The Border Studies Archive at The University of Texas-Pan American Library celebrates its public opening April 13 with a presentation by award-winning author Martha Menchaca on immigration and citizenship in the borderlands followed by a reception.
Menchaca will give her speech, "Immigration and Citizenship in the Borderlands: the Importance of Archives" at 12:45 p.m. in the UTPA Library Auditorium. She is an anthropology professor at UT Austin and wrote Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans.
The talk is sponsored by the University Library as part of National Library Week and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) as part of the CSBS Sixth Annual Research Conference.
A light reception will follow from 2-3 p.m. in room 319 on the library's third floor.
Guests can explore, via computer stations, the fascinating audio and visual materials from the six collections in the Border Studies Archive: border music, border wall and border security, Latinas and politics, Spanish land grants, traditional Mexican American folklore and visual border studies. Visitors can view selections from the collection's 2,672 photographs in a projected slide show and watch selections from more than 150 hours of video.
Also featured is the exhibit "Success: Rio Grande Valley Veterans," a multimedia project by Ashley and Rey Leal highlighting the lives of seven local veterans and their conceptions of success following military service. The veterans' service times and arenas range from three to 32 years and from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan.
For more information, visit www.utpa.edu/borderarchive, go to "Border Studies Archive at UTPA" on Facebook, follow the Border Studies Archive on Twitter @borderarchive, or contact the Border Studies Archive by phone at (956) 665-2909.