UTEP Schedules Activities to Honor César Chávez

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Chicano Studies Program has scheduled several activities on campus to celebrate renowned labor leader and civil rights advocate César Chávez in March and April 2018.

“The events are organized to give UTEP’s community and alumni the chance to honor Chávez, who rose to fame in the 1960s as the co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association, and to maintain a high level of awareness about farmworkers and their relevance to the American economy,” said Dennis Bixler-Marquez, Ph.D., professor and director of UTEP’s Chicano Studies Program.

The listed screenings, performances and presentations on campus are free and sponsored by the program unless noted otherwise.

  • “Rape in the Fields: The Hidden Story of Rape on the Job in America,” a film by Frontline and Univision, will be screened at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Blumberg Auditorium on the first floor of the University Library.
  • “Black on Brown: African Influence on Latin American Guitar Music,” a performance with commentary by John Siqueiros, associate professor of practice, at noon Wednesday, March 28, in the Blumberg Auditorium.
  • “Lengua,” an original play written by Adriana Dominguez, Ph.D., clinical professor of theater, will be performed at 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018, in the Basement Theatre in the Fox Fine Arts Center. Donations will be accepted for this performance sponsored by UTEP’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Information: 915-747-6213.
  • “The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration: Liberty, Security and Equality,” is a book and panel presentation that will be led by José Jorge Mendoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Geological Sciences Building, Reading Room. Additional sponsors are UTEP’s Department of Philosophy, the Liberal Arts Honors Program, and the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies. Information: 915-747-6617.

Click here for a full calendar of events to recognize Chávez’s legacy. For more information, call 915-747-5462.