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CSUB offers National Hispanic Heritage Month activities

BlowoutFour upcoming events at California State University, Bakersfield embody the theme of this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month: "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories … One American Spirit." These events tell cultural and historical stories of Hispanics through a movie viewing, an educational history forum, a Latin American music concert, and a Oaxacan festival.

Movie Showing: "Taking Back the Schools"

A one-hour documentary on the 1968 East Los Angeles Chicano student walkouts, with original historic footage, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Dorothy Donahoe Hall G102. Admission is free. The event is co-sponsored by CSUB's student organizations M.E.Ch.A. and UNIR. For more information contact Gonzalo Santos at 661-654-2191 or

History Forum: "Blowout! Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice"

Sal Castro, the high school teacher who led thousands of Chicano students in East Los Angeles in the historic walkouts in 1968, will join Dr. Mario T. García, professor of History and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for a talk at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 inside the Doré Theatre. The two will talk about their recently published book, "Blowout! Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice," which details the walkouts that sparked the urban Chicano movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the largest and most widespread civil rights protests by Mexican Americans in U.S. history. Russo's Books will sell copies of "Blowout!" at the event and Castro and García will sign books after the talk. Admission is free, as is parking in Lots B, C and D. For more information contact Alicia Rodriquez at 661-654-2166 or, or visit

Latin American Music: "A Night of Tango"

CSUB music faculty present "A Night of Tango" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, inside the Doré Theatre. Faculty will be joined by guest performers from the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. The concert will feature music based on Tango, including "Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas" by Piazzolla, "Tango" by Albeniz, "Por Una Cabeza" by Gardel, and more. Piazzolla's "Libertango" will wrap up the concert. Admission is $10 general, $5 seniors/students, and free for CSUB students with ID. Parking is free in Lots B and C. For more information, contact Soo-Yeon Chang at 661-654-2156 or

Guelaguetza Festival

For the second year, CSUB is hosting this annual festival celebrating the indigenous culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, with beautiful traditional dancing, music, food, and an artisan market. The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Outdoor Amphitheater at CSUB. Admission is $7.50 for adults and free for children under 12. Parking is free in Lot A. For more information, contact Hector Hernandez at 661-778-9159,, or visit

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and many contributions of U.S. citizens and immigrants who themselves or whose ancestors came from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain. For more information, visit

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