August 01, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Office of Multicultural Student Services is hosting a series of lectures in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Augustine Romero, director of student equity with the Tucson Unified School District and co-founder of the Social Justice Project, will give the talk, "Precious Knowledge," Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

Romero will examine how political discourse on race, ethnicity and access affects the resources devoted to the education of Latino students in some southwestern U.S. communities.

In a related event, the documentary film "Precious Knowledge" will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in Rooke Chemistry Auditorium (Room 116) of the Rooke Science Center. The film showing is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services and International Student Services.

The film chronicles the success of the Mexican American studies program at Tucson High School and the fight to preserve the program, which has become a national model of educational success, with 100 percent of enrolled students graduating from high school and 85 percent going on to attend college.

"Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual opportunity to engage the campus and surrounding community with artistic, intellectual and political representations of Hispanic culture. Staff, faculty and student groups are united in providing eclectic intercultural opportunities," said Vincent Stephens, director of Multicultural Student Services.

Previous events in the series included a talk by Isabel Molina-Guzman, author of Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media, will give the talk, "Performing Latina Racial Flexibility in the 'Post' Media World,"  Sept. 10.Molina-Guzman is associate professor of communication and Latina/o studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She examined why some Latina bodies in film, television, and music can perform across a diversity of ethnic and racial identities.

Sylvia Manzano, associate professor of government at Lone Star College, gave the talk, "Latinos in the 2012 Election: Voters, Issues and Parties," Sept. 14, providing a critical look at the important role of Latinos in the 2012 presidential election through the lens of political science. Manzano's talk will be broadcast on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) Monday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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