(Aug. 20, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in an evening with Gustavo Arellano, author of "Taco USA" and the nationally syndicated column "¡Ask a Mexican!," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Buena Vista Street Building Theater (1.326) at the Downtown Campus. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public, and free parking will be available.
>> Watch a live stream of Gustavo Arellano's UTSA presentation Sept. 12.
Arellano will be introduced by Chef Iliana de la Vega, a Mexican/Latin cuisines specialist at the Culinary Institute of America.
Hailed inThe New York Times as "the greatest (and only) living scholar of Mexican-American fast food," Arellano will discuss "How Mexican Food Conquered America," explaining what constitutes Mexican food in the United States, how it got here and why Americans love it so much.
Last year, Arellano contacted the UTSA Libraries Special Collections when doing research for his book. He selected two photographs from the collections to include in "Taco USA," one of the famous San Antonio chili queens and the other depicting a Gebhardt's Original Mexican Dinner package.
Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, Calif., and a lecturer in Chicana and Chicano studies at California State University, Fullerton.
In his column "¡Ask a Mexican!," which appears in San Antonio Current and has a weekly circulation of more than two million in 38 other newspapers nationwide, he answers any and all questions about America's largest ethnic group. In 2006 and 2008, the column received the Best Column award by the Association of Alternative Weeklies.
Arellano also received the President's Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition and a Latino Spirit Award from the California Legislature. He has appeared on "The Today Show," "Nightline," NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "The Colbert Report."
The event is co-sponsored by UTSA Libraries, UTSA Office of the Vice Provost - Downtown Campus, UTSA Mexico Center and San Antonio Current.
For more information, visit the UTSA Libraries website.
The night begins with an astronomy themed lecture in lecture hall 2.02.02 of the Flawn Science Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is given at a middle-school student level and allows discussion of recent topics in astronomy and space. After the lecture, guests will climb to the roof for some stargazing at the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory.
Flawn Science Building (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Houston's Russian Children's Theater presents "Wonderful Journey of Nils Holgerson"
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ART 2.03.02B), Main Campus
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.