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UTSA Learning Communities Common Reading is ‘The Devil’s Highway’


Author Luis Alberto Urrea and his book

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(May 14, 2012) -- The UTSA Learning Communities program announces "The Devil's Highway" by Luis Alberto Urrea will be the 2012-2013 Summer Common Reading for all first-year UTSA undergraduate students. Urrea will be the keynote speaker at the UTSA Fall Convocation Aug. 27.

A UTSA Learning Community is a group of students who share common interests and majors. During the fall semester, students are enrolled in two or three core curriculum classes together and actively engage in collaborative learning. The Summer Common Reading program is an opportunity to build an academic and social community and provides a common subject to engage in meaningful discussion with peers and colleagues.

New UTSA students will learn about the common reading program this summer in freshman orientation sessions and are required to read the book in time for UTSA's Aug. 27 Fall Convocation. The entire UTSA community is encouraged to read the book and participate in the Summer Common Reading events. Learning Communities students will continue to discuss "The Devil's Highway" throughout the fall semester. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use or refer to the book in courses, events and activities.

"The Devil's Highway" follows the journey of 26 men who in May 2001 attempted to cross the Mexican border into the Arizona desert, commonly referred to as The Devil's Highway. The journey would end in the largest United States-Mexico border death event in history. Through the lives of these men, Urrea details the unspeakable courage and the true spirit of humanity in their pursuit of the American dream.

"The Devil's Highway" is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a winner of the Lannan Literary Award. Urrea is a best-selling author of 13 books and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. Urrea is the Fall Convocation keynote speaker and also will host a meet-and-greet event for the UTSA community.

As part of the Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success, the UTSA Learning Communities mission is to cultivate an environment where students can learn and apply the academic skills and knowledge critical to their success in college. Learning Communities creates opportunities for students to develop a sense of belonging and connection with the greater university community.

For more information about UTSA Learning Communities and the Summer Common Reading program, contact Jessica Avalos-Alvarez at 210-458-7509.



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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.

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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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