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Get MAS, Go Virtual … Annual DMC Mexican American Studies Summer Seminar Set for July 30

One-day virtual immersion experience covering Mexican American culture through sessions highlighting fine arts, history, literature, politics and much more

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

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It’s a learning experience that immerses you in the Mexican American culture, which not only makes South Texas but also the whole country a richer and enlightening place to live. And, if you’re not familiar with the Del Mar College (DMC) Mexican American Studies (MAS) associate's degree, the College’s annual summer seminar is a great way to get a taste of the subjects the program covers.

Now offered for the eighth time, the DMC Mexican American Studies Summer Seminar is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. The line-up is completely online in video format for 2022,  and interested individuals can view sessions by going to www.delmar.edu/mas.  

Sessions will remain available through August 18. 

Questions? Contact MAS Summer Seminar Coordinator and DMC Spanish language faculty member Javier Morin at 361-698-1585 or jmorin@delmar.edu.  

Each year, the seminar features an individual as the Mike M. Anzaldúa Jr. Keynote Speaker. This year, Dr. Isabel Araiza, Associate Professor of Sociology and Mexican American Studies Coordinator at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will present “The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Desegregation in Public Schools” during this honorary session.

The keynote address is named for the late Professor Emeritus of English who taught with the DMC English and Philosophy Department for over 43 years. Anzaldúa was one of the key faculty to support and develop the MAS degree program at Del Mar College. 

Other presenters include Chicano contemporary artist, educator, muralist and curator Mayra Zamora, who will discuss her early art career and then transition into an in-depth conversation about her colorful murals. Additionally, Folklorico dancer Teresa Saldivar will give an in-depth talk about her costumes and discuss how costumes complement the music and create beauty and art that brings dance to life.

MAS Summer Seminar sessions and activities focus on literature, music, art, the humanities, history, politics and the Spanish language, among other topics. This year’s presentations include those given by Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi representatives, along with encore presentations given as part of 2021 Día De Los Muertos and Hispanic Heritage Month observances as well as last year’s MAS Summer Seminar. 

For more information about the College’s Mexican American Studies degree program, visit www.delmar.edu/mas


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