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UTSA hosts 10th annual Storytelling Festival March 1 on Main Campus


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(Feb. 27, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host the 10th annual Storytelling Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1 in the Main Building on the UTSA Main Campus. Free and open to the public, the festival is targeted to teach pre- and in-service teachers who want to learn about the art of oral storytelling.

Mary Ann Blue, professional storyteller and educator, will provide this year's keynote address, "Your Story, My Story, Our Stories: Bridging the Cultural Divide Through Storytelling." Blue is a Spanish teacher at Saint Mary's Hall, a member of the San Antonio Storytellers Association and has more than 20 years of experience in storytelling.

The event also includes breakout sessions taught by professional storytellers. These sessions will teach attendees how to tell stories and how to bring storytelling into the classroom.

"We want to give teachers the idea of getting the students involved in storytelling," said Miriam Martinez, UTSA professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and festival coordinator. "A lot of people argue that if you have a child in your classroom that you can't hook with a book you are reading aloud, then put the book aside and tell the story orally. There's a power there that pulls the students in."

Between the breakout sessions, students from Saint Mary's Hall and Tuscany Heights Elementary School will perform and demonstrate oral storytelling. Many of these students, Martinez said, have competed in storytelling competitions on the national level.

"I hope that the attendees take away with them a recognition of storytelling," said Martinez. "It was that recognition of the power and importance of storytelling that motivated us when we first started 10 years ago."

For more information about the Storytelling Festival, visit the UTSA College of Education and Human Development website.



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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