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The 1965 Delano Grape Strike: Exploring New Perspectives

The Walter Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), along with the Public History Institute, in partnership with Bakersfield College, will explore the 1965 Delano Grape Strike over three days of events from September 24 through 26, recognizing the 50th anniversary of this milestone in American labor history. The events at CSUB are intended to coincide with a number of events scheduled at Bakersfield College on Thursday, September 24.

On Friday, September 25, CSUB library’s Walter Presents series will also feature programming on the Grape Strike. Beginning at 1 p.m., the documentary film Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farmworkers will be screened with director Marissa Aroy. From 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. a panel discussion entitled “The History and Legacy of the Strike” will discuss the history and legacy of the Grape Strike with activist Lorraine Agtang, Dr. Dawn Mabalon of San Francisco State University, Dr. Mario Sifuentez of University of California, Merced, and Dr. Todd Holmes, Post-Doctoral Scholar at Stanford University. An authors’ panel featuring Dr. Matt Garcia, author of From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement, and Miriam Pawel, author of The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, will discuss their award-winning research from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 26, the Public History Institute presents a play, In and Out of Shadows, by Gary Soto, author of eleven poetry collections for adults and has had work published in many literary magazines, and is a winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts. Gary Soto was also born and raised in the Central Valley. The play will be held in the Doré Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and is free for students of all ages with a valid student I.D., and general admission is $5.00.


Lisa Kerr, Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator, CSUB

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