The Legacy of Legacy of Cesar Chavez 2013

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The Department of Classical and Modern Languages celebrates the 2oth Anniversary of the departure of César Chávez, proclaimed Latino leader and César Chávez Day.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: "The Legacy of César Chávez

  • Gary Best,
    The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (retired President, Local 227)
  • Félix Garza, 
    National Farm Worker Ministry (and Univ. of Louisville)
  • Moderator, Prof. Avery Kolers,  
    University of Louisville

Ekstrom Library: Elaine Chao Auditorium

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Viva la causa: The Story of César Chávez and A Great Movement for Social Justice (Documentary Film)
Ekstrom Library: Elaine Chao Auditorium


Thursday, March 28, 2013
Humanities Building Room 205

6 p.m.-7 p.m.
The Chicano Wave
Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propel them from the barrio to the national stage. From

7 p.m.- 8 p.m.  (& 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. )
The Struggle for the Fields: (Part 2 of the series Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement)

"More than two years in the making, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle is the first film to cover the full arc of Cesar Chávez' life.
Using archival footage, newsreel, and present-day interviews with Ethel Kennedy, former California Governor Jerry Brown, Dolores Huerta, and Chávez' brother, sister, son and daughter, among others, the documentary traces the remarkable contributions of Chávez and others involved in this epic struggle." From


Friday, March 28, 2013

A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story

Showings @   8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
in Ekstrom Library Room W 102 

In the landmark 1954 case Hernandez v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment applied to all racial groups. This PBS documentary series looks at the Mexican-American legal team that took its fight to the highest court. Set against the broader story of the civil rights movement, this history lesson also tells of the Mexican-American post-World War II struggle against Jim Crow-style discrimination in the United States.

 60 min.

The Other Side of Immigration

Showings @   8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
in Ekstrom Library Room W 104 

Contemporary immigration issues between the United States and Mexico receive careful study in this documentary, which uses extensive interviews to outline the experiences and perspectives of ordinary citizens in the Mexican countryside. In examining the economic factors prompting Mexicans to seek work in the United States and the social pressures that result, the film presents an affecting look at a complex political and moral issue.

 55 min. 

Viva la causa: the Story of César Chávez and a Great Movement for Social Justice

Showings @   8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. in Ekstrom Library Room  Elaine Chao Auditorium

Using historical footage and dramatic reenactments, this film focuses on one of the seminal events in the march for human rights -- the grape strike and boycott led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the 1960s. Thousands of people from across the nation joined in a struggle for justice for the some of the most exploited people in the United States.

39 min.

University of Louisville’s César Chávez March for Justice

Friday, March 29, 2013 | Belknap Campus

 Students meet outside of Elaine Chao Auditorium 


For more information, please contact Prof. Melissa Groenewold, m0groe01 (@) or Prof. Manuel F. Medina, manuel.medina (@) (852-0501)

 Thanks to the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Media Resources, Ekstrom Library, International, Diversity and Outreach Programs, College of Arts and Sciences.