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Phi Iota Alpha ‘Bracero Program’ film screening, presentation

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
October 20, 2011

The Texas State University-San Marcos Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Iota Alpha will host a screening of Gilbert Gonzalez’s documentary film, “Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program” and a presentation on the history of the Bracero Program from keynote speaker Gloria Martinez on Nov. 3 in Alkek Library room 105.

The event is free and open for all students, faculty, staff and members of the public to attend and will take place from 6-9 p.m. More than a dozen student organizations will also be in attendance to participate and learn more about Hispanic culture, heritage and the ongoing debate regarding immigration.

The event aims to re-examine the Bracero Program as a potential model to help Americans understand the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the U.S., as well as spread knowledge of immigration, citizenship, labor practices, race relations, gender, sexuality, the family, visual culture and the Cold War era. The event plays a significant role in relation to the university, which was recently recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution with 25 percent of its undergraduate student body being Hispanic.

Phi Iota Alpha is the oldest Latino fraternity in existence, being established in 1931. The fraternity is professionally and culturally based, providing a wide range of programming opportunities and events for its members, the student body and the community.

For more information on the event or sponsoring the event, contact Nathan Salazar at ns1199@txstate.edu.