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Centro Victoria

The Center for Mexican American Literature and Culture of the University of Houston-Victoria celebrates the opening of Centro Victoria. A week-long celebration is scheduled to inaugurate a mission to share the Mexican American experience, its literature and culture, with Texas students and the wider community. 

“What Centro Victoria will emphasize is the American part of Mexican American: We praise the openness of opportunity here, the ideal of fairness, the freshness of ideas particularly through the appreciation of literature and reading. We will highlight the achievements of Mexican American culture and share them with our youth and show pride in our community’s hardworking spirit. We want to encourage respect for what has been best for both the United States and its relationship with its people whose descent is Mexican.” ~from Centro Victoria’s Mission Statement 

The pachanga, a celebration, begins Tuesday, April 19 with a noon lecture by Jesús Salvador Treviño, television and film director. Throughout the week the center’s guests and visitors will have the opportunity to share in the Mexican American experience with Josefina Lopez, award-winning screenwriter and author, Davíd Garza, a Texas favorite singer-songwriter, and Rolando Hinojosa, Chicano writer and legend. 

Save the Dates to take part in this unique and diverse cultural experience. 

  • Tuesday, April 19–Noon lecture at UHV Alcorn Auditorium by Jesús Salvador Treviño (www.chuytrevino.com).
  • Wednesday, April 20–Evening screening of Jesús Treviño’s “Resurrection Boulevard” with Q&A afterward.
  • Thursday, April 21—Noon ABR reading series lecture with Rolando Hinojosa.  Evening celebration with Treviño, Lopez, Hinojosa, and featuring the famed guitar of Davíd Garza (www.davidgarza.com).
  • Friday, April 22—Evening screening of Josefina Lopez’s “Real Women Have Curves” with a Q&A afterwards (josefinalopez.com).

Made in Texas

Moreover, Centro Victoria has created and published a teacher’s guide, complete with lesson plans and supplemental material, Made in Texas. This major project was an effort “to mainstream literature by Mexican American writers and poets to students in Texas.” The six-week, thirty-day unit, will help high school and middle school English, History and Social Studies teachers to plan engaging lessons by connecting students and their familiar surroundings to the issues and concerns that local writers, poets, and artists of color share with them and have in common. 

“When students know that writing—literature—can come from down the street or [from] a farm or ranch just like one near them, they can more easily understand stories and people who live in Germany or England or Argentina, Maine or New York or Minnesota.” ~Centro Victoria

Centro Victoria is offering Made in Texas for free. Currently the center is also conducting workshops throughout the state to distribute the teacher guide to groups of teachers and discuss its contents and use.  Administrators and teachers are encouraged to contact Centro Victoria to request guides or to schedule a visit. 

The staff of Centro Victoria includes, Dagoberto Gilb, Executive Director and author, Macarena Hernández, Managing Director and journalist, Christine Granados, author, and Diana Lopez, author. The center is located at the University of Houston-Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas, 77901. 

For an anthology of Texas-Mexican literature try, 

hecho en tejas cover

Univ of New Mexico Press

Edited by Dagoberto Gilb

Pub: University of New Mexico Press 

ISBN: 9780826341266 

$29.95 USD | Paperback