Friday, March 25, 2022
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By News and Internal Communications

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – Eduardo Chavez, director, speaker, podcast host and grandson of legendary civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, will be on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus on Tuesday, March 29, as part of the university’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

“Hailing César,” a documentary directed by and featuring Chavez, will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Plains Capital El Gran Salón on the Brownsville Campus.

There will be a question and answer session with Chavez after the documentary.

The younger Chavez, who was born in 1991, did not know his famous grandfather, who visited the Rio Grande Valley frequently for rallies and marches with the UFW in San Juan before his death in 1993. The film captures Eduardo Chavez’s journey to connect with his grandfather’s legacy, and addresses themes of labor rights, Latino empowerment, activism and social justice. 

Chavez is speaking as part of National Farmworkers Awareness Week and Cesar Chavez Day, traveling to universities across the country to show his film and share his grandfather’s enduring legacy.

Chavez’s visit to UTRGV is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series coordinated by the UTRGV Office of Student Activities.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about the documentary, please visit

Distinguished Speaker Series poster


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.