The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is a longstanding agreement between the United States and Mexico that is still in effect today.

Dr. Maritza De La Trinidad will discuss the history and significance of this treaty during the first Scholars for Life lecture and presentation scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6-8 p.m. at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.

Dr. De La Trinidad will talk about how the Treaty came about and the importance the accord played in how Texas and other southwestern states became part of the United States. She will also discuss how the agreement guaranteed citizenship, property, and cultural rights for those Mexicans who remained on the U.S. side of the border and how the treaty is still referred to today particularly in many court cases involving property rights, and citizenship rights for Mexicans and Native Americans in the border region.

De La Trinidad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and affiliate faculty in Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Arizona and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses specializing in U.S., Mexican American, and U.S. - Mexican Border history. Her area of expertise includes Mexican American education in the Southwest, including policies, practices, and programs affecting educational equity, the history of bilingual education, desegregation cases and educational activism. Other research interests include Mexican American/Chicana activism, educational, civil and labor activism, and U.S. - Mexico relations and border issues.

The Library’s Scholars For Life Series encourages library partnerships with local educational institutions by providing access to lifelong learning through lectures and presentations that enhance lives and the Rio Grande Valley community.

These monthly lectures and presentations will be held from February through May, free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call (956) 383-6246 or visit http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/.