Voces Short Courses match experts with men and women who wish to develop and amplify their own creative voices.
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Event Overview

Voces Short Courses match experts with men and women who wish to develop and amplify their own creative voices.

Speaker Highlights

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez (Ret.) was the commander of coalition ground forces in the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq in 2003-2004. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2006, after a 33-year career. Sanchez is a native of Rio Grande City, Texas, and a graduate of Texas A&M-Kingsville. He collaborated with Donald T. Phillips to write his autobiography,“Wiser in Battle: A Soldier’s Story.”

Donald T. Phillips has written 20 books, including a trilogy on American political leadership (“Lincoln on Leadership”, “The Founding Fathers on Leadership” and “Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership”). He has also co-written several books with notable Americans besides Sanchez: Norman Brinker, Mike Krzyzewski, Phil Mickelson, Rudy Ruettiger, Greg Norman, and Cal Ripken Jr.

Elaine Ayala is a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News and former editorial page editor for the El Paso Times.

O. Ricardo Pimentel is the associate editorial page editor at the San Antonio Express-News. He was formerly a columnist and editorial page editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has also been a managing editor at the Stockton Record and Tucson Citizen, and an executive editor at the San Bernardino County Sun. He was a nationally syndicated columnist at the Arizona Republic.

Arnold Garcia is a former editorial page editor for the Austin American-Statesman.

Karen L. Pavelka is an expert on best methods to protect, preserve and conserve your family, community or institutional materials. Pavelka is a senior lecturer in the University of Texas School of Information and teaches conservation practices.

Carlos Morales is the KRTS, Marfa Public Radio’s station, Morning Edition Host and Reporter. Originally from El Paso, Carlos attended The University of Texas at Austin for both a Bachelors Degree and Masters in Journalism. He is a former staff member of the Voces Oral History Project, creating some of the most poignant and memorable WWII mini-documentaries.

Jesús Salvador Treviño is a writer/director who has directed more than a hundred hours of prime-time television programs, dozens of documentaries and numerous nationally broadcast television programs. He has authored three short story collections – “The Fabulous Sinkhole”; “The Skyscraper That Flew”; and “Return to Arroyo Grande,” for which he won the 2016 American Book Award. His memoir, “Eyewitness: A Filmmaker’s Memoir of the Chicano Movement,” tells the story of the Chicano civil rights movement from a filmmaker’s point of view.

Gabriela Baeza Ventura is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Houston, where is she also Executive Editor at Arte Público Press. She has over fifteen years experience in publishing US Latina/o literature for adults and children. She has translated over 30 works for Arte Público press from English to Spanish and Spanish to English, and has published articles on US Latina/o literature, literature of immigration and women, as well as young adult literature. She is the editor of US Latino Literature Today (Longman Press, 2005) and Selected Poems by Angela De Hoyos (Arte Público Press, 2014) and author of the monograph, La imagen de la mujer en la crónica del “México de Afuera” (In Extenso, 2005).

Valerie A. Martinez is the assistant director of the Voces Oral History Project at UT-Austin. She will begin teaching history at Our Lady of the Lake University in the fall 2017. She is a native of Lubbock, Texas, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Beatriz de la Garza was born in northern Mexico and grew up in South Texas, both places part of the Republic of the Rio  Grande that she writes about. Her writings deal with the history of the area and of its people in both fiction and nonfiction. Her publications are: The Candy Vendor’s Boy and Other Stories and Pillars of Gold and Silver (fiction from Arte Publico Press) and A Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the Borderlands and From the Republic of the Rio Grande: A Personal History of the Place and the People (University of Texas Press), as well as Pan American Woman: The Life and Legacy of Florence Terry Griswold, Founder of Pan American Round Table (PART Austin).

Nora Comstock is the fabulous mastermind who launched the national and international Las Comadres para las Americas, a network of Latinas who support each other personally and professionally. She is second to none in development strong networks of support and taking a kernel of idea of a huge, beautiful, successful operation.

Jim Estrada is the brilliantly successful P.R. professional who wrote, “The ABC’s of Hispanic Cultural Evolution into the U.S.” Jim’s presentation is entitled: “Echate Flores,” in other words — if you don’t toot your own horn…

Adrian (AJ) Johnson will be showing participants how to create an affordable, interesting, and informative photo exhibit. AJ has been a librarian at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin since 2009. He is the head of public services at the Benson, where he coordinates reference services, teaches students research skills and organizes events and exhibitions in order to publicize and display archival treasures and gems of the collection. AJ received a BA in Latin American History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin.


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Joe C. Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Dr., (enter on Red River)
UT Austin Campus
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Early Bird: $150

February 15 to April 30, 2017

Advance: $200

May 1 to July 15, 2017

On Site: $225

July 29 to July 30, 2017


Learn How to Write an Op-Ed

(Limited Capacity - 25 people max)

This all-day workshop is led by writers and you’ll learn how to write an op-ed.

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