(Nov. 10, 2009)--The UTSA Friends of Shakespeare and the Department of English will present Pennylyn White in a one-woman performance, "Katherine Anne Porter: A Driving Desire," at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the UTSA Main Campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
A graduate of Northwestern University, White is an actress, writer and storyteller who has performed in many Broadway plays and worked three years with Second City in Chicago.
The show is a dramatized biography of the life and works of Porter, a Texas-born author (1890-1980), who was raised in San Antonio. Porter is recognized as one of the most important writers of short fiction in America.
In 1965, Porter's "Collected Stories" received the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards. Two years later, she was awarded the Gold Medal Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was nominated for the Nobel Prize.
Her books, "Flowering Judas," "Hacienda," "Noon Wine" and "Ship of Fools," are known for their exquisite crafting and powerful ironies. Three of her stories, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," "The Fig Tree" and "The Circus," were produced as films.
In addition to her writing career, Porter was a journalist, essayist and social activist who traveled extensively in Mexico and Germany and reflected upon the experiences of women in the American South, the Mexican Revolution and pre-Nazi Germany.
For more information, contact Mark Allen at (210) 458-5358.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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