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Book signing features UTSA's Sharon Navarro

(Nov. 7, 2008)--UTSA President Ricardo Romo will host a book signing and reception to introduce a new book, "Latina Legislator: Leticia Van de Putte and the Road to Leadership," by Sharon Navarro, UTSA assistant professor of political science and geography. Free and open to the public, the event is 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the San Antonio Central Library auditorium, 600 Soledad.

At the event, meet Navarro and State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. The author will be available to sign books.

Published by Texas A&M University Press Consortium, the book tells the story of the Texas 11. In late 2003, Van de Putte led 10 other Texas Senate Democrats to New Mexico as part of a protest against a Republican redistricting plan. The walkout of the Texas 11 made national headlines; it also deprived the state senate of a quorum and temporarily froze all legislative action.

In the book, Navarro discusses how the dramatic boycott is a fitting image for Van de Putte's life and career. Though she initially ran for office on a shoestring budget, Van de Putte has successfully authored and sponsored legislation that has reformed the state welfare system, revamped the Juvenile Code and provided a health care safety net for Texas children in Texas. Multiple civic and community groups have recognized her as one of the most effective and influential lawmakers in Texas.

With Van de Putte as her central case study, Navarro assesses the possibilities for other Latina and female legislators. Her analysis of Van de Putte's record provides a context for judging legislative effectiveness and productivity. The book is invaluable for those interested in Texas and regional politics as well as women's and ethnic studies.

Navarro earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the co-author of "Politicas," co-editor of "Latin American Political Participation" and a number of journal articles. She is currently working on a co-edited volume with UTSA Associate Professor Rodolfo Rosales, titled "Latino Urban Agency," and her second book, "Latinas Rising: Latinas in the Texas Judiciary." Her research focuses on Latina/Latino politics, urban and ethnic politics, and women in politics.

For planning purposes, reserve a seat at the book signing by calling Tiffany Champion at (210) 733-6604.

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