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Ethnic Studies Week is October 1 - 7

October 1 -7 is Ethnic Studies Week, an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to explore the intellectual, political and social contributions of ethnic studies in society. Following is the schedule of events. For more information, contact Victor Rodriguez at 562-985-8560 or

Immigration Forum

Monday, October 4, 4 pm
College of Business Administration (CBA) Room 139A

Dr. Julie Weise (International Studies) will speak about the movement to end birthright citizenship,  Dr. Kris Zentgraf (Sociology) will discuss the need for comprehensive immigration reform.  A representative from FUEL, the AB540 student group, will share their experiences and discuss the DREAM Act.

Sponsored by the Departments of Sociology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Panel and Documentary: Harvest of Loneliness

Tuesday, October 5, 2-4 pm
Anatol Conference Center

Showing of 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 mandated migrations in history. 

Panel dialogue will follow with:

  • Dr. Gilbert Gonzalez, labor and education historian, professor emeritus UC Irvine
  • Dr. Vivian Price, labor films producer and assistant professor, Labor Studies CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Dr. Luis Arroyo, labor historian, professor, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies

There will be a catered reception.  RSVP to  Sponsored by Chicano and Latino Studies, the Office of the President, College of Liberal Arts and  Student Services.

Art Installation

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5 - 6
Upper Campus Quad in front of the KKJZ offices

Art installation by Latino faculty and students that shared stories about the Latino experience at CSULB.

Lecture: The Bracero Program in Global Migration History

Wednesday, October 6, 2-3:15 pm
LA 4, Room 104

Dr. Julie Weise (International Studies) will discuss The Bracero Program in Global Migration History.  She has conducted path breaking research on the history of Mexican Americans, their experience in the south and the role of Mexican Consulates. 

Speaker:  The Hon. Alfredo Gutierrez

Wednesday, October 6, 4-6 pm
University Student Union, Alamitos Bay Room

A former state senator and leader of the immigration reform movement in Arizona, Alfredo 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. 

Film and Speaker:  Patricia Isasa

Thursday, October 7, 4-6 pm
Anatol Conference Center

Argentine torture survivor Patricia Isasa fought for justice and transparency for 32 years.  Isasa was abducted by the military and police in her native Argentina  when she was 16 years old.  She was tortured and held for over two years at one of the 375 clandestine detention and torture centers.  She was later abducted again 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.  After numerous postponements in the trial date, Isasa was finally able to face her torturers in federal court in September 2009.  All six torturers were found guilty of committing crimes against humanity.

Sponsored by the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, Student Services, Latin American Studies Program, Peace and Social Justice Program, and the Center for Peace and Social Justice. 

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