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Tuesday, April 28th, 5pm
Tricia Rose will consider the importance of expressive culture in developing challenges to inequality and
why these spaces are in trouble today. She will argue that the mainly invisible impact of the corporate takeover of public displays of
performance spaces and institutions have stifled creative outlets for public creative challenges to discrimination and injustice.
Tricia Rose is currently a professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center
for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.
Wednesday, April 29th, 6pm
FILM SCREENING/MCC THEATER
In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be the final act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven by penance
for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his "Fast for Life," a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the
horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities. Using never-before-seen footage
of Chavez and testimonies from those closest to him, directors
Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez's life, vision, and legacy.
100 min., English, 2014, US.
Thursday, April 30th, 6pm
Who are our teachers? A critical aspect of the undocumented student movement has been to create new spaces of
learning and to broaden people’s ideas about who can be a teacher. From on-campus DACA clinics to Cash for College nights at
high schools, undocumented students are teaching people how to navigate education and immigration policies, often to increase access
to higher education for other unauthorized youth. This talk explores how undocumented students use public pedagogy to change people’s
relationships to learning and education and to challenge the borders of higher education.
Dr. Jennifer Nájera is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside.
Wednesday, May 6th, 6pm
FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION/MCC THEATER
Junior is nine years old and has curly hair, or “bad hair.” He wants to straighten his hair for his yearbook picture.
Junior’s obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his mother. She finds it increasingly difficult
to tolerate Junior’s
personality and tries to induce him into ‘macho’ ways, convinced his obsessions are in fact signs of his undefined sexuality.
Pelo Malo is a Venezuelan film that addresses race, intolerance, hair, and sexuality in Latin America.
93 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 2013, Venezuela.