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A Celebration Devoted to Farm Workers

April 2nd, 2014

SALINAS, Calif. - Hartnell College proudly presents the Sixth Annual Farm Worker Awareness Week Culminating Event Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Main Stage Theater located at 411 Central Avenue-Building K, Salinas, CA. Admission is FREE to the general public.

The doors will open at 6:00 PM with an art and photo exhibit in the lobby celebrating the contributions of those who work to provide the produce we consume and for which the Salinas Valley is renowned.

The program will start with readings of original writings and the presentation of the documentary 'From the Fields,' produced by Carolyn E. Brown, Assistant Professor, School of Communication, American University. 'From the Fields' tells the story of NBC-11 Broadcast Journalist, Damian Trujillo and his quest to reach for the stars amongst adversity and being the son of farm workers.

The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion titled 'The Hero's Journey,' led by Executive Director of the National Steinbeck Center, Colleen Bailey. Panelists include:

  • Jerry Kay, labor rights activist
  • Alonso Mendoza, CSIT-in-3 student and former migrant student
  • Maria de Leon, Hartnell staff and former farm worker
  • Javier Pureco, Hartnell HEP graduate
  • Maria Luz Reyes, farm worker

    A reception will follow in the Performing Arts patio.

    Hartnell Community College District

    The Hartnell CCD serves over 15,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.