MOSTHistory Sunday Speaker Series program to be presented in Spanish on March 24, 2013

The Museum of South Texas History welcomes Dr. Edna Ochoa as she presents in Spanish “Jovita Idar: Una Vida por la Educación y el Mejoramiento de los Mexicotejanos” (A Life Dedicated to Education and the Betterment of the Mexican Tejanos). Jovita Idar was an American teacher, journalist, political activist and civil rights worker who strove to advance the civil rights of Mexican-Americans. Ochoa will provide this Spanish language presentation at MOSTHistory on March 24, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Ochoa’s presentation will focus on the journalistic works of Jovita Idar, one of eight children born to Nicasio Idar. Jovita Idar lived on the border between Mexico and the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. She began her career as a teacher but soon resigned after becoming frustrated with inadequate equipment and poor conditions. Instead Jovita Idar joined two of her brothers as writers for La Crónica (The Chronicles).

The newspaper, La Crónica, edited and published by their father, Nicasio Idar, advocated for civil rights and social justice for Mexican-Americans. Jovita Idar wrote articles under a pseudonym, exposing the poor living conditions of Mexican-American workers and in support of the Mexican Revolution which started in 1910. This Sunday Speaker Series presentation by Ochoa will be made in Spanish and is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships.

About Dr. Edna Ochoa

Dr. Edna Ochoa is an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at The University of Texas-Pan American. She received the 2009 College of Arts and Humanities Provost Award for Latin American Studies. Her teaching and research interests include Chicana/o literature, theater, creative writing and Spanish language journalism. She earned a bachelor of journalism from the Escuela “Carlos Septién García” in Mexico City and her Master’s and Ph.D in Spanish from the University of Houston. Ochoa is the author of many books including Jirones de ayer, Sombra para espejos, Respiración de raíces and La cerca circular, among others. Her translations to Spanish include Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez (Arte Público Press 2004) and How the Frog and His Friend Saved Humanity by Víctor Villaseñor (Piñata Books Press 2005). She is also a performer, director and playwright. Her essays have been published in several books and journals.