Mexican-American Studies Summer Seminar to feature music, art and literature

Posted at 10:53 AM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 11:53:43-04

This summer marks the fifth year for Del Mar College’s Mexican-American Studies Program to offer their free two-day Summer Seminar.

Everyone is invited to participate, and those who do can earn Continuing Education Units through the DMC Career and Community Education Department.

Those who attend any of the 10 sessions offered will learn more about Mexican-American Studies, including: art, literature, music, humanities, U.S. history and politics, and the Spanish language.

The Summer Seminar will take place at Del Mar College Center for Economic Studies (3209 S. Staples, across from Ray High School) on Friday, July 20th from 12:30 to 5:00 PM and again on Saturday, July 21st from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Award-winning children’s books author Diana Lopez will give the keynote address on Saturday at 9:00 AM. Her novel, Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family, was inspired by the Oscar-winning Disney/PIXAR Animation Studio feature film, “Coco,” and expands on the main character’s family.

Lopez, a Del Mar College graduate and an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Houston-Victoria, will present, “Mother Goose is not my Abuela: Why Children Need Brown Faces in Their Books." She will draw from her experience as a teacher, writer and reader and will cover diversity in children’s books, especially as it relates to the Mexican-American experience.

Friday activities will include a colorful presentation, “Mira Mayra: Artista y mucho MAS!,” by artist Mayra Zamora. She will highlight her personal and artistic journey into the Corpus Christi art scene.

Folklorico dancer and instructor Teresa Saldivar will perform dances inspired by Coco.

To learn more, call (361) 698-1218 or email

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