- Elva Treviño Hart will speak in the Holly Auditorium on the campus of the UT Health Science Center at noon on Friday, February 24. The program will be telecast live and can be viewed in Harlingen in RAHC 2.120 and in Laredo in AB 1.106.
- She will also speak the previous evening, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Public Library Central Library, 600 Soledad.
- Both events are free and open to the public.
“I am nobody,” she begins. “And my story is the same as a million others… You have seen us if you have driven through south Texas on the way to Mexico. We are there—walking barefoot by the side of the road. During harvest time there are fewer of us—we are with our families in the fields. Some of us grow up and move to cities. We work downtown and speak perfect English. Others of us stay. I don’t know which is better.”
Elva Treviño Hart did not stay. After graduating as valedictorian of her class at Pearsall High School she went on to study theoretical mathematics at UT Austin, and later attended Stanford University, where she earned a master’s degree in computer science/engineering. Her first job in the computer industry was with Control Data Corp, after which she went on to work for 17 years for IBM.
Only after proving “that a Mexican migrant girl could do it all and have it all,” did she turn to writing. “I wanted to take people with me to the migrant camps and the fields so they could see what it is like,” she says.
In 2000, her book, Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, was a winner of the American Book Award and the American Library Association’s Alex Award for books with a special appeal for young adults. It is the One Community/One Book selection for 2012.
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.