College celebrates Hispanic heritage

Amy FosterReporter

Del Mar College is planning several events for Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, to celebrate the diverse contributions Hispanics have made to the community and country.

The U.S. Census Bureau in 2013 reported that Nueces County’s population is 62 percent Hispanic. According to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Del Mar College consistently ranks among the top 50 community colleges in the nation granting associate degrees to Hispanic students.

The college’s Mexican-American Studies Program and the DMC Chapter of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education have announced the following events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:

Screening of “El Contrato” (“The Contract”) — A documentary about citizens in the United States and Canada facing difficult conditions. (2 p.m. Sept. 23, Room 530, White Library, East Campus)

Mexican-American History is United States History — Discussion on how historical developments played integral roles in the history of the United States. (1 p.m. Sept. 24, Room 514, White Library, East Campus)

Researching and Remembering South Texas Federal Migrant Labor Camps — Discussion on how camp residents, government employees and surrounding communities shaped and reshaped the meaning of spaces well beyond their period. (2:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Room 530, White Library, East Campus)

Del Mar College Viking Book Club Monthly Meeting — Will discuss “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by the late Columbian author and Nobel laureate writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (1 p.m. Sept. 26, Room 106, English Building, East Campus)

Screening of “Borderless” — A document-poem about the lives of undocumented workers, gives voice to their dreams and struggles. (2 p.m. Sept. 30, Room 530, White Library, East Campus)

Hollywood’s Mexican-American: Reality or Fabrication? — Discussion about the images and role of Mexican-Americans in cinema throughout the last 100 years of the industry. (9:30a.m. Oct. 1, Room 514, White Library, East Campus)

Screening of “The Human Price of Coffee” — Owners of small coffee farms and members of the coffee cooperative Manos Campesinas are interviewed in this documentary about coffee production in Guatemala. (2 p.m. Oct. 7, Room 530, White Library, East Campus)

Book Reading of “Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland” — (11 a.m. Oct. 8, Richardson Performance Hall, East Campus)

Lost Episodes in Chicano Activism-Colegio Jacinto Trevino — A brief presentation covering Colegio Jacinto Trevino in the Rio Grande Valley. (1 p.m. Oct. 9, Room 514, White Library, East Campus)

Screening of “Threads of Hope” — The story of a group of Chilean women who banded together in silent protest and dared to defy a dictatorship. (2 p.m. Oct. 14, Room 530, White Library, East Campus)

Del Mar College also has partnered with the city and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to provide art exhibits and historical displays and lectures at the First Hispanic Civil Rights Museum in Corpus Christi, which had a grand opening on Sept. 20 at the Grande-Grossman House in Heritage Park. The Tejano Civil Rights Museum & Resource Center is open to the public with free admission on weekends. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays. The museum is at 1517 N. Chaparral St.

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