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Sunday Speaker Series: Jewish History of the Rio Grande Valley

December 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A special documentary screening of “Remember My Soul” will take place at the Museum of South Texas History. Jillian Glantz, the director of the documentary and recipient of the Engaged Scholar Award for Creative Works, will host a Q & A after the screening.

“Remember My Soul” unearths the history of Sephardic Jews in South Texas and explores how their contributions to regional customs and culture have shaped the identity of people in the borderlands. Over the summer, “Remember My Soul” was requested by the Library of Congress to add to its collection on crypto-Judaic studies. The film screened at the San Antonio Film Festival in August 2019 and later this month at the CineSol Film Festival on South Padre Island.

Glantz is a senior at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley studying political science, criminal justice and Mexican American studies. She grew up in Dallas before spending several years in Austin directing short films and working on projects with talent such as Richard Linklater and Al Pacino. After a stint teaching English in Beijing, Glantz came back to the U.S. and, eventually, made her way down to the Valley to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Currently, she lives in Houston, Texas.

Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship and must present their FRIENDship card at the Admissions Desk.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.


December 1, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm