CSU, Chico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 09-15-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

California State University, Chico is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a broad array of arts and lectures starting Monday, Sept. 15, and continuing through Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Events include the showing of a documentary on the lives of former Mexican guest workers, or braceros, and a discussion about the past and present struggles in the relationship between Cuba and the United States. Prior to the showing of the documentary Sept. 17, CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg is scheduled to speak about the importance of serving the needs of Hispanic students.

National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. The celebration is timed to begin each year on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this 30-day period.

Hispanic Heritage Month activities are sponsored by the Chicano Latino Council, the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. A poster listing events can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/diversity/documents/hispanic-heritage-f14.pdf.

Below is a listing of Hispanic Heritage Month events:

There will be an exhibition of artifacts, photographs and newspapers headlines/articles mounted in Kendall Hall for the entire month.

Aug. 25–Sept. 19: Pablo Cristi paintings at the University Art Gallery

Sept. 13: Chico World Music Festival will feature Los Caballitos de la Cancion

Sept. 16: “Homing Instincts”: Afro-Cuban Poetry
Join us for a bilingual poetry reading and Q&A with world-famous Afro-Cuban writer Nancy Morejón. According to Alice Walker, “Morejon’s poems remind us that all worlds are complex, complicated, dense. Sometimes it is only the poet’s breath that holds together the disparities, some of them achingly diverse.”
4:30­–6 p.m., Bell Memorial Union (BMU), Room 210. Reception to follow in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, Meriam Library, Room 172.

Sept. 17: Documentary: “The Second Crossing: Viewing Elderly Braceros From the Past Through the Present”
Film and discussion facilitated by Paul López, Ph.D., Professor of Chicano Studies and Sociology, Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, Department of Sociology
Little exists on former Mexican guest workers (or braceros) now as elderly former guest workers. This presentation examines their lives today, as well as their prior experiences as immigrant (guest) workers. Research after the end of the bracero program resulted in analyses that examined former braceros as part of the larger migration of Mexicans.
3:30–6:30 p.m., Colusa 100A

Sept. 18: Bienvenida
3:30 p.m., Colusa Hall

Sept. 24: Documentary: “Harvest of Shame: Putting the Migrant Experience in Historical Context”
Film and discussion facilitated by Susan M. Green, PhD, Professor of Chicano Studies and History, Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, Department of History
Broadcast on Thanksgiving 1960, “Harvest of Shame” was Edward R. Murrow’s last documentary for CBS. It documented the migrant experience in the United States and helped change attitudes and policies on migrant work.
3–5 p.m., Colusa 100A

Sept. 30: “Cuba in the U.S.: Intimate Struggles”
Discussion facilitated Sara E. Cooper, Ph.D., Department of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Join the scholar, translator and founder of Cubanabooks Press for a discussion about current and historical struggles between Cuba and the United States, the struggles in contemporary Cuban culture, and the struggles inherent in translating and publishing Cuban writers for an American audience – including the Cuban-American community.
3–6 p.m., BMU 210

Oct. 1: Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion: “Moving Beyond Stereotypes: Profiles of Latina Achievement”
Facilitated by Teresita Curiel, Admissions and Outreach
Noon–12:50 p.m., BMU 210

Oct. 2: Film and Discussion: “Mariachi High”
3–5 p.m., Selvester’s Cafe by the Creek

Oct. 3: LEAD Conference: Dreaming Without Boundaries
9 a.m.–3 p.m., BMU Auditorium

Oct. 7: Who has the storytelling RIGHTS to the story being told about you?
Film and discussion facilitated Arthur R. Sanchez, Ph.D., Department of Psychology
3–6 p.m., BMU 210

Oct. 15: “Food and Culture: A Celebration of Family”
Film and discussion facilitated Antonio Arreguin-Bermudez, Ph.D., Department of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures  
3–6 p.m., Colusa 100A

If you require an accommodation in order to participate in one of these events or have questions about accessibility, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959 seven days prior to the event date.

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