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

Gregg Barrios

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.



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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