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2013 Latino Heritage Month

2013 Latino Heritage Month Celebration

Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration will feature two very special art exhibits in the Reynolds Gallery. Several films, a performance of Ballet Folklorico and "Los Tres Musicos" and other special events will fill out the month

"Escape from Fantasylandia: An Illegal Alien's Survival Guide" is an exhibit of the work of Enrique Chagoya, whose art integrates diverse elements from pre-Columbian mythology, western religious iconography and American popular culture. The exhibition runs August 27-September 20, with an artist talk from 6-7 p.m. on September 13, followed by a reception in the Reynolds Art Gallery.

Looking Back at the Bracero Program 

Bracero in the Field from the Smithsonian exhibit

The second exhibit, and the cornerstone event for this year's celebration is an exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washinton D.C., "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964." This moving new bilingual exhibition examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican American history and historical background to today's debates on guest worker programs. Consisting of 15 freestanding, illustrated banners, the exhibition combines recent scholarship, powerful photographs from the Smithsonian's collection, and audio excerpts from oral histories contributed by former contract workers. The exhibit runds from September 24-October 25 in Reynolds Gallery. On September 27, there will be a reception honoring surviving braceros from the local community, which will include a bilingual faculty lecture on the history of the bracero program.

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