July 12 MAS Summer Seminar Immersing Participants in Mexican-American Culture for Life-Enriching Experience

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

From literature, music, art, and the humanities to history, politics, the Spanish language and cultural competency in the workplace, the Del Mar College (DMC) Mexican-American Studies (MAS) program’s one-day summer seminar on Saturday, July 12, will immerse participants in these subjects to expose how these areas influence our way of life.

And, participants can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), too.

“With the dynamic growth of the Hispanic population and all projections indicating continued growth, our Mexican-American Studies Program serves as very practical and useful preparation for careers in all walks of life,” says Elizabeth Flores, DMC professor of political science. “This summer seminar is an excellent opportunity for students and community members to learn more about how Mexican-American Studies can enrich their lives.” 

The MAS Summer Seminar is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through DMC Career and Community Education (formerly Continuing Education). Organizers are holding the event in the Center for Economic Development, located at 3209 S. Staples (corner of Staples and Kostoryz).

More information about the seminar is available by calling 361-698-1218 or emailing eflores@delmar.edu 

Free and open to the public, attending the seminar does not require preregistration, but individuals registering by 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 11 (update), will receive a complimentary lunch. 

Online registration is available at www.delmar.edu and clicking on the “Register for Continuing Education Classes.” The Continuing Education course number for the MAS Seminar is EDTC-2000-62012. Individuals can also call 361-698-1328 or register in person in the Center for Economic Development.

The MAS Summer Seminar features special guest author Stephanie Elizondo Griest. After the author’s presentation, organizers will provide a question and answer session and book signing opportunity. (update: author Michele Serros cannot attend the seminar.) 

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Elizondo Griest has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Latina Magazine and numerous Travelers’ Tales anthologies. Her books include “Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing and Havana,” “100 Places Every Woman Should Go” and “Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines.” She won a Hodder Fellowship to Princeton University, a Viebranz Professorship to St. Lawrence University, the Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting and a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Prize. Currently, Elizondo Griest is an assistant professor and Margaret R. Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

The seminar will begin with an interdisciplinary studies panel, “Cultural Competency and Mexican-American Studies: Preparing Students for the Workforce” with discussion by DMC faculty and staff. 

Following the panel discussion, participants can select from concurrent morning sessions, including:

• Cross-Cultural Contexts of Mexican-American Immigration and Identity

• Cultural Imposition as a Barrier to Care

• El español en el American Southwest: A Report on Language Contact and Bilingualism

• Hollywood’s Mexican-American: Realty or Fabrication?

• Lost Episodes in Chicano Activism-Colegio Jacinto Treviño

• Mexican-American and European Art: Comparing and Contrasting Styles

• Recording the Oral Histories of South Texas Hispanic Farm Workers

A lunchtime presentation features Dr. Carla Gamez-Vela, DMC assistant professor of kinesiology, performing the Matlachines Aztec Dance.

Concurrent afternoon sessions include:

• Architecture and Literature: How Archetypes Build and Maintain El Día de los Muertos

• Mexican-American and European Art: Comparing and Contrasting Styles

• Mexican-American History is United States History

• Student presentations covering ENGL 2351 Mexican-American Literature.

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