SEMILLAS SEMINAR VIA WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT:
Breaking the Fast: Liberation through Education, Militancy and mobilization by the Mexican community in defense of Chicana & Chicano Studies at UCLA in 1993
When: Jun 7, 2018 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Breaking the Fast: Liberation through Education
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Webinar Speakers (PARTIAL LIST)
Juan Gómez-Quiñones (PROFESSOR EMERITUS, Department of History @UCLA)
From 1969 to the present he has taught university classes each year and has delivered papers before professional historical societies and other professional venues in the United States and Mexico. He is a co-founder of Academia Semillas del Pueblo XINAXCALMECAC-Anahuacalmecac (autonomous community-based charter school).
Reynaldo F. Macías (Professor @UCLA)
Dr. Reynaldo F. Macías is a faculty member and founding Chair of the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and the César E. Chávez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction. Dr. Macías is an officer on the Council of Trustees of Semillas Sociedad Civil.
Steve Loza (Professor and Chair, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Ethnomusicology @UCLA)
Steven Loza is a professor of ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he has been on the faculty for twenty-five years and adjunct professor of music at the University of New Mexico, where he formerly directed the Arts of the Americas Institute. Dr. Loza was actively involved in the defense of student demands for Chicana/o Studies at UCLA.
Moderator: Dr. Reynaldo F. Macías, Professor, UCLA
Lead Panelists: Dr. Juan Gómez Quiñones, Professor Emeritus, UCLA, Dr. Steve Loza, Professor, UCLA
Guest Panelists:Dr. Leobardo Estrada, Cindy Montañez, Dr.Blanca Gordo Harry, Minnie Ferguson, Marcos Aguilar, Laura Manzano, Cristine Soto DeBerry, John Fernandez and others TBD
Contrary to the facts of the intersectional solidarity evidenced by the students’ occupation of the UCLA Faculty Center, subsequent mass mobilization and the climactic effectiveness of the hunger strike, Mexican student, community and faculty leadership in this movement have often been misconstrued as “narrow nationalist”. The impact and power of Indigenous Mexican spiritual militancy and community-based mobilization in defense of intersectional and intercultural student direct action to defend ethnic studies programs, libraries and the call to establish a department of Chicana & Chicano Studies at UCLA has not been adequately recorded by existing writings on these events. This panel discussion challenges the euphemism of critiques levied by current literature on the events in question against the Mexican student, faculty and community principals and principles of the movement to establish the Chicana & Chicano Studies department at UCLA. In contrast to the reductionist and ultimately anti-Mexican critiques of the CCS Now movement, this panel seeks to highlight the positive impact of Mexican and Chicano student organizing, direct action and strategic reliance upon spiritual militancy as a methodology to earn and organize moral authority and elevate arguably mundane bureaucratic matters of the university to a more transcendent and meaningful series of actions in the human experience.