Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Hispanic Heritage Month Packed With Activities

KINGSVILLE - September 15, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Events range from speakers to films to banquets

The Hispanic Heritage Committee at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has scheduled a wide array of activities for the month. Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on Diez y Seis, Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for the five Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This year, Tejano Heritage Month activities are included in the schedule.

This year’s activities include:

Wednesday, September 16
A Diez y Seis celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard at the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB). There will be music, dancing, a grito contest and a salsa making competition. Local vendors will be on hand to help in the celebration.

Thursday, September 17
Dr. Manuel Flores, chair of the communication and theatre arts department, will present Hispanics in the Civil Rights Movement at noon in room 219A of the MSUB.

Monday, September 21
Homero Vera, director of the Kenedy Museum, will present The Greatest Generation-A Tejano Perspective at 2:30 p.m. in room 219AB of the MSUB.

Thursday, September 24
The documentary film, The Wall, will have its South Texas premiere at 7 p.m. in ballroom A of the MSUB. The film is directed by Ricardo Martinez who will be at the premiere to take questions following the movie. Filmed over two years, it is a feature documentary that chronicles the impact of constructing a border fence along the border with Mexico.

Tuesday, September 29
Dr. Shannon Baker, associate history professor, will talk about The Use of Satire in the Alternative Press during the Chicano Movement at A&I. She will make the presentation three times, at noon and 7 p.m. in room 219AB of the MSUB and at 1 p.m. in room 301 of the Jernigan Library.

Wednesday, September 30
Dr. Nirmal Goswami, political science professor, and graduate student Adriana Garza will present Hispanics: Shaping the Political Future of Texas and the Nation at 11 a.m. in room 219AB of the MSUB.

Thursday, October 1
Graduate student Jennifer Correa will present Racialized Social Construction of Mexican Americans in the United States, 1836-2006 at 6 p.m. in room 219AB of the MSUB.

Friday, October 2
Classic Hispanic film posters from the South Texas Archives will be shown at the Jernigan Library from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, October 3
The Second Annual Artwalk will be held in downtown Kingsville from 1 to 7 p.m. in the 200 and 300 blocks of Kleberg Avenue. This event features local artists from the university and the Playhouse of Design. Also featured will be the university’s Jazz Band and Ballet Folklorico along with other performing groups from the city. Beginning at 1:30 there will be a Merienda (Mixer) at the Cherry Tree Tea Room.

Tuesday, October 6
Dan Arrellano, author and researcher, will present Tejano Roots: The Real Republic of Texas and the First and Seventh Flag over Texas at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Honor in the MSUB and at 7 p.m. in room 301 of the Jernigan Library.

Wednesday, October 7
Marcos M. Flores, assistant principal in the Calallen Independent School District, will present Lost Letters from the Rio Grande: The Life of a 19th Century Tejano at 6:30 p.m. in room 219AB of the MSUB.

Thursday, October 8
The closing banquet for Hispanic Heritage will be held at 6:30 p.m. in ballroom A of the MSUB. The keynote speaker is Ernesto Nieto, founder and president of the National Hispanic Institute. Tickets are $12.

Friday, October 9
Dr. Manuel Flores, chair of the communication and theatre arts department will present Los Vaqueros: A True Tejano Legacy at noon in room 219AB of the MSUB.

Monday, October 12
Author Edna Campos Gravenhorst will have a reading and book signing at 2:30 p.m. in the University Bookstore. She will read from her book Te de Canela/Cinnamon Tea.

Monday, October 12
The film, Barrio Tales, by Domingo Chavez, will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Little Theatre. Chavez is an alumnus of the university and will be in attendance at the showing.

Tuesday, October 13
Dr. Jerry Thompson, Regents professor at Texas A&M International University, will present Tejanos in the Blue and Grey: The U.S. Civil War in South Texas at 2:30 p.m. in the University Bookstore and at 7 p.m. in room 301 of the Jernigan Library.

For more information on these events, call 361-593-2670.
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