OCTOBER 4, 2021 — In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, UTSA is offering a mix of virtual and in-person events this week that dive into discussions about the Hispanic culture, diversity and inclusion in the community—all following the university’s theme of “Esperanza: A Celebration of Our Heritage and Bold Future.”
The university’s festivities, along with others held across the nation, started in September and will run through October 15, with UTSA’s events mirroring the national theme, and focusing on hope and heritage throughout the month.
Monday, October 4
Gabby Rivera, a Bronx-born, queer Puerto Rican writer, is the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics. During this keynote address, Rivera will unpack how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; and celebrates the healing power of community. This free event is open to the San Antonio community. Interested attendees are asked to pre-register.
Wednesday, October 6
UTSA Racial Justice Book Club
2 to 3 p.m., virtual event
The club will be reading two books this year, starting in September with the autobiography I, Rigoberta Menchú. The October book will be Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Students who join the UTSA Racial Justice Book Club are eligible to receive the books for free.
Thursday, October 7
Conversation with Sandra Cisneros
7 p.m., virtual event
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer and artist whose work explores the lives of the working class. Her coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street has sold over six million copies, has been translated into 25 languages, and is required reading in schools across the nation. Interested attendees for this interactive conversation with Cisneros are asked to pre-register.
Friday, October 8
Contemporary Hispanic Americans in Digital Media and Technology
10 a.m., Buena Vista Theater, Buena Vista Building, Downtown Campus (virtual option included)
Sponsored by UTSA University Technology Solutions, guest speakers Perla Garcia and Danielle Schramm will showcase important Hispanic Americans at the national level and discuss their contributions to technology and media.
We Too Were Once Young: The Legacy of Struggle of La Raza Unida Party
6:30 p.m., Buena Vista Theater, Buena Vista Building, Downtown Campus
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first state convention of La Raza Unidad Party (RUP) in San Antonio, UTSA is hosting Ignacio Garcia, the Lemuel Hardison Redd Jr. Professor of Western and Latino History at Brigham Young University. He is the author of United We Win: The Rise and Fall of La Raza Unida Party.
UTSA invites you to participate in our community altar by RSVP to this event. You can also use this link to learn more about Día de Los Muertos:https://anendlessconnection.weebly.com/the-project.html.Student Union Window Lounge, Main Campus
Mental Health Day is an annual campus-wide event taking place at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The event aims to bring students, faculty, and staff together to learn about the significance of taking care of their mental health.Virtual Event
Beyond Boundaries: Mastering the Liberal Arts is an open-access, student-organized academic journal designed as an inclusive forum for UTSA graduate students to demonstrate original work and experience the process of reviewing, editing, and submitting for publication.Carlos Alvarez College of Business, 1.01.20L, Main Campus
The tuba and euphonium students of Gary Poffenbarger and John Caputo will perform festive pieces in the first of two recitals. More details to come. The Fall 2021 concert schedule is subject to change. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates. This concert will be live-streamed via the UTSA Music Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/UTSAMusicUTSA Recital Hall, Main Campus
The students of Dr. Isaac Bustos and Prof. Johnny Pena will perform from the Recital Hall stage and via the Department's Facebook page.Recital Hall, 1 UTSA Circle, Main Campus
Presentation by Dr. Ainhoa Vásquez Mejías, professor and researcher from UNAM in Mexico City. It will focus on the influence of drug traffic on different areas of culture, and specifically on literature.Virtual Event
UTSA students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Health Fair on Wednesday. Health and wellbeing information booths and health screenings will be available.HEB Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
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UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
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