• Signe Hammer
    Only Connect: Ancient Mexico and its North American Heirs
    By Signe Hammer

    How are the legendary civilizations of ancient Mexico connected to their North American descendants? Join PEN on Tuesday, Feb 18, at 6:30 PM in the second-floor auditorium of the Bellas Artes to hear Texas writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker John Philip Santos discuss this profound question in “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Searching for Our Connections to Ancient Mexico”

    “The last fifty years,” Santos says, “have been a golden age in Mexican archaeology.” Excavations at Mayan, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Chichimeca and Aztec sites “have immeasurably advanced our understanding of ancient Mexico. Other developments have provided a kind of ‘Rosetta Stone’ of the mythic imagination shared by many of the indigenous peoples of pre-contact Mexico.”

    Santos will “explore how these discoveries, and the work of scholars, archaeologists and creatives in Mexico and the United States, help us to illuminate the profound connections between ancient Mexico and the Mexican(x) now—and what these connections may reveal about our future.”

    Santos’s two memoirs, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (a National Book Award finalist) and The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, tell the ancestral stories of his family, an American origin story involving Spain, Mexico, and the lands that became South Texas. His book of poems is Songs Older Than Any Known Singer.

    An Emmy-nominated television producer, Santos has produced more than 40 documentaries and news programs for CBS and PBS. His journalism and commentary have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Manchester Guardian and Texas Monthly. 

    Santos, the first Latino Rhodes Scholar, holds degrees from Oxford University and Notre Dame. He is currently University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in the Honors College at the University of Texas San Antonio. In 2017 he was awarded the Texas Medal for the Arts in Literature.

    San Miguel PEN is a chapter of PEN International, the organization of writers that fights for freedom of expression around the world. The 150-peso admission helps fund local activities and includes a free glass of wine with dinner afterwards at Vivali’s, across the street at Hernandez Macias 66. Tickets at Ticket Central in the Biblioteca or at the door. For more information, visit sanmiguelpen.com.

    San Miguel PEN 2020 Winter Lecture
    John Phillip Santos
    “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Searching for Our Connections to Ancient Mexico”
    Tue, Feb 18, 6:30pm
    In English with Spanish Supertitles
    Bellas Artes Second Floor Auditorium
    Hernandez Macias 75

    150 pesos / People under 25 & Migrants Free

  • Reminder Bunny
    Reminder: This is happening Tuesday February 18.
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