UTSA professor to discuss Texas family stories

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 25, 2006)--Marian Aitches, senior lecturer in the UTSA Department of History, will participate in the New Tertulia Community Talks event, "Texas Roots and Family Stories," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 at Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa St.

The event, free and open to the public, is part of the Gemini Ink Community Conversation Series. Audience participation is at the heart of the new series focusing on life in San Antonio.

Aitches, who teaches American Studies, is writing a memoir on growing up in Victoria Courts and the history of public housing in San Antonio. She will talk about the mechanics of recording family histories.

Writers Meg Guerra from Laredo, David Middleton from North Dakota and John Phillip Santos, also from San Antonio, will join Aitches on the panel.

"Tertulia" is Spanish for the tradition of informally gathering in a public space or cafe to discuss art, politics and ideas of common interest.

Gemini Ink, San Antonio's only independent literary center, celebrates art in literature by offering university- and master-level classes, reader's theater and Writers in Communities presentations that bring literature and literacy to disadvantaged groups.

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