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DATE:  November 1, 2007       
CONTACT: Dr. Jesus Rosales, 361.825.5779; or Cassandra Hinojosa, 361.825.2337

Reception to Celebrate Chicano and Mexican Literature, Culture

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WHO: The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
WHAT: Reception to Honor “Puentes: Revista de literatura, cultura y arte”
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Performing Arts Center Lobby, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold a reception honoring “Puentes: Revista de literatura, cultura y arte,” a journal promoting Chicano and Mexican literature, culture and art, Friday, Nov. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

The reception, which is free and open to the public, will feature poetry, narrative and music to celebrate the fifth publication of the annual journal founded in 2003 by Dr. Jesus Rosales, professor of Spanish at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The journal has published national and international writers including Luis Leal, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Miguel Méndez, Pat Mora, Norma Cantú, Alejandro Morales, José Angel Gutiérrez, Demetria Martínez, Francisco Lomelí, María Herrera-Sobek, Jorge Huerta and Rosaura Sánchez.

Rosales graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Spanish and received his master’s degree from Stanford University in 1981. He was awarded his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1995. Before joining the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty, Rosales taught at Texas A&M University and was a visiting professor of Spanish at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“The main focus of the journal is to publish works dealing with Chicano and Mexican cultural themes,” Rosales said. “By doing this, we hope to strengthen the cultural relations between people on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border with the intent of breaking down those cultural barriers that many times lead to misunderstandings between the Chicano and the Mexicano.”

The journal, which includes works in Spanish and English, is sponsored by the University’s College of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Provost, and donations from private sponsors. Puentes #3, “El cuento en la frontera” (Border Short Stories) is currently part of a required text for a Chicano literature class at the University of Texas at Brownsville and at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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