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DMC Wrapping-up Hispanic Heritage Month Observances with Evening Lecture, “Forging Race and Gender Power in Houston,” on Oct. 26

Houston Community College’s Dr. Samantha Rodriguez to speak on Tejanas/Tejanos championing racial and gender liberation in fight for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston

Article by DMC College Relations Office

Samantha Rodriguez_Houston Community College History and Humanities Professor

She’s credited with co-authoring the award-winning book, Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas, and served as a research assistant, oral historian and interview processor for the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). On Thursday, Oct. 26, Dr. Samantha Rodriguez, History and Humanities Professor with Houston Community College, will give an evening lecture titled “Forging Race and Gender Power in Houston” as the final event scheduled for Del Mar College’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Wolfe Recital Hall located in the Fine Arts Center Music Building on the Heritage Campus at 101 Baldwin Blvd. (78404). Get online directions and campus map. The public is invited to attend. This event is sponsored by the Social Sciences Department’s History Program, the College’s Mexican American Studies Program and the DMC Cultural Programs Series.

For more information, contact Dr. Dawson Barrett, DMC Associate Professor of History/History Program Coordinator, at 361-698-1630 or dbarrett2@delmar.edu.

Civil Rights in Black and Brown_book cover

Did you know that Tejanas and Tejanos championed both racial and gender liberation in their fight for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston? This struggle for self-determined educational spaces was not only rooted in their experiences in the Juan Crow and Jim Crow South but also connected to the African American student movement for ethnic studies.

Dr. Rodriguez will cover these issues during her lecture.

Among Dr. Rodriguez’s credits, she was a Fellow for the 2022 NEH Summer Institute, “Towards a People’s History of Landscape­–Part 1: Black and Indigenous Histories of the Nation’s Capital,” as well as a Fellow for the 2023 Mellon Foundation Ethnic Studies Educators’ Academy. Currently, she is working on a monograph that leverages oral histories to examine the ways Tejanas in Austin, Houston and San Antonio balanced a commitment to gender liberation and ethnic self-determination within the broader nexus of the Chicana/Chicano Movement, the Black Power Movement and the mainstream Anglo Feminist Movement.

Additionally, her research has been featured in The University of Texas Press anthologies ¡Chicana Movidas!: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movimiento Era !(2018) and Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas (2021).

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