Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Lectures, Film, Music and More

KINGSVILLE - September 14, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is preparing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 with a series of events that highlight the culture and history of the fastest growing minority population in the nation.

The theme of this year’s event is A People’s Celebration. Festivities kick-off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the courtyard of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB) with traditional start of the month-long celebration, including music, folklorico dance, refreshments and jalapeño-eating and grito contests.

Also part of this year’s kick-off celebration is the Miss Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Pageant, during which eligible undergraduate students will compete to earn a $500 scholarship. The purpose of Miss Hispanic Heritage Month Scholarship Pageant is to award a distinguished female for her outstanding accomplishments within her respective organization, for academic excellence and for her contribution to the Hispanic community.

September 18-24 marks National Hispanic Serving Institution Week. A&M-Kingsville—a federally designated National Hispanic Serving Institute—will celebrate the week beginning Monday, Sept. 19. Students are invited to stop by the pavilion area by the MSUB between noon and 3 p.m. to share their thoughts on Hispanic Heritage for the purpose of creating a video that captures A&M-Kingsville’s role as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The video will then be posted online and on the university’s social media feeds.

Films with a distinct Latino theme will be presented weekly throughout the month as part of the Hispanic Film Festival. Popcorn, drinks and door prizes will be available at all screenings. The first film—Bread and Roses—will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in room 219A of the MSUB. A brief discussion of the film will follow all Hispanic Film Festival screenings.  

Local genealogist and historian David Q. Trevino will present a brown bag lecture on Rincon de la Boveda at noon in the Alumni Room of the MSUB Wednesday, Sept. 21. Refreshments will be served.

The Department of Art, Communications and Theatre will perform the Octavio Solis play Bethlehem—which documents the dark, often violent, life along the Texan-Mexican Border at 7 p.m. Sept. 27, 30; 11 a.m. Sept. 28 and at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 2.

 The film Bajo la Misma Luna will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in rom 221 AB of the MSUB.

Communications student Nicole Villarreal will present a brown bag lecture on Hispanic Women in History at noon in the Alumni Room of the MSUB Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Dr. Manuel Flores, chair of the Department of Art, Communications and Theatre, will present an informative lecture on Chicano Cinema at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Later that day, communications lecturer Eric Ramos will present on the rhetoric of famed Hispanic civil rights leader Dr. Hector P. Garcia at 7 p.m.

The third installment in the Hispanic Film Festival will feature the film Mi Familia at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in room 221 AB of the MSUB.

A short documentary entitled The Vaquero Tejano—produced by A&M-Kingsville communications students—will be part of a brown bag seminar at noon Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Alumni Room of the MSUB. Refreshments will be served.

Homero Vera, Kenedy Ranch Museum curator, will present an update on the Tejano Monument in Austin at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the Alumni Room in MSUB. Later that day, nationally-renowned performance artist, writer and activist Tammy Gomez will conduct a script writing workshop from 3-5p.m. in the Blue Room of Fore Hall.

Tuesday, October 11, artist Tammy Gomez will conduct a seminar entitled “Solo Artist Nuts & Bolts—Business & Management of an Artistic Career” at noon in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery. The Hispanic Heritage Month Banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. that same day. Former District 27 State Representative and A&M-Kingsville alumni Dora Olivo will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, during which she will also be awarded the Tejano Service Award. The banquet will include dinner and music. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the information desk in the MSUB.  

Language and literature lecturer Marco Iniguez-Alba and Sigma Delta Pi—the National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society—will sponsor the first Hispanic Heritage Month Read Out—an opportunity to read passages, prose or poetry from favorite Latino writers. David Q. Trevino will present a brown bag seminar on conducting genealogy research at noon in the Alumni Room of the MSUB Wednesday, Oct. 12. Refreshments will be served. Later that day, Tammy Gomez will perform the play Martha and Me with A&M-Kingsville students at 6 p.m. in the Blue Room of Fore Hall. The final screening of the Hispanic Film Festival will begin at 7 p.m. in room 219 A in the MSUB and will feature the film Take the Lead.  

Gomez will wrap-up her visit to A&M-Kingsville with a performance of Tammy Tell Me True—an improvisation/comedic commentary on things in her world at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery.

For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 361-593-2760.

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