Latino Heritage Month 2008
Voices of Our People • Voces de Nuestra Gente

Highlights at Foothill College

Monday, May 5
Latino Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony will showcase music, food and a live Balet Folkrorico Dance performance from Grupo Folklorico Valencia de San Jose. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Tuesday, May 6
Lecture Series I: Aya de León–The Reclaiming of Hip-Hop
Aya de León, who teaches poetry and spoken word at the University of California, Berkeley, is a talented Black Puerto Rican writer, performer, hip-hop theater artist, poetic activist and community healer. With a potent pen and gift of outspoken word, she has used the mediums of poetry, stage performance and recording to challenge the status quo. Her talents have led her from teaching poetry at Stanford University to performing on HBO Def Poetry Jam in 2004, alongside artists Mos Def, KRS ONE, The Roots, Saul Williams and De La Soul.
Time: 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission


Wednesday, May 7
Club Day
Join, start or restart a Foothill Club. Latino Heritage Club and Latinos Unidos Caminando Hacia Adelante (LUCHA) are examples of Foothill’s 40 active clubs. Co-sponsored by the Associated Students of Foothill College (ASFC) Organizations Board of Directors (OBD). Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, May 8
Voto Latino! Voice Your Vote Event
The upcoming national election is historic, and we need to start preparing now to ensure that our voices are heard. Your vote will make history, so be sure you stop by this event and register to vote. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free admission

Monday, May 12
Voices of Our People Panel Presentation
The Latino immigrant experience is filled with stories of love, hardship and hope. The panel will include discuss the highly divisive issue that immigration has become. Guest speakers will give voice to the current movement that is being labeled by the media and right-wing politicians, as one that is fighting for “immigrant rights”. The goal of this discussion is to break down stereotypes and labels, and focus on the movement’s goal of fighting for human rights. Panelists include Dr. Ann Aurelia López, who holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz; pro-immigrant activist Jose Sandoval; and Foothill College student and community leader F. Yoly Jimenez.

Dr. López recently completed a President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UC Berkeley. She has a long history of teaching environmental science, ecology and botany courses at San Jose City College. For years, Mr. Sandoval has focused on fighting toward equality for all. He has been recognized for his hard work trying to obtain driver licenses for immigrants as well as developing support for passage of the Dream Act. His effort in raising awareness of the issues the Latino community faces has united the community and gathered them to march. Ms. Jimenez is president of Latinos Unidos Caminando Hacia Adelante (LUCHA) and the Foothill College Latino Heritage Club. These activists are the people giving a face and a voice to the revolution of our time.
Time: Noon–2 p.m
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Tuesday, May 13
Lecture Series II: Jesus “Chuy” Negrete–500 Years of Mexican & Mexican-American History through Song
Dr. Jesus “Chuy” Negrete is a nationally recognized entertainer and scholar. Using a harmonica and guitar, he relates the poetry and oral history of Mexican and Mexican-American history from the time of Columbus to the present day with an emphasis on the story of immigrants, and their struggles to cross over, adapt and be accepted in the American way of life. Called “the Chicano Woody Guthrie” by historian and radio host Studs Terkel, Negrete is the founder and director of the Mexican Cultural Institute. He has lectured, performed and taught at numerous universities across the nation.
Time: 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Toyon Room
Free Admission

Wednesday, May 14
Dancing with the Staff
We’re ready to rumba, samba and salsa dance. Join Foothill students, faculty and staff for an hour of exciting dance competition during this Latino Heritage Month event.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, May 15
Film Series I: Cocalero
Recently, the United States has directed its war on drugs against Bolivian coca-growing regions, and the Bolivian government has attempted to eradicate coca crops, devastating the livelihood of Indigenous people who cultivate it. In response, the farmers formed a powerful union. Their leader is the Aymara Indian Evo Morales, and in 2005, this unwavering, unpretentious socialist made a historic bid for the presidency. A lively story about geopolitics, people’s movements, Indigenous culture, and one man’s impressive determination, Cocalero follows Evo’s campaign, getting up close and personal with the candidate and the union organization backing him, while presenting critical views of both. What makes Morales so fascinating is how unlikely a candidate he is. Stay for a student-lead discussion after the film. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Intramural Recreation Room
Free Admission

Monday, May 19
Film Series II: 638 Ways to Kill Castro
This shockingly objective documentary tells how the CIA and Cuban exiles have made 638 attempts on the life of Fidel Castro. Archival footage and interviews with would-be assassins reveal the incredible cloak-and-dagger plots, from employing mafia heavies, to noxious gas and exploding cigars, and the bizarre lengths the United States has gone to trying to end communism in Cuba, including how John F. Kennedy asked Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, for advice on ending the Castro regime. But perhaps most controversial are the clips of Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen welcoming just about anyone interested in assassinating Castro. This documentary, by Britain's Dollan Cannell, was initially screened in Cuba, only to be later banned for showing the revolutionary government in a bad light. Find out what the CIA has been up to on behalf of the American people. Stay for a student-lead discussion after the film. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Tuesday, May 20
Earth Day
Explore a healthier planet and a healthier you. Learn about the work of local environmental groups and how you can participate in protecting our environment. Foothill’s Health Services Office will present information about your personal health. Talk to nutritionists, find out where you can dispose of old electronics, learn about local hiking trails and more. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Middle College Program and Health Services Office.
Time: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Wednesday, May 21
“Buenas!” Loteria!
Play Loteria, a traditional game in Mexican culture that is similar to America’s Bingo, but rather than using numbers it uses pictures. The pictures depict everyday Mexican life and culture, and these images have become icons of many aspects of traditional Mexican folklore. Cash prizes for the winner! Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Cesar Chavez Plaza
Free Admission

Thursday, May 22
International Night
Foothill presents its 7th Annual International Evening of Excellence, which features a multicultural feast, international fashion show and cultural performances by Foothill students and personnel. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College International Students Program.
Time: 6–7:30 p.m., Multicultural banquet in the Campus Center Dining Room; 7:30–9:30 p.m., Cultural performances in the Smithwick Theatre
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Tickets $8, in advance; $10, at the door; $6, groups of six or more; $5, groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7105 or e-mail LargentAllison@foothill.edu.

Tuesday, May 27
Film Series III: ¡Salud!
A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, ¡Salud! looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls “one of the world’s best health systems.” From the shores of Africa to the Americas, ¡Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba—now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the United States. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make health care everyone’s birthright. Free refreshments.
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Wednesday, May 28
Closing Ceremony–Suicide Kings Hard-Hitting Spoken Word & Barbecue
Born in the lyrical brawls of the world of poetry slams, The Suicide Kings are the spoken-word duo powerhouse of Jamie DeWolf and Rupert Estanislao. Collectively, they are known for their explosive live performances that combine gritty punk rock theatrics, a cappella hip-hop and Vaudeville comedy. They are renown for their dedication to their craft and breathtaking live shows that redefine spoken word, comedy and hip-hop theater. Their hard-hitting work has been featured on two seasons of Russell Simmon’s HBO Def Poetry Jam, UPN, 60 Minutes, and radio stations from the Midwest to the Philippines. Co-sponsored by the Associated Students of Foothill College (ASFC) Activities Board. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Cesar Chavez Plaza
Free Admission

Thursday, May 29
Lecture Series III: Meet the Artist Reception
Maria Sanchez began painting 19 years ago. Her creations are expressionistic images that convey stories of her Latina heritage intermixed with food, language and ritual. Her paintings are heavily textured, vibrant and crudely rendered, capturing the whimsical nature of folk art influences. Her works are filled with bright vivid colors that capture her style, which is inviting and unintimidating. Her work is shown locally, nationally and internationally. She resides in Foster City with her husband and three children. She is also the founder and editor of ArtByLatinaArtists.com, a Web site that supports and promotes Latina artists.
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Library Patio
Free Admission

Friday, May 30
Latino Heritage Month Closing Ceremony
Celebrate the conclusion of a successful month that honors the important cultural traditions of our past and present with music, food and live Mariachi and Balet Folkrorico Dance performances. You’re invited to bring your family and friends to this free celebration. Free refreshments.
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

For additional event, driving and parking information, access www.foothill.edu, e-mail DavorenTricia@foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7282.





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