Latino Heritage Month 2007

Highlights at Foothill College

Tuesday, May 1
International Workers Day
In solidarity with the nationwide Day of Action, and in collaboration with the Campaign for Immigrant Rights & Reform, the Latino Heritage Month Planning Committee will support the worldwide strike by sponsoring no events on this day. We invite the campus community to support this human rights cause. International Workers Day is traditionally celebrated May 1.

Wednesday, May 2
Latino Heritage Month Official Opening Ceremony: Cultural Celebration
Celebrate the rich culture of Latin countries with music and food. Expose yourself to the similarities and differences between Latin countries. Free refreshments. Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, May 3
Lecture Series I: Cinco de Mayo Exposed Featuring Bill Ziegenhorn
Foothill College Business & Social Science Instructor Bill Ziegenhorn will speak about the history, issues and significance of Cinco de Mayo. Coronas, loud music, “cholos” and low riders—is this really all that Cinco de Mayo is about? If you wonder what this “Mexican Independence Day” really means to the people that celebrate it, come find out.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Room 5001
Free Admission

Friday, May 4
Film Festival I: A Place Called Chiapas
The film by Nettie Wild is about eight months inside the Zapatista uprising. Filmed in 1997, during the military standoff and peace talks, Wild captures the elusive and fragile life of a revolution and the death squads they face. On camera, the death squads accuse the Zapatistas of violence. Off camera, they threaten to kill the film crew. Free refreshments.
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Monday, May 7
Lecture Series II: Leadership through the Arts Featuring Director & Playwright Luis Valdez
Legitimately called the father of Chicano theater, playwright and director Luis Valdez has given this movement a voice since 1963, when his first play was staged by the drama department at San Jose State University. From there he founded El Teatro Campesino in 1965, a touring farm workers theater troupe. El Teatro Campesino produced one-act plays—often without stage, script or props—that dramatized the circumstances of migrant workers and ignited a national Chicano theater movement, or teatro chicano. Valdez has written, co-written and directed many plays depicting the Hispanic experience, including La Carpa de los Rasquachis (1973), El Fin del Mundo (1976), Zoot Suit (1978) and Tibercio Vasquez (1980). He also directed the box-office smash La Bamba in 1987.
Time: Presentation, 10–11 a.m.; Q & A, 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Playhouse Theater (Room 1301)
Free Admission

Wednesday, May 9
Financial Aid: Foothill’s Version of Deal or No Deal
Everyone is a winner when we play the Foothill College version of Deal or No Deal. Contestants in our version of the popular TV game show build their financial aid package. Join us and watch the top players win great prizes. Co-sponsored by Foothill Financial Aid Outreach Office.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, May 10
Biodiesel Fuel: Featuring Jorah Roussopoulos of Mountain Feed & Farm
Jorah Roussopoulos is a biodiesel advocate and co-owner of Mountain Feed & Farm in Ben Lomond, where they have pumped biodiesel fuel from a solar-powered 1939 gas pump to more than 400 customers. Biodiesel fuel is becoming more readily available as an alternative fuel that is a non-toxic, biodegradable and cleaner burning diesel fuel. Find out if biodiesel is a smart alternative for you and your car. You will learn which cars can run on biodiesel and where the fuel can be purchased. We will talk about the environmental impact of biodiesel and current government regulations.
Time: 1–1:50 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Friday, May 11
Film Festival II: Walkout
Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) directs this true story of a student protest in East Los Angeles in 1968. Led by Paula Crisostomo (Alexa Vega), a number of Chicano students walk out of their high school. The teens want to voice their opposition to the racist policies they encounter on a daily basis. With the help of a concerned teacher played by Michael Peña, Paula organizes students from five area schools to join the historic demonstration. Featuring an all-star cast, Walkout tells the personal and political story of a group of students who worked to change the world. Free refreshments.
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Tuesday, May 15
Chemicals in Your Food: Featuring The Dubners
Sharon Dubner, D.C., and Allen Dubner, D.C., will discuss natural strategies for common symptoms of sluggish thyroid syndrome. Symptoms include fatigue, slow weight gain, constipation, and other problems for which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. More than five million Americans experience sluggish thyroid syndrome. In fact, as many as 10 percent of the female population in the U.S. may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency. This disease affects and kills due to lack of information. Learn how you can prevent this alignment from affecting you and your loved ones.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Room 6508
Free Admission

Wednesday, May 16
Earth Day Information Fair: Taking the First Step by Saving Energy
Get information about the your health and the health of the planet at this event. You’ll also learn about organic gardening, smoking, and preventing disease. Solar power expert Michael Mora will discuss sustainability. Mora is on the leading edge of new green technologies, and he will bring his electric car for you to inspect. Find out how you can use biodiesel in your car as well as warm-up movements for your next workout. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for a new bicycle. You must be present to win. Co-sponsored by Foothill Middle College.
Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Lecture, Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, May 17
Sustainability in the Garden & Home: Featuring David Sauter
Foothill College Environmental Horticulture & Design Instructor David Sauter will explain the seven principles of designing landscapes for the home and garden that protect the bay and ecosystems. Topics include sustainable and regenerative landscaping as well as environmental issues.
Time: 1–1:30 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission • Seating Is Limited

Friday, May 18
Film Festival III: An Inconvenient Truth
From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, An Inconvenient Truth, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-sets the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his “traveling global warming show,” he also proves himself to be one of the most misunderstood characters in modern American public life. Here he is seen as never before in the media—funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our “planetary emergency” out to ordinary citizens before it’s too late. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Tuesday, May 22
Film Festival VI: Guerilla Radio Hip-Hop Struggle Under Castro
Journey through Cuba the way that few Americans know it exists. Hundreds of hip-hop groups are forming across the island, inspired entirely by the love of music. Unlike hip-hop in the United States, there’s no promise of a better life for Cuban rappers. They work against a stark backdrop of prostitution, black-market capitalism and poverty, in part because the typical Cuban earns only $15 a month. Complicating matters is a police force that tosses the rappers in jail if their songs criticize Fidel Castro or his communist government. Even if you don’t care for hip-hop, you will be fascinated by the struggle of the Cuban people and what they’re doing to survive. The Buena Vista Social Club was the music of Cuba’s past; Guerrilla Radio is the music of Cuba’s future.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Room 6508
Free Admission

Wednesday, May 23
Job Fair: Keynote Speaker Chester Ruiz, Fashion Show & Barbecue
Redwood City’s PruLatino Team Leader Chester Ruiz is a native of San Francisco, and is the oldest sibling of parents from Nicaragua. PruLatino operates under the auspices of Prudential California Realty, and is the only Prudential California Real Estate Office with a cultural mission statement and vested interest in education and assistance for a specific group. An alumnus of College of San Mateo and UC Berkeley, Ruiz helped Cesar Chavez organize the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. He founded Ruiz Construction, and he has five children who are all currently college students. Ruiz is a real estate entrepreneur, and is involved in residential, commercial, consulting, and mortgage banking. He volunteered to help the founders of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and currently serves as the organization’s national director of affiliate development. PruLatino recently won the National Diversity Award for Multicultural Marketing and Ruiz was recently appointed to board of directors of the College of San Mateo Foundation. He will discuss business, leadership, empowerment and the importance of community colleges as a bridge to success. This presentation is a part of the Foothill College Job Fair, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair brings employers who are ready to hire full- and part-time employees and interns as well as workers for seasonal assignments. A contest for best dressed job seekers will be presented with iPod prizes for best dressed male and female. Participants can also enjoy free Jamba Juice smoothies, prize raffles every 15 minutes and a free barbecue lunch sponsored by the Associated Students of Foothill College (ASFC). Co-sponsored by Prudential California Reality PruLatino, Foothill Career Center and ASFC.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, May 24
Lecture Series III: Leadership through Hip-Hop Featuring Author & Activist Sofia Quintero
A self-described “Ivy-League home girl,” Sofia Quintero earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University. Her presentation bridges the Latino and African American communities through hip-hop music. This unapologetic populist has worked on a variety of issues from fighting police brutality to defending multicultural education. She’ll speak about health issues, including safe sex, drugs, alcohol, social and personal responsibility, peer pressure and leadership. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Health Services Office.
Time: Presentation, 11–Noon; Q&A, Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Room 5001
Free Admission

Friday, May 25
Open Mic Night: Evolution of Hip-Hop Hosted by Sofia Quintero
Calling all artists: If you’re a DJ, MC, break dancer, hip-hop dancer, photographer, poet or have appreciation for all of these forms of expression, join us for night of music and art. If you think you have what it takes to battle it out, come to the open mic night. Performance slots are limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual performances are limited to just five minutes. Participants will be judged by the volume of audience applause. First prize is a $50 Visa gift certificate; second prize is a pair of movie tickets. Co-Sponsored by the Health Services Office.
Time: 7–10 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Monday, May 28
Memorial Day holiday observance. Campus closed; classes do not meet May 26, 27 or 28.

Tuesday, May 29
Lecture Series IV: Behind the Artist Rebeca Stanton
Meet artist Rebeca Stanton, whose works are on in the college’s Semans Library throughout May. Stanton is a painter and long time member of the Foothill community. She has taken art courses at Foothill College for nearly three decades. In 2001, she received a three-year scholarship to study painting and drawing at the San Francisco Art Institute where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2003. Her work is inspired by among many things, the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, her experience as a mother who’s son is a member of the U.S. Military, as well as her environment and surroundings from living in Los Altos Hills. Free refreshments. Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Wednesday, May 30
Closing Ceremony: Cultural Celebration
Come join us as we celebrate the conclusion of a monthlong celebration of culture, education and entertainment. Enjoy live music and performances. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, May 31
Personal Sustainability Featuring Breast Cancer Awareness & Environmental Issues
Genieve Roja will discuss how global warming not only affects the environment, but also influences our health. Learn about environmental issues related to breast cancer for both women and men, and how to protect yourself. Co-sponsored by the Health Services Office.
Time: 1–1:50 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

  • For additional event, driving and parking information, access www.foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7282.
  • Earn College Credit—Enroll in Foothill's SOSC 36 course and earn one unit of transferable credit by participating in heritage month planning and activities. For requirements and registration information, call (650) 949-7218.
  • PAA and PGA available for faculty and staff participation.




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