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Texas A&M University-Kingsville Lecturship Series Presents Author Elva Treviño Hart

Peacock Auditorium, Texas A&M-Kingsville - 03/21/12 - 03/21/12

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Elva Treviño Hart – author of Barefoot Heart –will be the next featured guest speaker of the 2012 Texas A&M University-Kingsville University Lectureship Series. Treviño Hart’s lecture will begin at 7p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Peacock Auditorium.

Hart will present “Barefoot Heart”—focusing on the memoir, a narrative based on her personal experiences as part of a Mexican American family of migrant laborers from South Texas. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Barefoot Heart begins when Treviño Hart is a young child, the sixth and last in her family, who never gets the attention she craves and feels isolated from her family—especially since she never works in the fields. When she is twelve, her family is able to leave the fields and Treviño Hart begins to grow up and discovers books. She is very successful in school, but continues to feel guilty because her life has been easier than those of her siblings. At the end of the novel, Treviño Hart graduates valedictorian of her high school class, but finds it a bittersweet victory because she knows that her life will now be even more different than those of her family members.

Storytelling has always been a part of life for Treviño Hart. While her family worked in the Minnesota fields, young Treviño Hart would wait by the car, making up stories to pass the time. After the workday ended, the family would gather around the stove in their migrant camp quarters, listening to and telling stories. In the absence of toys, television, or books, storytelling was the main form of entertainment and the chief reward after a long day’s work.

Treviño Hart attempted to translate her storytelling in high school English papers, but  always thought she was being judged for the content rather than the style, and, since her experiences were so different from those of her white classmates, she thought the content was inadequate. As a result, though English and reading were her passion, Treviño Hart concentrated on mathematics.

That focus on mathematics led her to a lucrative career in the computer industry. But her career left her feeling as if she had become two different people. To reconcile them, Treviño Hart returned to storytelling.  Treviño Hart—a recipient of a League of United Latin American Citizens scholarship—is donating all royalties from sales of the memoir to scholarships.

In addition to writing, Treviño Hart travels around the country, talking to migrant children and migrant parents, spreading a message of hope.

About the University Lectureship Series

The University Lectureship Series at A&M University-Kingsville is a student-supported program that invites guest lecturers to present relevant or entertaining topics both to the university and Kingsville communities. Known nationally or regionally for their expertise, invited speakers will educate, inform and engage students and help them to make meaning of theories they are learning in their classrooms.

For more information about the A&M-Kingsville University Lectureship Series, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-593-3612.


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