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Dr. Manuel F. Medrano holds a doctorate degree from the University of Houston and is currently a professor in the History Department at the University of Texas at Brownsville, specializing in Mexican American history and culture. He has authored three published historical/cultural poetry books about the border including Imagines and In the Shadow of My Soul and co-authored a history book with Dr. Milo Kearney entitled Medieval Culture and the Mexican American Borderlands and another book with Dr. Anthony Knopp and Ms. Priscilla Rodriguez entitled Charro Days in Brownsville. Since 1993 he has produced and directed, in conjunction with the UTB Media Services, twenty one oral history profiles of people and events in the Rio Grande Valley. He is currently the Houston Endowed Chair for Civic Engagement at the University of Texas at Brownsville and a recipient of The University of Texas Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.

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