SCREEN ACTIVISM Series, in Association with the Chicano/Latino Graduate Student Collective
Tuesday, April 13
COSECHA VOICES: Documenting the Voice of the Migrant
Introduced by Cosecha Voices Coordinators & Students
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
A moving documentary portrayal of the efforts of University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) professors and visiting Nuyorican poet Tato Laviera (American Book Award winner) to assist migrant worker students with improving their Spanish language and college writing skills, as well as engage in oral history projects so as to learn from their family's experiences of migration and laboring in the fields from Southern Texas to the northern midwestern states. Launched in 2007 and designed by Dr. Stephanie Alvarez, José Luis Martínez, and Tato Laviera, this interdisciplinary project has been dedicated to the mentoring and retention of migrant students how make up a small, yet significant portion of those matriculated at UTPA, in Edinburgh, Texas. The project, carried out under the auspices of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has been highly successful at generating higher numbers of migrants interested in college through its middle school program as well as integrating migrant students into academic life, such that they are able to graduate successfully and move on to pursue their professional and intellectual goals. In addition to bilingual creative writing, participants in COSECHA VOICES have been involved in the production of short video testimonies and storytelling on the web.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Department of Chicano-Latino Studies, the International Center for Writing and Translation, and the Office of Undergraduate Study of the School of Humanities
For more information about COSECHA VOICES please visit: http://coah.utpa.edu/e0.htm