The Chicano and Latino Studies Department figured prominently at the recent Sonoma County Museum's Bracero Program: Round Table Discussion on January 20, 2011, held in conjunction with the recent exhibition, Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964, which was hosted on loan from the Smithsonian Institution.
Speakers included Dr. Daniel Malpica, assistant professor of Chicano and Latino Studies, Dr. Dan Markwyn, professor emeritus of history, and Francisco Herrera, a community organizer and musician. Dr. Ron López, assistant professor of Chicano and Latino Studies, served as the moderator.
The discussion focused on the long-term impact of the Bracero program, a Mexican Guest Worker program that ran between 1942 and 1964, and analyzed similarities between the Bracero program and the currently proposed Guest Worker initiatives.
The panel also emphasized history of agriculture in California and its ongoing dependence on itinerant or migratory labor.
The event concluded with a performance by Mr. Herrera.
For more information on the Chicano and Latino Studies Department, visit their website at http://sonoma.edu/cals/.
For more information on the Bracero Program exhibition, and to view the online exhibtion, visit the Smithsonian website at http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibition.cfm?key=38&exkey=1357.