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Cinco de Mayo at UCR

UC Riverside Celebrates Cinco de Mayo With Week of Events

Films, Fun and Learning part of the Celebration

(May 1, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — May1, 2003— The University of California, Riverside is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a series of events designed to inspire, enlighten and instruct the curious about the origins of the celebration and the richness of Mexican culture in Southern California.

Among the events scheduled for Cinco de Mayo at UC Riverside are the following:

Monday May 5
1. From Noon to 2 p.m. in Terrace Rooms C and D, a Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
The celebration opens with a historical talk by Alfredo Mirandé, Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies and professor of sociology. He will speak about the significance the Battle of Puebla had as a rallying cry for the Mexican people on both sides of the border, and the basis for the Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Students will read their Chicano-inspired poetry. Performing will be the Trio Los Bohemios , the Ballet Folklórico de UCR, and Teatro Quinto Sol. The celebration includes refreshments, food and piñatas.

2. From Noon to 2 p.m. at Watkins Hall, room 2145, the 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Politics of Mexico Lecture. The free, public talk is titled “Picking Up The Pieces: Comparing the Social Impacts of Financial Crisis in Mexico and Argentina.” The speaker is Associate Professor of Political Science Carol Wise of the School of International Relations at USC. She specializes in the political economy of Latin America and her research interests concern regional economic integration, international political economy and the politics of economic reform. The talk is sponsored by the UC Riverside Department of Political Science.

Tuesday May 6
At 2 p.m. in Humanities 1500, Gloria A. Lopez, Director of Educational Talent Search, will lead a geneology workshop titled “Nuestra Historia.” She will present the steps she took in researching her family history and how others can do the same. Lopez will give tips on how to do effective geneology research and will highlight the importance of such work.

Wednedsay May 7
1. From 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Humanities room 1500, Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, associate director for creativity and culture at the Rockefeller Foundation will speak as part of the “Chicana/o Arts & Social Action Spring Speaker Series.” He was one of the first scholars to put into theory the aesthetics of the Chicano movement in his essay on “Rasquachismo.” His career includes work as a professor and linguist, a foundation executive and director, and an influential collector and archivist of Mexican and Chicano art. The Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art houses his personal archive of research materials (1965-1997) on Chicano art and activism in the U.S. He is a recipient of the Joseph Henry Medal for outstanding service to the Smithsonian.

2. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Watkins 1000, Jesus Treviño will present his docu-comedy “In Search of Aztlán,” starring the Chicano comedy trio Culture Clash. The film deals with the origins of the legendary homeland of the Indian/Mexican people who, for centuries, inhabited what later became the Southwestern United States. Is the legend truth or myth? Treviño will lead a discussion after the screening.

Thursday May 8
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chicano Student Programs office at 229 Costo Hall, “Cine en el Centro” will present marathon screenings of Chicano/Latino Videos. Snacks will be provided and anyone is welcome to come and enjoy.

Friday May 9
From 8:00a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Terrace rooms, “Dia Del Niño Conference: Educating our future!” This is a daylong program for local school children from preschool to Grade 5. The conference is sponsored by Chicano Student Programs, the office of Early Academic Outreach and the Movimiento Estudiantíl Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). Lunch will be provided for the children. Some of the conference features include workshops in science awareness and college preparation, storytelling, mask making, face painting, and an insect presentation from the Department of Entomology.

Unless otherwise noted, events are organized and supported by Chicano Student Programs at UC Riverside and the Chicano Educational & Cultural Fund.

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