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Hartnell College Plans Weeklong Celebration of the Cultures and People of Latin America

April 14th, 2006

Hartnell College will present a series of lectures, documentary films and performances April 24-28 to celebrate the cultures and people of Latin America.

The weeklong event, called "Sabores Latinos: Celebrating the Cultures of Latin America," is free and open to the public, according to Molly Lewis, coordinator of Hartnell's International/Intercultural Education Programs.

"Our activities," she said, "will highlight a few of the many contributions that Latin America makes to the world. The week of events is an opportunity for the campus and community to sample the variety and breadth of cultural expression coming out of this dynamic region."

Here's a rundown of some of the events:

Monday, April 24
Film: "The Garifuna Journey," 10 a.m., room 112, Classroom/Administration Building (CAB). A look at how the Garifuna fought to maintain their homeland on St. Vincent in the Caribbean.

Lecture by Laura Trujillo, professor/researcher in agroecology, the Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico, 11 a.m., Steinbeck Hall, College Center.

Dance demonstration of Latin rhythms by Pinky Suarez, noon, College Commons, College Center.

Tuesday, April 25
Film: "Popul Vuh," 9:30, College Commons, College Center. This much-h onored animated film employs imagery from ancient Maya ceramics to create a riveting depiction of the Popul Vuh, the Maya creation myth.

Keynote Address "Living Internationally" by Refugio Rochin, professor emeritus, Chicanano Studies and Agricultural and Managerial Economics, University of California, Davis, 11:30 a.m., Steinbeck Hall, College Center.

Wednesday, April 26
Film: "Ramiro Garcia in Peru," 10 a.m., room 116, College Center. Part of a series that tells the story of six youth leaders from around the world who have overcome difficult personal situations to take control of their lives and help others.

Workshop on "Popular Theater in Los Angeles" by Alma Martinez, assistant professor of theater arts, University of California, Santa Cruz, noon, Steinbeck Hall, College Center.

Thursday, April 27
Film: "Discovering Dominga," 9:30 a.m., room 116, College Center. The dramatic story of a survivor of one of the most horrific massacres in Guatemalan history committed in 1982.

Lecture on "Border Literature" by Agustin Palacios, ethnic studies instructor, Hartnell College, 11 a.m., Steinbeck Hall, College Center.

Panel on "Peace Corps in Central/South America" by retired Peace Corps volunteers, time?, Steinbeck Hall, College Center.

Friday, April 28
Film: "Geraldo Offline," 10 a.m., room 116, College Center. A Brazilian experiences the harsh reality of the new globalized economy.

For more information, call (831) 755-6829.