UTPA arts and humanities festival set for March 1-3
Contact: Melissa Vasquez, Senior Editor 956/381-3639
Posted: 02/21/2007
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Celebrate the arts and humanities side of The University of Texas-Pan American during its first Festival of International Books and Arts, dubbed FESTIBA, March 1-3.

Dr. Dahlia Guerra, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, said the goal of the three-day event is to encourage literacy and broaden the cultural awareness of South Texas through numerous mediums - literature, drama, dance, music, art, and much more - while also recognizing the talented arts and humanities faculty and students at UTPA.

All departments within the College of Arts and Humanities - art, communication, English, history and philosophy, modern languages and literature, and music - will collaborate on the event to give valuable insight into the artistic, creative and educational environment of the University. Other FESTIBA partners include the UTPA Colleges of Education and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Division of External Affairs.

A highlight of FESTIBA on opening day, March 1, will be a reading and discussion session with 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.D. Snodgrass at the Student Union starting at 4 p.m. Snodgrass is considered "the first of his generation to be labeled a confessional poet." He has written more than 20 books of poetry including "Heart's Needle", which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

In addition, FESTIBA will host the Texas Book Festival Author! Author! Program, which features three authors of children and adolescent literature - Lila Guzman, David Rice, and Rene Saldana, a former UTPA assistant professor in English. The three writers will visit local schools and read from their literary works. In addition, they will participate in discussions and readings with UTPA students and the public, March 1, 1:30-4 p.m. at the College of Education. For a list of visiting authors to FESTIBA, visit

FESTIBA will also include a mariachi workshop March 2 for middle and high school mariachi groups with Jose Hernandez of Mariachi Sol de Mexico. The workshop will conclude with a competition March 3 at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium.

Additional FESTIBA events and activities include lectures and presentations by UTPA arts and humanities faculty, a book fair, art exhibits, music and dance concerts, a multimedia light and music show, among other activities.

FESTIBA will conclude with a Community Day, March 3, and offers free exhibits, writing and drama workshops, concerts, movies, historical re-enactments, theatre productions, and much more.

For further information on FESTIBA or to become a sponsor, call the College of Arts and Humanities at 956/381-2175. For a complete FESTIBA schedule, visit