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Del Mar College Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Events covering variety of issues and their impact

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, communities across the nation observe and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing the diversity, innumerable contributions and influence Hispanics provided to shape this country. In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month this year, Del Mar College’s Mexican-American Studies program and the DMC chapter of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education present the following events:

Monday, September 18, 2017
Del Mar College Observance of Constitution Day and Hispanic Heritage Month with Public Presentations

On Sept. 17, 1787, our country’s fore fathers signed the final draft of the U.S. Constitution, ending the Constitutional Convention. In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act requiring all educational institutions receiving federal funding to observe Constitution Day, which is scheduled Sept. 17 each year. In observance of Constitution Day and Hispanic Heritage Month, Del Mar College’s Political Science Program in the Social Sciences Department and the Mexican-American Studies Program are sponsoring two public presentations. DMC Associate Professor Adrian Clark, Ph.D. will give a lecture titled From the Failure of Comprehensive Immigration Reform to the Great, Great Wall: An Exploration of Shifting Politics and Policy of Immigration in the Obama and Trump Administrations. Additionally, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Professor Dr. Juan Carlos Huerta will immediately follow Dr. Clark’s lecture with Party Change, Political Generations & Implications for Mexican Americans in Texas.

  • Monday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m., Room 100, Venters Business Building, Del Mar College, East Campus, Ayers Street, free and open to the public.
  • For more information, call the DMC Social Sciences Department at 698-1228.

Thursday, September 28
"Ten Dollars to Hate: the 1920s KKK and the forgotten Texas hero who fought back"

A timely and provocative lecture that puts perspective into today’s news events as guest author Patricia Bernstein reviews her book that tells the story of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s—by far the most “successful” incarnation since its inception in the ashes of the Civil War— and Dan Moody, the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail Klan members. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Tejano Civil Rights Museum and Del Mar College.

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m., Wolfe Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center Music Building, Del Mar College, East Campus, Ayers and Kosar, free and open to the public.
  • For more information, call 361-425-5661.

Thursday, October 5
Historians at Work: An Evening with Del Mar College Faculty Mark Robbins and Derek Oden

Join Del Mar College Associate Professors of History Dr. Derek Oden and Dr. Mark Robbins for an engaging evening of discussion about authoring historical works now fresh off the press. Dr. Oden’s book, Harvest of Hazards, examines the problem of farm safety, especially in the midwestern “Corn Belt” where farmers accustomed to traditional modes of agriculture adjusted to the use of new mechanical equipment and chemicals. He also documents the efforts of government and private organizations to raise awareness of farm safety in the years after World War II. Dr. Robbins’s book, Middle Class Union, looks at how the idea of a “middle class” emerged in American cities in the early Twentieth Century and revolved around new patterns of consumption. He shows how people who were neither business owners nor laborers found ways to organize to protect their right to affordable food, clothing, shelter and other consumer goods. Both books are important new works of American history, and both authors will explain what they’ve discovered, how they conducted their research and what it’s like to practice as professional historians. This event is sponsored by the College’s Social Sciences Department and the Mexican-American Studies Program.

  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Room 514, White Library, Del Mar College, East Campus, Naples off Kosar at Staples Street, free and open to the public.
  • For more information, contact dbarrett2@delmar.edu or visit delmar.edu/socsci.

Wednesday, October 11
South Texas Life: A Genealogy Display and Lecture by Del Mar College Professor Renato Ramirez

Del Mar College Professor and Social Sciences Department Chair Renato Ramirez will discuss his extensive personal collection of South Texas memorabilia. His display features Dr. Cleotilde P. Garcia’s “Captain Blas Maria De La Garza Falcon-Colonizer of South Texas,” “Padre Jose Nicolas Balli and Padre Island” and her 1979 Application for Historical Marker, “Padre Island and Padre Jose Nicolas Balli.” Additionally, the display features “Genealogy Reports-Children of Solomon Valerio Reyes and Guadalupe Balli Castillo” (Ramirez’ maternal grandparents) and their relationship to “Marcos Alonso Garza Y del Arcon” by Michael Reyes (June 20, 2014 version). Examples of Oil and Gas Leases from the 1930s from Hispanic property owners to representatives of oil and gas companies for drilling and mineral rights along with three or four framed family trees of prominent Hispanic families traced back to the early settlement of the South Texas region and further back to French and Spanish ancestry in Europe, will augment the display. A Q&A session will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Social Sciences Department and the Mexican-American Studies Program.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m., Room 514, White Library, Del Mar College, East Campus, Naples off Kosar at Staples Street, free open to the public.
  • For more information, contact Elizabeth Flores at 698-1218 or eflores@delmar.edu.

Monday, October 2 through October 14
Literary Works by Mexican-American Authors: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Plays

This collection features some of the works examined in English 2351: Mexican-American Literature and other personal favorites of Del Mar College English faculty who teach the course.

  • Monday, Oct. 2-15, First Floor, White Library, Del Mar College, East Campus, Naples off Kosar at Staples Street, free and open to the public.
  • For more information, contact Elizabeth Flores at 698-1218 or eflores@delmar.edu.

Continuing through Friday, December 5
"Mexican-American Perspectives 2017: My casa is your casa" Art Exhibit at Del Mar College

It’s a matter of perspective. Join Del Mar College’s Art Program with the Department of Art and Drama for their fall exhibit, “Mexican-American Perspectives 2017: My casa is your casa.” Opening as part of Hispanic Heritage Month with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, the exhibit features over 30 artworks representing 17 invited local and South Texas artists’ expressions of their Mexican-American heritage and cultural perspectives. Artworks include Joe Pena’s Backyard Reliquary, Ricardo Ruiz’s El Torito de la Copita and Mayra Zamora’s Calavera Talavera. The exhibit continues through Friday, Dec. 5, in the College’s Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery with hours scheduled Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. until noon.

  • Continuing through Friday, Dec. 5, Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Del Mar College, East Campus, Ayers Street, free and open to the public.
  • For more information about the exhibit, call the Art Office at 698-1216.

 

 

 
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