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THE TORTILLA CURTAIN by TC Boyle (2013 - 2014 Book of the Year)




Russo, Stacy

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  • Dream Catcher, April–May 2014. Don’t let your dreams pass you by! A portable display on wheels seeking your dreams will travel throughout the SAC campus. Everyone in the college community is invited to write down, and attach their dreams onto the “dream catcher”. Sponsored by Associated Student Government.
  • Film Series
    • Under the Same Moon, (feature film), Friday, 3-21-2014, 12:30pm+, in U-102, (The Spot). “The story of a young Mexican boy who embarks on an extraordinary journey to reunite with his mother, an undocumented immigrant living in the U.S. hoping to provide a better life for her son.  Even across thousands of miles, the special bond between a mother and son can never be broken.“ (Feature film directed by Patricia Riggen, 110 minutes of film, w/discussion to follow). Sponsored by Psychological Services Film and Discussion Series. Extra credit slips will be provided.

    • The Other Side of Immigration, (documentary), Wednesday, 3-26-2014, 2:00 to 3:30pm, in R-124. “Based on over 700 interviews in rural Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, this film asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.” (Documentary, 55 minutes of film w/discussion to follow).  Extra credit slips will be provided. Moderator: Angelina Veyna, History Professor

    • El Norte, (feature film), Monday, 3-31-2014, 1:30 to 4:30pm, in A-210. Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. It’s a story that happens every day… the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to el Norte.“ (Feature film directed by Gregory Nava, 140 minutes of film w/discussion to follow). Extra credit slips will be provided. Moderator: Leticia Lopez-Jaurequi, Spanish Professor

    • Which Way Home, (documentary), Monday, 4-14-2014, 3:00 to 5:00pm, in A-210. “Traversing more than 1,450 miles upcountry, (the top of) Mexican freight trains are routinely boarded by immigrants hoping to reach the United States.  Among the thousands who ride the trains are children traveling alone. They come from all over Mexico and Central America, risking everything for the chance of a better life.” (Documentary, 83 minutes of film w/discussion to follow). Extra credit slips will be provided. Moderator: Angelina Veyna, History Professor

    • A Better Life, (feature film), Monday, 5-5-2014, 1:30 to 4:00 pm, in A-210. A hardworking, Mexican single father working as a gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and
      immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.” (Feature film directed by Chris Weitz, 94 minutes of film w/discussion to follow). Extra credit slips will be provided.

  • AB 540 SAC Students: Struggles and Successes, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:30 to 3:00pm, in D-101. A  Santa Ana College student panel program. Extra credit slips will be provided. Moderator: Maribel Pineda, University Transfer Center Specialist and IDEAS Club Advisor.

  • SAC Immigrant Voices, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:00 noon to 1:30pm, in Building C, Art Gallery Lobby. Join us for the opening program of the end of the year exhibit featuring immigrant stories as written and read by members of the Santa Ana College community. View Participation Guidelines. All entries must be received by Thursday, April 24th.

*Extra credit slips will be available for all events.

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Created at 9/12/2013 7:08 PM by Russo, Stacy
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