Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Manuel Medrano spins tales of Valley’s rich history at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus

The people, traditions and culture of the Rio Grande Valley make up a tapestry of stories and tales woven together to create one unique history. Author Dr. Manuel F. Medrano knows a great deal about this rich history, and his latest book of poetry, “In Body and Mind/En Cuerpo y Mente” chronicles the cultural and genealogical roots of his own family and other families like his on the border.
The noted educator and author shares his knowledge of Valley history and reads excerpts from his book at South Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus auditorium (G-191) on March 25 at 7 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by STC’s Mid-Valley Campus Reading Committee, is free and open to the public.
Medrano has a faculty member at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College for more than 30 years and he was recently honored as the recipient of the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award. In additional to his bilingual poetry book, he has also produced an oral history project, “Los del Valle,” about Valley people, traditions, and culture.
“We are truly honored to have Dr. Medrano share his work with the audience, as his poems speak volumes about the cultural fabric of the region,” said STC English Instructor Laura Steinert. “We hope the event will both introduce the community to his beautiful poetry and highlight the creative and limitless talent of our local authors.”
The program is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information contact Laura Steinert at 956-447-6619 or by e-mail at

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