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Announcing "The Life and Work of César Chávez: A Symposium"

From January 16-February 24, the Art Alley in the HUB-Robeson Center will be hosting “In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez,” an exhibition of photographs and autobiographical reflections produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Featuring thirty-eight photographs paired with personal recollections, “In His Own Words” examines the values and experiences that drove Chávez to work tirelessly to improve the lives of American farm workers, in the process becoming one of the most influential labor and civil rights leaders of the twentieth century.

Symposium Details:

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Center for Democratic Deliberation and Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities are co-sponsoring a symposium on the contributions of Chávez to labor history and Latina/o culture on Feb. 14 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. After brief presentations by each of the four panelists, the moderator will lead an open discussion of Chávez's significance and legacy. All are invited to a reception following the program. This event is free and open to the public.


Jill Jensen, Penn State University. “César Chávez and the California Farmworkers: The Struggle in the Fields for Workers' Rights"
Jill is Assistant Director of the Center for Global Workers' Rights in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Penn State University. She holds a Ph.D. in History with special interest in
comparative labor law and social policy development. Her research focuses on the history of international labor standards and human rights.

Josue David Cisneros, Northeastern University. “The Legacy of César Chávez in Contemporary Immigrant Rights Movements"
Josue is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research and teaching focus on rhetorics of race/ethnicity, Latina/o identity, immigration, and citizenship in US public and political culture.

Steve Martin, Ripon College. “Remembering (and Forgetting) César Chávez: The Texas Board of Education's Efforts to Erase Chávez from U.S. History”
Steve is an associate professor of communication at Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he teaches American public address, rhetorical criticism, and the rhetoric of social movements with an emphasis on labor and working-class movements. He has published research on both the history of organized labor and Governor Scott Walker's recent efforts to restrict the power of public unions
in Wisconsin.

Richard J. Jensen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “The Quiet Charisma of César Chávez”
Richard is an emeritus professor of communication at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on the rhetoric of labor and protest movements, and he is the author or co-author of eleven books, including The Rhetorical Career of César Chávez and The Words of César Chávez (both
co-authored with John C. Hammerback).


John Ochoa
John Ochoa is an associate professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Penn State. He is also the current director of the latina/o studies program. He has published on Mexican intellectual history, Chicano performance art, and is currently conducting research on the Chicano writer and educator Tomás Rivera as well as completing a project on travel literature.

Event Sponsors:

For more information, contact: J. Michael Hogan,

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