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Best-selling author and Ask a Mexican columnist speaks Sept. 12 at UTSA

Gustavo Arellano
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Writer Gustavo Arellano and his new book

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(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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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