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List of Events: Latino Americans: Biographies of Scholars

Schedule Of Events

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EVENTS SCHEDULE

 

September, 2015

September 23, 2015 – 12:15 – 1:15  Location: The Library. Screening of The New Latinos segment from the PBS/NEH Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.   There will be refreshments. . Open to the general public.

September 25, 2015 – 2pm – 3pm - Location: The Library. – Book Club Reading Group.  The book,  How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed.  Library.  Refreshments.  Book provided free, but please call ahead as space is limited.  413-236-2150. or khubbard@berkshirecc.edu

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October, 2015

October 1, 2015 3pm – 5pm – Location: The Library.  There will be a Cuban film screening and ice cream social   Free.   RSVP suggested.  413-236-2150  or khubbard@berkshirecc.edu  

October 7, 2015 from 12:15 – 1:00 Location: The Library.   Did you know BCC’s very own winning soccer team, the Falcons, has an international roster of superb players?  Come and meet BCC’s team members from Central and Latin America, Africa and the US, and hear their soccer stories.      Light Refreshments will be available.

October 9, 2015 – 2pm – 3pm – Location: The Library.  Book Club Reading Group.  The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed.  Library.  Refreshments. 

October 9, 2015 – 6:30pm Location: Paterson Soccer Field, Across from the Main Campus on West Street, Pittsfield, MA.  The BCC Falcons Soccer team play UMASS.  We will be providing wrist bands from the country of origin of our soccer stars for you to wear and cheer them on with.  Hot chocolate will be provided free of charge for students

October 20, 2015.  Cuban Luncheon Sampler:   In celebration of the recently restored diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.  Come and taste a sample of Cuba’s rich flavors through a special menu item at the streamline. We will be screening selections from the NEH/PBS film, Latino Americans:  500 Years of History.

October 23, 2015 – 2pm – 3pm – Location: The Library. Book Club Reading Group.  The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed.  Refreshments. 

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November, 2015

November 6, 2015 - 2pm – 3pm – Location: The Library.  Book Club Reading Group.  The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed.  Library.  Refreshments.

November 9, 2015 - 3:00 – 5:00Location: K111 - Guest Lecturer: Dr. Leyla Rouhi, Williams College.   Screening of the Empire of Dreams segment from the PBS/NEH documentary, from the Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. with a presentation and discussion led by award winning faculty, Dr. Leyla Rouhi from Williams College.   Dr. Rouhi will focus on themes of memory, heritage and the intersection and formation of cultural identities. She will examine the lasting impact of American culture and democracy on the idea of national liberation and identity for Latino writers. Discussion will include themes of memory heritage and the intersection and formation of cultural identities.  Reception followsAPPROVED FOR FORUM CREDIT.  OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

 

December, 2015

December 1, 2015 - 12:15- 1:30 Location: The Library- Screening of the Prejudice and Pride segment from the PBS/NEH documentary, from the Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.  There will be refreshments.  People are welcome to stay for discussion of issues of acceptance and exclusion experienced by Latinos in New England.  Open to the general public  Tentative - FORUM CREDIT

 

February, 2016

February 23, 2016 1:15 – 3:30Location: Bolan Theater - Guest Lecturer: Dr. Mariana Bolivar, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  Screening of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans segment, Peril and Promise followed by a scholar led panel discussion with Dr. Mariana Bolivar from MCLA, State Senator Ben Downing, elected officials, local educators, cultural leaders and students.  Dr. Bolivar will focus on how public education, and in particular, public higher education can address the needs of Berkshire County’s growing Latino community, what cross-cultural pathways can we foster that will benefit all students in Berkshire County, at BCC and at MCLA?  APPROVED FOR FORUM CREDIT.  OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. 

 

April, 2016

April 9, 2016 – ALL DAY - Bus Trip to New York City to visit El Museo del Barrio, walking tour of East Harlem and other sites relevant to Latino History, led by Dr. Mariana Bolivar.  Lunch at the East Harlem Market Place, and extra time to explore mid-town and Rockefeller Center.  While travelling, we will repeat screenings of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans, in particular the segment, Peril and Promise.  Two bus picks in Pittsfield at appx. 6:30 am and Great Barrington 7:00 am.    APPROVED FOR FORUM CREDIT. Only $10.00. Limited seating for non- students.  Made Possible From A Grant From The NEH/ALA.

 

April 2016 - TBA -BCC South County Center Poetry Event Tied to readings of Inaugeral Poet, Richard Blanco's poetry, we will host a presentation of student writing/work inspired by Blanco's poems.  Student work will be considered for inclusion in the BCC Oral History Project.

 

Date TBA - Soccer: The Latino Connection - An event with our own soccer team, The Falcons

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

              

 

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Biography of Scholars/Presenters

Biography of Professor Leyla Rouhi, PhD

 

Dr. Leyla Rouhi  

Leyla Rouhi is Preston S. Paris ’41 IIIrd Century Professor of Romance Languages at Williams College. Her PhD is from Harvard University and she holds a BA from Oxford University. She has taught all levels of Spanish language and literature at Williams, as well as several courses in Comparative Literature. Her scholarship mostly focuses on early modern Spain but her teaching covers a wide range that includes other periods and traditions. She was named Professor of the Year in 2010 for the State of Massachusetts and has played an active role in promoting the study of Spanish language and culture for her undergraduates.

Dr. Rouhi's  Presentation:

November 9, 2015, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Room K111. 

Screening of the Empire of Dreams segment from the PBS/NEH documentary, from the Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. with a presentation and discussion led by award winning faculty, Dr. Leyla Rouhi from Williams College. Dr. Rouhi will focus on themes of memory, heritage and the intersection and formation of cultural identities. She will examine the lasting impact of American culture and democracy on the idea of national liberation and identity for Latino writers. Discussion will include themes of memory heritage and the intersection and formation of cultural identities. Reception follows. Open to the general public. Approved for FORUM credit.

 

 

Biography of Professor Mariana Bolívar Rubín, PhD

Dr. Bolivar Rubin      

Mariana Bolívar Rubín received her Ph.D. in Hispanic American literature and cultures with emphasis on gender and cultural studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her M.A. in Latin American Literature and Culture with a concentration in Ethnic Studies from Colorado State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Her academic background and research interests confirm she commitment to interdisciplinary education and scholarship. Currently, she is engaged in a book project which examines the representation of Afro-Caribbean religion in literature, visual arts and ritual performances in transnational contexts. She is also interested in US Latina/o literary and non-literary representations of Afro-Hispanic religions. Her work has been published in Afro Hispanic Review and Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies.


Dr. Bolivar Rubin's Presentations:

 
2/23/16 1:15 - 3:30   Boland Theater 
Screening of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans segment, Peril and Promise and scholar led panel discussion with Dr. Mariana Bolivar from MCLA, State Senator Ben Downing, Elected Officials, local educators, cultural leaders and students.  The theme of the program centers on the statement from the film that “it is absolutely indispensable to invest in education.  If we don’t capitalize on this opportunity we will lose the Hispanic Moment.”   Dr. Bolivar will focus on how public education, and in particular, public higher education can address the needs of Berkshire County’s growing Latino community.   Approved for FORUM credit. The questions we will address include:
 
Questions addressed include:
 
·         What are the barriers to opportunities and what are the solutions? 
·         What cultural, artistic and educational resources do we have in the County that could help create pathways to success for Latino Students? 
·         What cross-cultural pathways can we foster that will benefit all students in Berkshire County, at BCC and at MCLA?

Dr. Bolivar - New York City Trip

4/9/2016 – ALL DAY - Bus Trip to New York City to visit El Museo del Barrio, walking tour of East Harlem and other sites relevant to Latino History, led by Dr. Bolivar. While travelling, we will repeat screenings of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans, in particular the segment, Peril and Promise.  Approved for FORUM credit.
 
 

Biography for Author and Poet, Richard Blanco

 

Richard Blanco   Richard Blanco

 Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks One Today and Boston Strong; and the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf MotelDirections to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires. Currently, he is collaborating with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey on a children’s book of his poem One Today.

Blanco’s many awards include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award. A builder of cities as well as poems, Blanco holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.F.A in Creative Writing. He has received numerous honors for his writings and performances, including honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island, and has been named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught at Central Connecticut State University, Georgetown University, and American University. Blanco splits his time between Bethel, Maine and Boston, Mass.

Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the scared boy or the openly gay man, the engineer or the inaugural poet, Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that easily illuminates the human spirit. His captivating images and accessible narratives invite readers and audiences to see themselves in his poems, which for him are like mirrors in front of which we stand side by side with him—each one of us gazing into our respective lives blurred together with his, connecting us all across social, political, and cultural gaps. For in the end, his work asks himself those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?

 
Richard Blanco's Presentations:

5/5/16 12:15 - 2:30 Richard Blanco will be reading from For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey, and discussing his poetic works and his personal essays.  Part of a BCC poetry initiative across the curriculum, Richard Blanco’s poems are the subject of student work, some of which will also be shared. 

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Contact:
Jonathan Edwards Library, Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01085
413-236-2153