September 12, 2007

“El Pueblo” celebrates diversity

Dean Emir Macari and members of the Latino interest fraternity Gammas Zeta Alpha participated in El Grito de Independencia Mexicana, to commemorate the 197th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain. Dean Emir Macari and members of the Latino interest fraternity Gammas Zeta Alpha participated in El Grito de Independencia Mexicana, to commemorate the 197th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain.

The state's diverse culture will be celebrated at a series of events at Sacramento State Sept. 17 through Oct. 10. “El Pueblo” (translated as “the village”) is a month-long celebration to demonstrate the power of education to enlighten the public about the cultural identity of the University’s—and California’s—people. Events are free and open to the public.

“El Pueblo” festivities being with “El Grito de Independencia,” a celebration of the Sept. 16, 1810 Mexican independence from Spain, on Monday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Serna Plaza. Representatives from the Mexican Consulate will be in attendance as the participants recreate “the cry of freedom” from that historic day.

Background and historical information behind labels that people are either assigned or freely call themselves—whether the labels be Hispanic, Raza or Mexican, among others—will be discussed in “Labels and Identities,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Hinde Auditorium.

Guest speakers Ana Narvaez and Michael Boudreau will present “Women in Action: Realizing Dreams” from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 in the University Union Redwood Room. Narvaez and Boudreau will share the story of a group of Nicaraguan women who provide food, health and education to their families and communities through innovative projects.

Film takes center stage in “Cine Mexicano—Mexican Film Night” from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25. The event will highlight Cantinflas, a prolific Mexican actor and producer whose career displayed the contradictions and complexities of the Mexican Republic through satirical and political humor.

University students have the opportunity to meet Sacramento State Chicano faculty at “Raza Bienvenida” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the Multicultural Center, Library 1010.

The forum “La Mujer Chicana” will acknowledge the significant roles women play in everyday life such as worker, wife, mother, activist, sister, student and friend. The discussion, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the Hinde Auditorium, will also recognize women’s political, scientific and educational contributions.

The rich cultural history of the Caribbean will be explored in “Noche Caribeña” from 7:30 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the University Union’s Redwood Room. Participants will also learn various dances including the salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia.

The focus will be on indigenous peoples on “Indigenous Day,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Hinde Auditorium. Historical information on the origin of and the true meaning of the day will be presented to audience members.

For more information and the most up-to-date events listing, visit the Multicultural Center at http://www.csus.edu/mcult/ or call (916) 278-6101. For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.