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January 25th, 2011
Texas State to host literary symposium


Rolando Hinojosa and Miguel Méndez will read from their works at a literary symposium at Texas State.


The Wittliff Collections at Texas State will host the Rolando Hinojosa/Miguel Méndez Literary Symposium: Vida y Honor/Life and Honor on Feb. 4 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. The Wittliff Collections are located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library at Texas State.

The day-long symposium will feature Rolando Hinojosa and Miguel Méndez, two of  the most influential and pioneering Mexican authors of the last 50 years. Hinjosa is from the University of Texas. Méndez is visiting from the University of Arizona. Nearly one dozen speakers will present papers on the works and influence that the visiting authors have had on Chicana/Chicano and world literature.

At 8:15 a.m., the symposium will start with coffee and pan dulce. San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Dr. Michael Hennessy, chair of the Department of English at Texas State, will welcome the speakers and participants. Texas State professors Sergio Martínez and Jaime Armin Mejía will give opening remarks.

Three sessions will be held at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Presenting scholars include Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Javier Villarreal,  University of California-Merced’s Manuel Martín Rodríguez, Klaus Zilles from Ramón Llull University, Barcelona, Spain, and California State-Chico’s Antonio Arreguín-Bermúdez.

Other speakers include Juan Armando Rojas Joo from Ohio Wesleyan University, Roberto Mendoza from the University of Arizona, María Herrera-Sobek and Francisco Lomelí from the University of California-Santa Barbara, Yazmín Lazcano-Pry from  Arizona State University- Tempe and Texas State’s Chad Hammett.

At 3:15 p.m., Trinity University’s Arturo Madrid will introduce Hinojosa and Méndez, who will read from their work then take questions from the audience.

A reception and book signing will follow the reading, accompanied by Texas State’s Mariachi ensemble. Books by the authors will be available for sale by the University Bookstore.

The event is co-sponsored by the Wittliff Collections, the Office of Equity and Access, the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Applied Arts, and Education, the Departments of English and Modern Languages, the School of Music, the Rho Chapter of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the Hispanic Policy Network.

For more information on the event contact Steve Davis, the Witliff Collections curator, at (512) 245-2313 or by email at

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