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National Ethnic Studies Week Recognized on Campus Oct. 4-7

Published: October 1, 2010

CSULB will host a series of events Oct. 4-7 in recognition of National Ethnic Studies Week, a nationally coordinated week of actions from Oct. 1-7 to defend ethnic studies and academic freedom.

The objective of the CSULB events and the nationally coordinated week is to showcase the intellectual, political and social contributions of the various fields of ethnic studies to knowledge and a democratic society.

Kicking off CSULB’s four days of events on Monday, Oct. 4, will be an immigration forum, featuring Julie Weise, CSULB assistant professor of international studies, who will discuss the movement to end birthright citizenship. Kris Zentgraf, a CSULB sociology faculty member, will speak about the need for comprehensive immigration reform, and a representative from FUEL, the AB540 student group, will share his/her experiences and discuss the DREAM Act. The forum will be held in Room 139A of the College of Business Administration (CBA) Building.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, will be a screening of and panel discussion on the documentary “Harvest of Loneliness,” a recent recipient of a Latino International Film Festival Award for its powerful collection of the oral history of “braceros,” one of the largest state managed migrations in history. The screening and discussion will take place from 2-4 p.m. in the Karl Anatol Center.

Mexican workers were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers. The documentary features the men speaking of their experiences and addresses what to expect from a new, temporary, contract-worker program. This is a very important contribution to the current national dialogue about immigration reform.

Following the documentary will be a panel discussion that will include Luis Arroyo, CSULB professor of Chicano and Latino studies. Also participating in the panel dialogue will be Gilbert Gonzalez, a labor and education historian and professor emeritus from UC Irvine, and Vivian Price, a labor films producer and assistant professor of labor studies at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

There will be a catered reception for this event, which is being sponsored by the CSULB Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, Office of the President, College of Liberal Arts and Student Services.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Weise will lecture on “The Bracero Program in Global Migration History.” Weise has done path-breaking research on the history of Mexican Americans, their experience in the south and the role of Mexican Consulates. The lecture will run from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts 4 Building, Room 104.

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Following the lecture will be a presentation from 4-6 p.m. by Alfredo Gutierrez, leader of the immigration reform movement in Arizona, in the Alamitos Bay Room of the University Student Union.

A former state senator and leader of the immigration reform movement in Arizona, Gutierrez has been described as the intellectual leader of the Immigration Reform Movement in Arizona and a champion for Latinos, immigrants and low-income families.

Closing out the four days of activities will be Argentine torture survivor Patricia Isasa, who fought for justice and transparency for 32 years. She will speak and present a film on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 4-6 p.m. in the Anatol Conference Center.

Abducted by the military and police in her native Argentina when she was only 16 years old, Isasa was tortured and held for more than two years at one of the 375 clandestine detention and torture centers set up during the dictatorship. Unlike so many of the disappeared, she survived and was released (1979).

Isasa then compiled complaints to be presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, which was about to visit Argentina. She was again abducted with another 30 men and women. She was released after three days but was one of only four to survive. Due to her exhaustive research her torturers were put in jail. Even after receiving death threats, she continued to work tirelessly and courageously to bring her
perpetrators to justice.

For information on CSULB Ethnic Studies Week events, visit its website.

–Rick Gloady