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¡Viva México! A Comic Book History of Mexico
More widely read in Mexico than any other form of cheap print, comics provide a window into the archetypes, stories, and cultural scripts that influenced generations of readers, rich and poor. A new exhibit, ¡Viva México! A Comic Book History of Mexico opening March 16 in Special Collections, explores the spectacular rise of comic books in twentieth-century Mexico and how the government and commercial publishers have used comics to promote nationalism.
The Golden Age of the Mexican comic book, known in Spanish as historietas, began in the 1930s with the publication of comic book digests that serialized U.S. strips like Superman, Dick Tracy, and Betty Boop, combining them with strips by Mexican creators. This exhibit celebrates the artistry, invention and diversity of the Golden Age of Mexican comic books. Here, through these humble comics, are the heroes and villains, the triumphs and the tragedies, and the cultural icons that have defined modern Mexico.
The exhibit is free and open to all.
Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom
This exhibit, co-sponsored by the UT Arlington Libraries, UT Arlington History Department, and Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, will feature over 60 photographs from across the state. The exhibit explores issues that deal with African-American—Texas African-Americans in particular—from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era.
Coinciding with this exhibit, Saturday, March 28, the UT Arlington History Department and Center for Greater Southwestern Studies hosted a half-day workshop for the general public and secondary school teachers designed to explore the origins and impact of the Juneteenth celebrations. It featured two speakers, Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi, and Elizabeth Hays-Turner, University of North Texas, both of whom are authorities on the African-American experience. The presentations was followed by a teachers' workshop led by Robert Edison, of the Barack Obama Leadership Academy, Dallas Independent School District.
The exhibit will be on display in Central Library's sixth floor parlor through summer 2015. The exhibit is free and open to all.
In an often overlooked corner of the UT Arlington campus lies a graveyard. Its flat stones are all that remain of a 67-acre complex known as the Berachah Industrial Home for the Redemption of Erring Girls. Now, UT Arlington Libraries is highlighting this piece of local history with an online pilot project of 18 digital images.
In April 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Fort Worth by special train amid great excitement and anticipation. People thronged his public events, which included a parade, speech, and tree planting ceremony at the Carnegie Library. Fort Worth photographer C.L. Swartz captured the day’s celebrations and cheering crowds on film. Now, 110 years later, we can see what he saw.
Swartz’s photos are among hundreds of images held by UT Arlington Libraries that are available online for the first time.
UTA Libraries are committed to helping UTA faculty preserve and share their research with the broader academic community. To help with that effort, the library launched a scholarly communication website to make the UTA community aware of its various resources and initiatives around topics like open access journals, intellectual property, and data management.
Harry Potter. The Kite Runner. Friday Night Lights. All these books and many more have been subject to attempts to remove them from U.S. libraries, earning them a spot on the American Library Association's Banned Book list. To recognize Banned Books Week this September, a group of UTA librarians are asking for donations of banned or challenged books now.
Summer Faculty Development Series
Wednesdays in July at 2 p.m.
Central Library, Room 315
Please RSVP at https://uta.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AFPSuEfBKcbtel.