"Chicano writers from El Paso are the most progressive, open-minded, far-reaching, and inclusive writers of them all."

Octavio Romano

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Luis Jimenez lecture, El Pasoan makes dean at Cal State, El Paso Floods Photo Exhibit

“Las Platicas” EPCC Chicano Studies Program Lecture Humanities Lecture Series

“Luis Jimenez: American Dream.”

El Paso native Luis Jiménez (1940-2006) was one of the most important and influenctial Chicano sculptors and print makers. The lecture will examine issue treated in Jiménez art, such as imagination, conceptions of liberty and American mythologies

Aug. 15, 6pm

EPCC Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount

Lecture by Rubén C. Cordova, Ph.D. Cordova is an art historian, critic, and photographer, who is currently a Guest Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

Lecture will be facilitated by Art Professor Jackie Mitchell. Info. call (915) 831-3101 or email jmitch18@epcc.edu

New Pancho Villa Out

Cinco Puntos Press has released The Face of Pancho Villa: A History in Photographs and Words by Friedrich Katz. “There is no doubt that history is written by the victors,” spoke a eulogizer at Pancho Villa’s funeral, “but it is also true that legends are written by the people. For that reason the name of Francisco Villa has remained enshrined forever in the heart of the poor.”

This book, coupling noted historian Friedrich Katz’s text with 42 archival photographs, provides a deep insight into this revolutionary who was a hero for some, a villain for others. The scholarship of Friedrich Katz has forced Pancho Villa back into historical conversations as a pivotal and complex figure in the Mexican Revolution.

The photographs are culled from the vast Casasola Collection in the Fototeca Nacional of the National Institute of Anthropology and History in
Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico.


Cal State names librarian, dean

Cal State San Bernardino has appointed a new university librarian and dean.

Cesar Caballero, associate university librarian at Cal State Los Angeles, will now run the library. He replaces Johnnie Ann Ralph, the university librarian and dean emeritus who retired at the end of the school year.

Caballero received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at El Paso; his master's degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin; and his doctorate in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.

The John M. Pfau Library contains more than 750,000 books, bound periodicals and other print items, according to a university statement.

Check out the El Paso Times for a story on the El Paso Floods of 06 Exhibit starting Tuesday

'Troubled Waters': Exhibit shows faces of the flood

El Paso Times senior photographer Rudy Gutierrez knows a journalism adage, "If you want a good picture, you're going to have to get wet." That certainly proved true last summer. Gutierrez and other El Paso Times photographers spent hours in rain and floodwaters ... Full story

Make plans

What: Opening reception for "Troubled Waters:"Images From the Floods of 2006."

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 6.

Where: Chamizal National Memorial's Abrazos Gallery, 800 S. San Marcial.


Check out Daniel Olivas’ review of “Dahilia Season”

Young characters hold their own in debut collection

Myriam Gurba populates her debut story collection, "Dahlia Season" (Manic D Press, paperback $14.95), with young people who are often marginalized by a society too afraid or too exhausted to respond otherwise. Full story

New Books
HE POPEDOLOGY OF AN AMBIENT LANGUAGE (Atelos 2007 ISBN: 978-1-891190-29-2), Edwin Torres Using "ambient language"--fragments, excerpts, stage directions, echoes, conversation snippets, syntactic undulation, and rigorous sonic chaos--Edwin Torres creates an alchemy of language, what he calls "electrobabble" and "algorithmictotem." Amid the fast-paced frenzy of his lyrical style, Torres finds an excited reason for hope and purpose: "one by one/ the rhythmic yuwanna/ will climb the fearist/ the murmuring yugottit/ will find the liminal/ the metronomed howboutit/ will catch the kicker." Amid such restless verbal motion, things will happen, things must happen; as order will emerge from disorder, a sense of calm gradually suffuses THE POPEDOLOGY OF AN AMBIENT LANGUAGE. "This all impossible/ But I appear it on page, so/ Becomes possible on way-through page."

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