In honor of American Indian/Raza Heritage month, from October 12 to November 19th Palo Alto College will be hosting an amazing event/platica series in San Antonio, Texas.  This event is free and open to the public and will be live streamed here:

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Mon Oct 12                           Indigenous Opening Ceremony & Blessing
12-1:30pm:                           Dr. Michael Flores/President, Palo Alto College
Central Courtyard                                San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero
Free Food/Drinks                 American Indians in Texas Yanaguana Drummers                                                                                                                         Nina Diaz In Concert
Nina Diaz is the former lead vocalist and guitarist for the award-winning San Antonio all-                                                   female rock band Girl in a Coma. She will be performing with her new band.

Fri Oct 16                              Free Friday Film Series
9am-5pm/SC Annex            9am & 1:15pm                     Selena
The true and tragic story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Tejana                                                                                                  singer who rose from cult status to performing at the                                                                                                                 Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the                                                                                                         Latin music charts.

                                                11:15am & 3:30pm            La Bamba
Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock                                                                                                          and roll singer Ritchie Valens (Ricardo Valenzuela) from                                                                                                              California who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy                                                                                                          Holly and the Big Bopper.

Sat Oct 17                             World Premiere of 100% NDN

8-9:30pm                              Theater/Dance production by Isaac Álvarez Cárdenas featuring Jesse Borrego
:30-10:15pm                      Dr. Carmen Tafolla will moderate and lead a panel discussion on Indigenous Identity Performing Arts Center                 with Isaac Cárdenas and Jesse Borrego.
Main Theater                        Carmen Tafolla is an award-winning author of more than twenty books, and currently                                                        the 2015 Texas Poet Laureate and Associate Professor of Transformative Children’s                                                           Literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Mon Oct 19                           Juan Tejeda
2-3:30pm/Ozuna Library    The Civil Rights Movement/Latino Americans “Peril & Promise” Film & Discussion
Juan Tejeda is an Instructor of Mexican American Studies & Music and Lead Faculty                                                            for the Center for Mexican American Studies at Palo Alto College, as well as a writer,                                                         publisher and button accordionist for the Conjunto Aztlan.

Wed Oct 21                          John Phillip Santos
12-1:15pm/SC Annex         “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Reflecting on Chicano/a Identities in Deep Time”
John Phillip Santos is the University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural                                                                       Studies, teaching in the Honors College, at the University of Texas at San                                                                                Antonio, a Rhodes Scholar, award-winning media producer and author of three                                                                      books including Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation.

Thurs Oct 22                         PAC Poetry Rap/Slam
12-1:15pm/SC Annex         National Grand Slam Poetry Champions Anthony The Poet & Amanda Flores perform                                                         their poetry and host PAC students as they slam their original poetry and raps.


Tues Oct 27                           Dr. Josie Méndez-Negrete
12-1:15pm/SC Annex         “Embodied Epistemologies: Life’s Lessons”
Josie Méndez-Negrete is an Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies at the                                                         University of Texas at San Antonio, scholar, editor, activist and author of Las Hijas de                                                           Juan: Daughters Betrayed, an autoethnography,  and A Life on Hold: Living with                                                                              Schizophrenia.

Thurs Oct 29                         Adriana García, Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark & Daniel González
12-1:15pm/SC Annex         Excerpts from the documentary film Latina Artist Exploring Who I Am: Adriana García,                                                      with a panel discussion that includes visual artist Adriana García, Dr. Ellen Riojas                                                   Clark and Daniel González.
Adriana García is an award winning artist, muralist and scenic designer. Born and raised                                                     in the west-side of San Antonio, she has created community murals with Southwest                                                            Workers Union, Bill Haus Arts, San Anto Cultural Arts Center and Casa de la Cultura in                                                         Del Rio, Texas.
Ellen Riojas Clark,
PhD, is Professor Emerita of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at The                                                  University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research examines self-concept, teacher                                                                 identity, ethnic identity, efficacy, and Latino cultural studies.
Daniel Alejandro González, MA, is a researcher and ethnographic filmmaker from San                                                       Antonio, Texas. His work examines visual arts, identity, communities of practice,                                                  community organizing, and organizational structures.

Wed Nov 4                            Juan Felipe Herrera/U.S. Poet Laureate
12-1:15pm/SC Annex         Reading & Discussion
6-7pm                                    Free Reception & Book Signing
7-9pm                                    Free Public Reading & Discussion
Performing Arts Center      Introduction by Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla and
Main Theater                        San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero
Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Chicano/Latino U.S. Poet Laureate in history (2015-                                                             2016). A former California Poet Laureate (2012-2014), Herrera is the author of thirty                                                        books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and                                                          picture books for                 children. His collections of poetry include Notes of the Assemblage                                                         (2015), Senegal Taxi (2013), Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008),                                                                 a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle                                                     Award, and Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler (2002).  He recently retired from the                                                              Creative                 Writing Program at the University of California Davis.
Fri Nov 6                                Free Friday Film Series/Indigenous Documentaries
10am-9pm                             10am                      Reel Injun
Peabody Award-winning documentary that explores the “Hollywood                                                                                      Indian” portrayal of North American Natives through a century of                                                                                            cinema.
Performing Arts Center      11:35am                Gente de Razón: People of the Missions
Main Theater                                                        Journey through the changing landscape of the San Antonio River                                                                                           Valley capturing the essence of the indigenous people who occupied                                                                                     the valley before, during and after the Spanish colonization of the
land and “missionization” of the Indians.
12:05pm               Yaquis: The Story of a Peoples’ War and a Genocide in Mexico                                                                                                 The longest-running armed struggle in Mexico’s history (1867-1909);                                                                                    a righteous struggle that was dragged to its end through a malignant                                                                                       ten year program of brutal “systematic military destruction” against                                                                                        the Yaqui people.
1:10pm                  Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians
The urgent story of the mystical Wixarika People, the Huicholes: one                                                                                     of the last pre-Hispanic cultures alive in Latin America, and their                                                                                             struggle against the Mexican government and multinational mining                                                                                         corporations to preserve Wirikuta, their most sacred territory and                                                                                                 home of the famous peyote cactus.
3:15pm                  The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code
This film tells the story of how little known Vatican documents of the                                                                                      fifteenth century resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination                                                                                    and dehumanization that led to law systems in the United States,                                                                                             Canada and elsewhere in the world, that are still being used against                                                                                             Original Nations and Peoples to this day.
4:20pm                  Cartel Land
A physician in Michoacán, Mexico leads a citizen uprising against the                                                                                      drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Across                                                                                         the U.S. border, a veteran heads a paramilitary group working to                                                                                             prevent Mexico’s drug wars from entering U.S. territory.
6:10pm                  Children of Giant
 Unearthing deeply wrought emotions surrounding de-facto                                                                                                     segregation of Anglos and Mexican Americans in the small West                                                                                              Texas town of Marfa, before, during and after the month-long                                                                                                  production of George Stevens’ 1956 Hollywood film, Giant,                                                                                                                filmmaker Hector Galan weaves clips from the feature film with the                                                                                  voices of the Mexican American and Anglo townspeople, cast and                                                                                                 crew who experienced this unique conjunction of art and life.
7:45pm                  Discussion with Hector Galán, award-winning film and television                                                                                             Producer/Director of Children of Giant

Tues Nov 10                          Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
12-1:15pm/SC Annex         “Culture of Conquest and the Doctrine of Discovery: The United States
as a Colonialist Settler-State”
6-8pm                                    Lecture, Discussion & Book Signing
Performing Arts Center      Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a veteran social justice activist, historian, and professor
Recital Hall                            emerita of Ethnic Studies. She is author or editor of twelve books, including Indians of                                                       the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination and An Indigenous Peoples’ History                                                     of the United States, which was selected for the American Book Award in 2015.

Wed Nov 11                         Dr. Antonia I. Castañeda
12-1:15pm/ SC Annex        “Writing Chicanas into History”
Antonia I. Castañeda is a scholar/activist and recently retired Chicana feminist historian                                                   who received her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Stanford University. A collection of Castañeda’s                                                   scholarly essays, Three Decades of Engendering History: Selected Works of Antonia I.                                                            Castañeda, was published by the University of North Texas Press in 2014.

Wed Nov 18                         Juan Mancías & Ramón Juan Vásquez
12-2pm/SC Annex               Discussion & Open Forum on Indigenous Identity & Rights
Juan B. Mancías is the Tribal Chair of the Yen Nawi’s Kiapan’k Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe                                                       of Texas and promotes the preservation, maintenance and respect of tribal identity,                                                           tribal Language, and tribal self-determination.
Ramón Juan Vásquez is the Executive Director of American Indians in                                                     Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions. AIT is a non-profit organization located in San                                                                Antonio that serves the indigenous population of Central and              South Texas.

Thurs Nov 19                        Palo Alto College Music Ensembles Concert
12-1:30pm/SC Annex         PAC Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi Palomino & Conjunto Palo Alto perform


Sep-Oct                                  Mexico: Splendors of 30 Centuries Exhibit
Ozuna Library

Oct-Nov                                 Perú Mestizo: Life & Art in a Colonial Kingdom Exhibit
Ozuna Library