Latinx poets, Great Books, film screening at WTAMU

CANYON – In addition to the ongoing reunion week celebrations, West Texas A&M University will be hosting several different virtual and in-person events over the coming days that will cater to a variety of interests.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Latino poets Alessandra Narvaez Varela and Casandra Lopez will present “Latin poetry and the crises of America” ​​at 6.30pm on Monday, October 11 via Zoom.


The reading and discussion – centered on Latin / a poetic expression today in the face of immigration, culture, family and language crises in the United States – is sponsored by the WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Series.

“As an institution serving Hispanics, these issues affect the day-to-day life of much of the student body at WT,” said Dr Andrew Reynolds, professor of Spanish and associate chair of the English department. , philosophy and modern languages ​​from WT. “With their creative work and through their innovative and powerful voices, Hispanic and non-Hispanic students will gain a better understanding of these local, regional and national issues.”

Varela is a poet and teacher born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Her first book, “Thirty Talks Weird Love,” a verse novel for young adults, will be released on October 12.


Lopez is a Chicano and Native American writer and teacher. She recently published “Brother Bullet,” a book of poetry that draws attention to invisible trauma in communities.

To attend, register at

The Distinguished Lecture Series was created to enhance classroom education by inviting people of national significance to speak to WTAMU students and the community on important issues.

Ledger Series

A book celebrating the quirky characters of a small town will be in the spotlight for the next installment of WT’s Great Books series.

Dr. Pat Tyrer, English teacher Jenny Lind Porter, will discuss “Hands,” one of the tales included in Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio”, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, via Zoom.


“The town of Winesburg itself is never fully realized with each of the characters forced beyond the atypical surface to the hidden truth of their ‘grotesque’, but with a gentle touch of empathy and kindness,” a declared Tyrer. “‘Hands’ is particularly interesting as the main story and characterizes Anderson’s definition of the grotesque that critic Bruce Falconer describes as’ people who have gone through the cracks of life, succumbed to weakness and to doubt, and worse yet, have closed move away from each other.

The discussion series – sponsored by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages ​​- is open to those who have or haven’t read the book, said Dr Daniel Bloom, organizer and associate professor of philosophy.

WT professors and guest speakers lead the monthly discussions.

The series began in 2011 and traditionally takes place in person on the second Tuesday of the month at Burrowing Owl Books, 7406 SW 34th Ave., Suite 2B, in Amarillo. He switched to Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic; a return to in-person meetings is expected to take place in 2021.

To register for the October discussion, email Bloom at [email protected]

Distinguished conference “Beyond economic impact”

A sports management consultant will discuss ways communities can benefit from sports competitions.

Dr. Jennifer Stoll will present “Beyond Economic Impact: How Sporting Events Help Community” at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, October 13 at the Fairly Group Club at Buffalo Stadium. Free entry.


“Dr. Stoll is a rising star in the sports management arena and our department is thrilled to bring him to WT,” said Blake Price, instructor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science. worked side by side with many industry leaders across the country to develop practical solutions to the problems currently encountered at all levels of sport. She understands the impact of sport on all communities, large and small, and presents information in a way that all stakeholders can understand.

Prior to founding her own consulting firm, Stoll Sports Strategies, Stoll served as Executive Director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission, where she attracted, improved and hosted leading sporting events, including the U.S. National Collegiate Cycling Championships. Stoll also worked with the PGA of America and competed in the 2008 Ryder Cup and two PGA Senior Championships.

The Distinguished Lecture Series was created to enhance classroom education by inviting people of national significance to speak to WTAMU students and the community on important issues.

For more information, call Blake Price at (806) 651-3646.

Screening of the Remnant Trust film

As part of the ongoing exhibition of human freedom texts through the Remnant Trust, the WT History Department will host a screening of a film focusing on the struggle for women’s suffrage.

“Iron Jawed Angels” will screen at 6 pm on Thursday, October 14, at Old Main 220. Dr. Jean Stuntz, Regents History Professor, will present the film and moderate the discussion. Admission is free and popcorn and drinks will be available.

The film, made for HBO in 2004, stars Hilary Swank, Angelica Huston, Frances O’Connor and Julia Ormond.

The Remnant Trust’s exhibition “The Theme Is Freedom”, co-sponsored by Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities at WT, will be on display at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Research Center and Cornette Library at WT through ‘to October 28. To reserve a time, contact Warren Stricker at [email protected]

For more information call (806) 651-2426 or email [email protected]

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