may 19 2014
Come celebrate the culmination of a year-long collaboration to highlight the diverse populations of the Central Coast!
Join Kennedy Library and Dr. Grace Yeh for the May 23 reception for “Objects of Affection” exhibit. The exhibit draws upon the personal papers of families featured in the Re/Collecting Project, an online archive and ethnic studies memory project featuring families of California’s Central Coast, and directed by Grace Yeh, associate professor of ethnic studies at Cal Poly. Through stories, photographs, letters, songs, and performances, “Objects of Affection” explores the intimate lives of those within our diverse community. The exhibit shows the powerful ways people can forge rich community bonds and friendships in response to social and legal exclusion.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours starting May 12 until June 6, 2014.
• Location: Robert E. Kennedy Library, Learning Commons 2nd floor.
• Reception: The opening reception will feature spoken word and musical entertainment as well as authentic Filipino cuisine, May 23 in Kennedy Library’s 2nd floor Commons, 3PM-5PM.
Artwork: Courtesy Robert E. Kennedy Library. Design by Ragini Sahai (2014)
Cal Poly’s Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) is proud to present acclaimed author, Michele Serros on Friday, May 30, 2014, for a talk on her work from 4:10 – 5:00 p.m. in Philips Hall (06-124) in the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center (PAC). Named by Newsweek as “One of the Top Young Women to Watch for in the New Century,” Serros is the author of Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard; How to be a Chicana Role Model; Honey Blonde Chica; and her newest young adult novel, ¡Scandalosa!
A former staff writer for The George Lopez Show, Serros has written for the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, CosmoGirl, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and contributes satirical commentaries regularly for National Public Radio (Latino USA, Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, Anthem, Along for the Ride, and The California Report). An award-winning spoken word artist, she has read her poems to stadium crowds for Lollapalooza, recorded Selected Stories from Chicana Falsa for Mercury Records, and was selected by the Poetry Society of America to have her poetry placed on MTA buses throughout Los Angeles County.
While still a student at Santa Monica City College, Michele’s first book of poetry and short stories, Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, was published. After Lalo Press, the original publisher, ceased business, Michele continued to sell copies from her garage, while maintaining a devoted following of fans as well as a place in academia where Chicana Falsa became required reading in many U.S. high schools and universities. In 1998, Riverhead Books (Penguin/Putnam) reissued Chicana Falsa in addition to publishing Serros’ Los Angeles Times Best Seller, How to be a Chicana Role Model.
Serros’ work has garnered a diverse fan base ranging from Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Michele is the great Californian writer who makes me proud of my state. When I read her books I cry and laugh and cry.”) to author Sandra Cisneros (“Serros is a young, sassy writer whose brilliant weapon is her humor.”)
Photo: Marie Gregorio-OviedoOriginally from Oxnard, CA, Michele is currently working on a new novel, A (sorta) Unmarried Mexican.
Serros will be available to sign books after the presentation. The talk is co-sponsored with Cal Poly’s Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, Career Services, and the College of Liberal Arts. The talk is free and open to the public; parking is available in the parking structure next to the PAC for a fee.