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CSU Bakersfield Announces Premiere of “Camp to Campus”

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7 p.m., a documentary film called “Camp to Campus” will premiere in the Dore Theatre on the CSUB campus. The 90-minute film focuses on first-generation college graduates who come from a migrant labor background. Admission and parking are free.

The "Camp to Campus " project is funded by a $10,000 grant from Cal Humanities' Community Stories Fund, along with $15,000 in matching funds from CSUB. In the spring of 2012, a diverse group of more than 50 people responded to an initial survey. They shared their experiences of growing up as the children of migrant laborers--some living in labor camps, and some working in the fields themselves-- making the journey to college, and succeeding there.

From among the respondents, fifteen people were interviewed this summer and fall for the film. Representing a range of professions—accounting, filmmaking, law, teaching, educational administration, counseling, nursing, business, among other fields—the interview subjects include descendants of the Mexican Bracero Program of the 1940s to '60s, as well as the children of more recent migrant laborers and several descendants of the Dust Bowl migrations. The film’s director and videographer, Fabian Euresti, comes from a migrant labor background, and graduated from CSUB with a B.A. in English in 2007, and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts in 2010. Excerpts from their interviews will be posted on the project website www.csub.edu/camptocampus in the coming weeks--stay tuned.

"By gathering and sharing these stories, the documentary offers insights about how people chose to leave the fields behind and attain higher education - and, more broadly, how first-generation college students negotiate different worlds," said Marit MacArthur, project director and Associate Professor of English at CSUB. "What struggles have they faced? What were their motivations? And how have they succeeded?"

Throughout February and March, the "Camp to Campus" documentary will also be shown at local high schools and community colleges, hosted by members of the grant project team from CSUB, who will facilitate discussions of the film.

High school and community college students will have the chance to compete for scholarships to CSUB and cash prizes in an essay and video-essay contest about the documentary. The prompts for the essays will be posted on the project website in January, with a deadline for submission of April 10, 2012.

A calendar of events related to "Camp to Campus” will be regularly updated on the project website: www.csub.edu/camptocampus.

For more information about CSU Bakersfield or the Alumni Association or Hall of Fame, please visit www.csub.edu.

About Community Stories

Community Stories is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities, an independent nonprofit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California's places and people to ensure that the stories can be shared widely.

"With our state's incredible diversity, fostering communication and connecting people to a range of ideas is vital for our general welfare," said Ralph Lewin, president and CEO of Cal Humanities. "Our grant award enables awardees to pursue the important work of engaging new audiences in conversations around stories of significance to Californians."

Since 2003, Cal Humanities has supported approximately 400 story projects and granted over $2.6 million to enable communities to voice, record, and share histories - many previously untold or little known. For more information on Cal Humanities, visit www.calhum.org.

For More Information

Colleen Dillaway
Director, Public Affairs & Communications, CSUB
661-654-2456
cdillaway@csub.edu

Irma Cervantes
Public Affairs Coordinator, CSUB
661-654-2138
icervantes@csub.edu