursday:  “Local News: the stories and poems of Gary Soto” – Gary Soto, writer/poet

  • Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, 7 p.m.

10/12 Tuesday:  Film screening of “Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program” – Gilbert C. Gonzalez, UC-Irvine

  • Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, 6 p.m.

10/13 Wednesday: Film “The Flight in the Fields”

  • Pecan Campus Library, 12 p.m.
  • Mid-Valley Campus Library, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

10/14 Thursday: Film “The Flight in the Fields”

  • Mid-Valley Campus Library, 12 p.m.

10/14 Thursday:   “No Mexicans, Women or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of Mexican American Civil Rights Movement” – Cynthia Orozco, E. New Mexico University

  • Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, 7 p.m.

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