(Nov. 4, 2011) -- The Hispanic Division of the Center for the Book in the U.S. Library of Congress again is honoring UTSA's Carmen Tafolla for her work in children's literature. Tafolla's latest children's book, "Fiesta Babies," was recognized as a 2011 Americas Award Commended Title. Last year, she and illustrator Magaly Morales won the 2010 Americas Award from the federal library for their book "What Can You Do with a Paleta?/Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?"
A San Antonio native, Tafolla is the College of Education and Human Development Writer-in-Residence for Children's, Youth and Transformative Literature and a senior lecturer in the UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies.
Tafolla is the author of an array of books for children and adults that vividly describe the rich culture of San Antonio's West Side barrios. "Fiesta Babies" describes in melodic, rhyming text how a group of babies are introduced to their lively culture when they join in the local fiesta. The book was named one of the "Best Books for Babies of 2011" by the Fred Rogers Corp.
"What Can You Do with a Paleta?/Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?" follows a young Latina through her barrio with the tasty fruit-filled treat. Her other books include "That's Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice," based on the true story of young Mexican American activist Emma Tenayuca, and "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans," a short story collection centered on San Antonio and 2009 winner of the Tomas Rivera Book Award.
The Americas Award, originated by the Consortium for Latin American Studies Programs, is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States.
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
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