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Women’s History Month 2018

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WHM 2018 Schedule

Nevertheless, We Persist.

WHM Mission Statement

Our mission is to recognize and celebrate women's contributions and causes by providing space for educational events from a feminist perspective, promoting a commitment to diversity, and aiming to achieve social justice and women's empowerment.

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Friday, March 2

Brew It Up


6-8 PM

Brewing Up Texas: Women in the Industry

The institute continues its Brewing Up Texas exhibit programming by calling on Girls Pint Out to facilitate a discussion with women brewers, brewery owners and beer industry executives. Participants include Mahala Guevara, vice president of operations at Big Bend Brewing Co.; Erica Teague, owner and assistant brewer at Cactus Land Brewing Co.; Caroline Piazza, Craft Brand Development Manager, GLI Distributing; Anna Kilker, owner of Guadalupe Brewing Company; coordinators of the Girls Pint Out events; members of the San Antonio Cerveceros; and curators of the exhibit. Must be 21 and up. Free with UTSA student ID.

Tuesday, March 6


Opening Program and Reception

Ballroom 1, HSU 1.104

Erika Prosper Nirenberg- Keynote Speaker

Come and help the Women's Studies Institute celebrate its fifteenth anniversary of hosting Women's History Month at UTSA.

As the Director of Customer Insights for H-E-B, Erika Prosper Nirenberg leads a team charged with helping guide the development of H-E-B's strategic vision and operational efforts.
Growing up as a migrant in the Rio Grande Valley, Erika now holds a Masters in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, a B.A. in Plan II Liberal Arts, and a second Bachelor's of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the 2018 Chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, having served on its Executive Board for 6 years, and is also a member of the H-E-B Corporate Diversity Council and Health and Literacy Task forces and a former board member of Say Si. Her passion revolves around efforts to help improve quality of life among undeserved populations through female empowerment, arts, education and literacy.

Anel I. Flores - 2018 Women's Advocate of the Year

Anel I. Flores, is the editor of the forthcoming anthology by Korima Press, Jota. She is author of Lambda literary award nominated book Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. Flores was born and raised in South Texas between homes in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. Tejana, lesbiana, writer and artist earned her BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing. Her play, Empanada, has been produced at multiple venues including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, MACLA in San Jose, CA, MECA in Houston, the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, the University of Texas, Trinity University and at national art festivals. Flores' fiction can most recently be found in Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art with UT Press (2016), Jota with Korima Press (2016), Queer Spiritualities, Korima Press (2016), Raspa Magazine: Spring/Summer Issue (2013), Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas with Korima Press (2012), El Mundo Zurdo with Aunt Lute press (2010) in Sinister Wisdom 74 (2008), Rooted: A Queer Women of Color Anthology (2008), iungo Arts Magazine (2007), the Lodestar Quarterly (2005), The Pitkin Literary Review (2004), La Voz de Esperanza (2004 & 2006), Mother Tongues: A Literary Exchange Anthology (2003), Revolution (2002), Scarcely Scholarly (1997), and the University of the Incarnate Word's Literary Anthology, Quirk (1995). Currently she is working on her novel Cortinas de Lluvia, and two children's books.

In addition to her work as a community artist, activist and writer, she worked for 15 years as an educator and administrator in San Antonio's public schools, and also curated and facilitated many creative arts partnerships. Her awards include The Nalac Fund for the Arts, The Accion Women Inspiring Women 20 x 20 Award, the Mentorship and Leadership Initiative Award from the National Performance Network, a nomination for the Lambda Literary Awards, 1st Place in the Cooper-Hewitt Community Design Competition, awarded Valedictorian of the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program, and the Constance Allen Heritage Guild for Lifetime Learning Award. She is an alumni of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Leadership Institute, a Member of Sandra Cisneros' Macondo Writer's Workshop, the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua, the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber. While not working in the arts, Flores uses her creativity and skill to run her boutique Real Estate company A&N Realty and contributes to her community as the Co-Founder and Community Input Director & Treasurer of LezRideSA (a community fitness coalition offering a safe space for queer community exercise), a member of the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Pride Center and a graduate of Leadership San Antonio, Class of 39.

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Wednesday, March 7

6:30-9 pm

Denman SU 2.01.28

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio is a documentary that follows the lives and careers of four south Texas Tejana singers from the 1940s to the 1970s. It offers insight into the struggles and triumphs they faced as women in a male-dominated industry. The director, Jorge Sandoval, followed these women over a number of years and documented their stories as a testament to their strength, talent, and resilience. He will speak following the presentations. Co-sponsored by Department of History.

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Spring Break March 12-16

Monday, March 19


HSU 1.102 (Bexar Room)

 Dr. Kinitra Brooks, Ricardo Romo Endowed Chair

Searching for Sycorax: A Book Launch for Dr. Brooks' Latest Work on Black Women's Horror Literature

Dr. Kinitra Brooks, the Ricardo Romo Endowed Chair, will discuss her new book, Searching for Sycorax: Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror, published by Rutgers University Press. Her book highlights the unique position of black women in the horror genre as both characters and creators. Dr. Kinitra Brooks is the Ricardo Romo Endowed Chair of the Honors College, an Associate Professor of English, and the Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record as well as the Founding Editor of the Black Speculative Digital Archive.

Wednesday, March 21


Travis Room - HSU 2.212

Josie Mendez- Negrete a reading of her book A Life on Hold

For more than twenty years Josie Méndez-Negrete has endured the emotional journey of watching her son Tito struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness. Méndez-Negrete depicts the evolution of the disease from her perspective as a parent and by relating Tito's own narrative, illuminating the inadequacies of the US mental health system and the added burdens of addiction and blame. Through the author, Tito paints a vivid picture of his lived experiences and everyday traumas to show how his life and the lives of his loved ones have been impacted by mental illness.

Thursday, March 22


SAWS Headquarters

"Can We Talk?... About Women and Philanthropy"

Can We Talk? Invites President and CEO of Girls Inc. San Antonio, Lea Rosenauer to speak about women and philanthropic development. For ticket information, please contact

Friday, March 23


Travis room HSU 2.202

Dr. Chelsea Wentworth

Women, Feasting, and Children's Food Security in Urban Vanuatu

Dr. Chelsea Wentworth will examine women's roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children's food insecurity in urban areas of Vanuatu. Vanuatu, a South Pacific Island nation, currently experiencing high rates of childhood malnutrition related to household food insecurity, with the highest incidence of malnutrition in children under five occurring in the urban capital of Port Vila. Drawing on feminist qualitative research methods, Dr. Wentworth demonstrates that one method children employ to cope with food insecurity is by eating at lafet, or special occasions of community feasting. Data presented by her demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives conjoining anthropological, biomedical, and public health to better research and address the challenges presented in the study of food insecurity and feasting in urban Vanuatu. Co-sponsor Department of Anthropology. 

Friday, March 23


MH 2.02.06

Dr. Annette Portillo a reading of her book Sovereign Stories

In Sovereign Stories, Annette Angela Portillo examines Native American women's autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative. She argues that these "sovereign stories" and "blood memories" not only reveal the multilayered histories and identities shared by each author, but demonstrate how their narratives are grounded in ancestral memory and land. These autobiographies recall settler-colonialism, deterritorialization, and genocide as the writers and activist-scholars reclaim their voices across cultural, national, and digital boundaries. Portillo provides close readings of memoirs, life stories, oral histories, blogs, social media sites, and experimental multigenre narratives including those by Delfina Cuero, Ruby Modesto, Leslie Marmon Silko, Pretty-Shield, Zitkala-Sa, and Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins.

Tuesday, March 27

4 PM

MH 3.02.24

Judge Linda Harrison

The Balance of Power: Challenge, Courage, and Change

Judge Linda Harrison, the first African American female appointed to hold a full-time appointment as Municipal Court Judge and Magistrate for San Antonio, will give a lecture on The Balance of Power: Challenge, Courage, and Change. Often times meeting new challenges professionally requires a woman to prepare to face new skills, and obstacles. Women need ideas on how to successfully meet these challenges. African American women and other women need avenues for courage building. How do you handle the change, where does this take you? Hosted by the African American Studies Program.

Wednesday, March 28

5-7 PM

JPL Faculty Center


Women's Professional Advancement and Synergy Academy (WPASA ) Spring mixer on Wednesday, March 28th 5-7pm. The WPASA is dedicated to supporting cross-section of women in higher education in developing their careers. It focuses on building professional talents, enhancing leadership skills, developing a pipeline of university collaborations and partnerships, and creating opportunity for mentor/sponsor relationships.

Thursday, March 29


MH 2.01.10

Stephanie Lumsden

Dispossession and Incarceration: California Indians and the Prison Regime

Lumsden's project seeks to flesh out the relationship between the prison industrial complex and settler colonialism. She is interested in discussing the ways in which settler relationships to land facilitate an economy that depends on the incarceration of millions of people. She is focused on articulating the value of land while centering Native epistemologies of belonging and responsibility. Lumsden also seeks to explore how the dispossession of Native women in particular makes incarceration possible and what this means for abolition politics. 

Thursday, March 29

5:30 7:30 p.m. 

Peter T. Flawn Science Bldg. 3.02.01

Rhonda M. Gonzales, Tara Schwegler, Kelly Nash, Ann Eisenberg, and Amanda Williams will discuss their experiences in higher education highlighting their individual backgrounds and perspectives. The panel aims to cultivate an empowering atmosphere in exploring how the professors navigate the world of collegiate teaching. The event will be hosted by Women in Leadership.