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UTSA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with poetry of Gregg Barrios and more

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Gregg Barrios (Photo by Arturo Almeida)

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(Sept. 30, 2011) -- Local authors, performers and artists will celebrate "The New Latino Generation" during UTSA's National Hispanic Heritage Month event at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

>> Open to the public, a 6 p.m. reception will precede the program in the Retama Auditorium foyer. Refreshments will be served.

Featuring the work of poet Gregg Barrios, guest readers/performers will include Sandra Cisneros, John Phillip Santos, Ben Olguin, Norma Cantu, Anthony Flores and Brad Milne.

A companion art exhibit will run concurrently with the event in the University Center's Gallery 23. Curated by Arturo Almeida, the exhibit features pieces from the UTSA Art Collection and highlights artists who have inspired Barrios' poetry including Rolando Briseno, Kathy Vargas, Vincent Valdez, Cesar Martinez, Armando Sanchez, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Carmen Lomas Garza and Patsy Valdez. The exhibit runs through Nov. 5.

Playwright and poet Gregg Barrios came to the arts after a successful career as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times and a book editor for the San Antonio Express-News. His latest book, "La Causa," is a collection of poetry ranging from sonnets to songs, ballads, prose and narrative verse that explore the evolution of Latino culture from the beginning of the Chicano Mexican-American civil rights movement.

Free parking for this event will be available in the Bosque Road/South Garage. (See more information and a parking map.

The event is sponsored by the UTSA Office of the President, UTSA Libraries, Consortium for Social Transformation and Mexican-American Studies Program.

 

 

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Events
Aug. 27, 6 - 8 p.m.

25Veinticinco exhibit opening reception

This exhibit includes prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists who worked in collaboration with a master printer in the print studio at the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. It runs through Oct. 12.
Downtown Campus Art Gallery, Durango Building Room 1.122, Downtown Campus

Aug. 28, 12 p.m.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice

This book talk will feature a presentation by the book’s co-editors Anne-Marie Núñez, ELPS associate professor, Sylvia Hurtado, professor at the University of California Los Angeles, and Emily Calderón Galdeano, director of research for Excelencia in Education.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus


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