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Latino culture focus of PCC’s Semana de la Raza

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Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus is hosting the Eighth Annual Semana de la Raza (“Week of the people”) from April 21-25 at the Event Center, Building 9, 17705 N.W. Springville Road.

This event, which has a theme this year of “El color de la vida” or “the color of life,” is the college’s annual celebration of Latino culture with a weeklong schedule of workshops, speakers and entertainment. It is free and open to the public.

Semana de la Raza begins with its kick-off day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 21, featuring live music from the Tom Bergeron Brasil Band (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Los Dos de Atarés (2-3 p.m.), as well as food from La Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa’s. From 3-4 p.m., organizers will show clips from Mexican television series “El Chavo Del Ocho” and be followed by a brief discussion of the shows’ cultural impact.

Other highlights include journalist Todd Miller’s talk from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 23 about his new book, “Border Patrol Nation,” which documents how border patrol and immigration enforcement has dramatically expanded inward in the country over the last several years. On Thursday, April 24, the week closes with the Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Awards & Reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ceremony will feature the Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Awards, Semana de la Raza poster competition, an essay contest and musical guest Edna Vazquez.

For more information, call (971) 722-7279.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Director of Public Relations at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic... more »

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x by Rachel Rosas Resendiz 9 years ago

Sounds great, can’t wait!