Chicana/o Studies
Calendar of Action and Culture

Fall 2011

2nd Binational Conference on Border Issues
2a Conferencia Binacional sobre Asuntos Fronterizos

Politics of Violence:
Militarization, Incarceration and Globalization in the U.S./ Mexico Border Area

Políticas de violencia:
Globalización, encarcelamiento y militarización en la frontera USA/ México

San Diego City College
December 1, 2011
9 am - 3 pm, Room/Salón D 121A

See the Conference Program: Binational Conference

The speaker cancelled the presentation
Wednesday, September 21
Bonnie Dumanis, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis on Constitutional Rights
9:40 – 10:50 am Saville
Clun BEAT is organizing a protest of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis who is coming to speak during Constitution Week in order to gain support for her mayoral race--remember she was to a large degree responsible for the murder of Diana Gonzalez last October due to malfeasance in her office.

Monday, September 26
Kiki Ochoa, Association of Raza Educators
“Human Rights: The Struggle for a Better World”
9:40 – 10:50 am Saville

Tuesday, September 27
Maquilapolis: City of Factories
9:40 – 10:50 am Saville

Tuesday, September 27

Maintaining a commitment to diversity at a time of education budget cuts
Room D 121A/B
San Diego City College

Wednesday, September 28
La Mama—Mother Antonia’s Life in Prison
11:15 – 12:30 pm Saville

Thursday, September 29
Movie The Longoria Affair with filmmaker John Valadez
12:45 – 2:10 pm D 121 a/b

Monday, October 3
Movie: Viva Mexico9:35 am- 11:00 am Room A 213, SD City College
In a journey from the mountains of southeastern Mexico to the northern border with the United States, Subcommander Marcos and the people of Mexico trace the forgotten face of a country. A celebration of the struggle for land and dignity

Monday, October 3
San Diego Book Fair
D121A/B (Faculty Lounge)
11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
Two readings and book signings with Benson Deng, co-author of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan

Tuesday, October 4
San Diego Book Fair
D121A/B (Faculty Lounge)
11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Reading and book signing with Judy Patacsil and Felix Tuyay, co-authors of Images of America: Filipinos in San Diego

Tuesday, October 4
Movie: Viva Mexico
World Beat Center, 7 pm
In a journey from the mountains of southeastern Mexico to the northern border with the United States, Subcommander Marcos and the people of Mexico trace the forgotten face of a country. A celebration of the struggle for land and dignity

Thursday, October 6--Canceled
San Diego Book Fair
D121A/B (Faculty Lounge)
11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"Picture Postcards" as a Source of Historical Evidence, lecture on historical postcards from the Mexican Revolution of 1910 with Paul Vanderwood, author of Satan’s Playground: Mobster and Movie Stars at America’s Greatest Gaming Resort and Juan Soldado

Thursday, October 6
San Diego Book Fair
D121A/B (Faculty Lounge)12:45 - 2:10 p.m.
Chicano Poetics: the Enduring Experience & Perspective, panel discussion with acclaimed poet Leroy Quintana and upcoming poets Angel Sandoval and Manuel Paul López

Friday, October 7
San Diego Book Fair
Saville Theatre
6 - 7 p.m.
Panel discussion with Justin Akers Chacón, Victor Clark and Jill Holslin, contributors to Wounded Border/Frontera Herida: Readings on the Tijuana /San Diego Region and Beyond, an anthology published by City Works Press and edited by City College professors Enríque Dávalos and Justin Akers Chacón
7 - 8 p.m.
Concert by the Bill Caballero Bi-National Mambo Orchestra

Saturday, October 8
San Diego Book Fair-Saville Theatre
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Marjorie Cohn, editor of The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse
Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego; immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Her fourth book, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse, was published in January by NYU Press.

Saturday, October 8
San Diego Book Fair-Saville Theatre
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Cris Mazza, author of Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls
Cris Mazza is the author of 14 books, including novels, short fiction and a memoir. Her works include the critically notable Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? and psychological novels of place, Girl Beside Him and Waterbaby. Many of Mazza's books take place in San Diego and the surrounding county, including Homeland, Trickle-Down Timeline, Indigenous: Growing up Californian, and her new novel Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, which looks at prostitute-slave trafficking in Southern California.

Saturday, October 8
San Diego Book Fair-Saville Theatre
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Zohreh Ghahremani, author of Sky of Red Poppies
Zohreh Ghahremani (Zoe) is an Iranian-American whose book, Sky of Red Poppies, was released October 2010. It focuses on an unusual friendship between two young women coming of age in a politically divided 1960's Iran under rule of the Shah. Her first book, The Commiserator, was published in 2000 in her native language, Persian. Over two hundred of her essays and vignettes – both in English and Persian - have appeared in several magazines and bloggers. Gharemani has written three novels, including The Moon Daughter, which is a finalist in San Diego Book Awards.

Saturday, October 8
San Diego Book Fair-Saville Theatre
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Le thi diem thuy, author of The Gangster We Are All Looking For
Lê thi diem thúy was born in Phan Thiet, Southern Vietnam. She and her father left Vietnam by boat in 1978, eventually settling in Southern California. The writer was born in 1972, a year that is remembered in its totality as “the red fiery summer,” a time of fierce attacks from the north that resulted in fires that scorched the countryside. Her novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, captures the family’s experience; first appeared in the Massachusetts Review ; and was reprinted in Harper’s. It was included in Best American Essays `97, (as well the edition of Best American Essays that contains a selection of the “best of the best” from the past 12 volumes).

Saturday, October 8
San Diego Book Fair-Saville Theatre
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of One Amazing Thing
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include women, immigration, the South Asian experience, history, myth, magic, and celebrating diversity. She writes both for adults and children. Her latest work, One Amazing Thing, was published in 2010.
Divakaruni is also the author of Arranged Marriage, which won an American Book Award. Her other works, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into films. In addition, Divakaruni is an acclaimed poet whose collection, Leaving Yuba City, won a Pushcart Prize, an Allen Ginsberg Prize and a Gerbode Foundation award. Her writing has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and been included in over 50 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Russian, and Japanese.
The author was born in India and lived there until 1976, when she left Calcutta and came to the United States. She earned a master’s degree in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Saturday, October 8
San Diego Book Fair-Saville Theatre
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Wanda Coleman, author of Jazz & Twelve O’clock Tales and The World Falls Away and contributor to Mamas and Papas, an anthology published by City Works Press and Austin Straus, author of Intensifications

Saturday, October 8
San Diego Book Fair-Saville Theatre
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Luis Rodriguez, author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. and It Calls You Back: A Writer's Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing

Thursday, October 13, 2:15 pm
Room A 213, San Diego City College
Movie Backyard
(It is about Ciudad Juarez)
Presented by Chicanao Film Club

Saturday, October 15
Action Day vs. Education budget cuts
Time/Place to be announced

Saturday, Oct 15
Film Precious Knowledge
A Chicano Revolucion Education in Arizona
San Diego State University, 4-7 pm
Room Arts & Letters 201

With the film director and a student activist from Tucson
Presented by the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium

Wednesday, October 19
Fall Farm Festival
10:00 – 2:00 City College Farm
Terry Wilson,

Thursday, Oct 27
11 am - 12:45 pm, Room A 213
Coffe with a Justice Aroma
Presentation about fair trade coffee
Fair Trade Coffee Campaign

Thursday, Oct 27
Chicanao Film Club presents:
"South of the Border"
Room A213, 2:15 pm

Monday, October 31
Richard Griswold: Chicano Archives
9:40 – 10:50 am D121 a/b

Wednesday, November 2
Dia de los Muertos
10:00 – 2:30 D 121 a/b

Thursday, November 3
Precious Knowledge: A Revolutionary Education with filmmaker Eren McGinnis
9:40 – 10:50 am Saville

Saturday, November 12
Tijuana Maquiladora Tour
Come to learn about Tijuana maquiladora workers' conditions and struggles!
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Thursday, December 1
2nd Binational Conference on Border Issues
Politics of Violence: Militarization, Incarceration and Globalization in the U.S.-Mexico Border Area
9 am - 3 pm, Room D 121A

San Diego Museum of Man
Kumeyaay: Native Californians-- Permanent exhibition
The Kumeyaay, or Diegueño (as they were later called by the Spanish), are the Native American people of present-day Southern California (San Diego and western Imperial Counties) and Northern Baja. For many generations before the arrival of the Spanish, they occupied the deserts, mountains, and coasts, developing sophisticated means of adapting to the diverse environments.
Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
The huge Maya monuments displayed in the Rotunda Gallery are casts of the originals from Quirigua, a site in Guatemala. The casts were made for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and have been on display since then, except during World War II, when the Navy turned the Museum into a hospital. Today these casts are studied by researchers who are tracing the history of the Maya through their hieroglyphic writing. The Museum’s casts are in better condition than the originals, which have suffered some weathering and erosion in the 95 years since the casts were made.
Free Tuesday: On the third Tuesday every month, FREE ADMISSION is offered to all San Diego County residents and active duty military and their families. Please bring your IDs that show county residence or military status.

Mexican Modern Painting
San Diego Museum of Art
Mexican art from the Andres Blaisan Collection. This is one of the premiere collections of 20th-century Mexican art. Assembled over the last 25 years, the collection normally resides at its permanent home at the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco.  This exhibition features a selection of 80 paintings dated between 1907 and 1962 from this renowned collection as part of a traveling tour of the Blaisten Collection. The exhibited artists include well-known painters María Izquierdo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, and many others. In addition to these important painters, there are several painters with works in the exhibition that might be new to San Diego audiences such as Alfonso Michel, Federico Cantú, and Angel Zárraga.

Heritage of the Americas Museum
The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, California, invites visitors of all ages to experience a journey through time. Five wings divide the building into areas of Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art, and Education. The museum is an educational and cultural center featuring the prehistoric and historic art, culture, and natural history of the Americas. Artifacts and art serve as a documentation of life and civilization throughout the ages. In the words of the Museum's founder, Bernard Lueck, "To be lost and never found is to be nothing." Through the discovery of these antiquities, mankind is educated and inspired. We invite you to venture into our wonderful world of discovery.

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