Friday, January 27, 2012

And The Banned Played On

Worthwhile Books for Your Library
(coincidentally, banned, [confiscated, outlawed?] in Arizona)

The information contained in these books is dangerous. Complacency, racism, and injustice fear these books. You've been warned.
Manuel Ramos

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction
Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
NYU Press, 2001

[from the publisher]
For well over a decade, critical race theory—the school of thought that holds that race lies at the very nexus of American life—has roiled the legal academy. In recent years, however, the fundamental principles of the movement have influenced other academic disciplines, from sociology and politics to ethnic studies and history.

And yet, while the critical race theory movement has spawned dozens of conferences and numerous books, no concise, accessible volume outlines its basic parameters and tenets. Here, then, from two of the founders of the movement, is the first primer on one of the most influential intellectual movements in American law and politics.

500 Años Del Pueblo Chicano / 500 Years of Chicano History: In Pictures
edited by Elizabeth Martinez
Southwest Community Resources, 1990 (expanded edition)

"One of the most motivating books on the Chicano experience as far as working class people and students are concerned...The visual quality adds a fantastic dimension to the understanding of our past." ~ Dr. Rodolfo F. Acuna, California State University, Northridge.

Message to Aztlán: Selected Writings
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, edited by Antonio Esquibel
Arte Público Press, 2001

[from the publisher]
In Message to Aztlán, Dr. Antonio Esquibel, Professor Emeritus of Metropolitan State College of Denver, has compiled the first collection of Gonzales' diverse writings: the original I Am Joaquín (1976), along with a new Spanish translation, seven major speeches (1968-78); two plays, The Revolutionist and A Cross for Malcovio (1966-67); various poems written during the 1970's, and a selection of letters. These varied works demonstrate the evolution of Gonzales' thought on human and civil rights. Any examination of the Chicano movement is incomplete without this volume. Eight pages of photographs accompany the text.

Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

F. Arturo Rosales
Arte Público Press, 1996

[from the publisher]
Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement is the most comprehensive account of the arduous struggle by Mexican Americans to secure and protect their civil rights. It is also a companion volume to the critically acclaimed, four-part documentary series of the same title, which is now available on video from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Both this published volume and the video series are a testament to the Mexican American community’s hard-fought battle for social and legal equality as well as political and cultural identity.

Occupied America: A History of Chicanos
Rodolfo F. Acuña
Pearson, 2011 (7th edition)

[from the publisher]
Authored by one of the most influential and highly-regarded voices of Chicano history and ethnic studies, Occupied America is the most definitive introduction to Chicano history. This comprehensive overview of Chicano history is passionately written and extensively researched. With a concise and engaged narrative, and timelines that give students a context for pivotal events in Chicano history, Occupied America illuminates the struggles and decisions that frame Chicano identity today.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Paulo Freire
Continuum, 2000 (30th anniversary edition)

[from the publisher]
First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire's work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm. With a substantive new introduction on Freire's life and the remarkable impact of this book by writer and Freire confidant and authority Donaldo Macedo, this anniversary edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed will inspire a new generation of educators, students, and general readers for years to come.
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Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years
edited by Bill Bigelow, Bob Peterson
Rethinking Schools, 2003 (2d edition)

[from the publisher]
We need to listen to a wider range of voices. We need to hear from those whose lands and rights were taken away by those who "discovered" them. Their stories, too often suppressed, tell of 500 years of courageous struggle, and the lasting wisdom of native peoples. Understanding what really happened to them in 1492 is key to understanding why people suffer the same injustices today. More than 80 essays, poems, interviews, historical vignettes, and lesson plans reevaluate the myth of Columbus and issues of indigenous rights. Rethinking Columbus is packed with useful teaching ideas for kindergarten through college.


JAN 17 – FEB 17

[from the Regis University News]

SalazarRegis University’s O’Sullivan Art Gallery will feature Tu y Yo, an exhibit of installation art and video art by Maruca and Daniel Salazar, Jan. 17 through Feb. 17, 2012.

An opening reception is slated from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Jan. 26 and a gallery talk by both artists is at 7 p.m. Feb. 9.

Since June 2003, Maruca has been an arts specialist Northwest Area, Denver Public Schools, and prior to that was the visual arts coordinator for Denver Public Schools. She is also the executive director of the Museo de las Americas in Denver. Her dual career in education and the arts includes a history of initiating, organizing, and executing innovative programs and projects with students and teachers, including some that have achieved regional and national recognition. She has a master’s degree in Literature and Linguistics/Visual Arts from the University of Colorado.

Since 1988, Daniel has been an artist and producer-director for RAZALAS studios/impossible artz. As a working artist in the areas of photography and cinematography, Daniel has had his works displayed in numerous art photography exhibitions, including international credits. He is a producer-director of some 12 PBS documentaries and experimental animations. He is the recipient of national level awards and screenings including: Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2006; Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, Flor y Canto, Champions of Change 2008; and Denver Biennial, Museo de las Americas, Liberadores/Liberadors 2010.

O’Sullivan Art Gallery hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. 3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver, CO 80221

For more information, contact Robert St. John, O’Sullivan Art Gallery and Studio manager, at 303-964-3634.

Why Not... Daniel Luna


February 2, 2012


6:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. Member Reception- Free for Members

7:00 p.m. Public Reception- Admission $5.00

Featuring an aria performance by Opera Colorado from

Florencia en el Amazonas.

861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

The Museo de las Americas presents Why Not....

There is no other artist in Colorado that can claim to be a "Regional Mythologist." Daniel Luna's paintings of chickens crying over a frying pan of eggs or a native woman holding a toaster to roast watermelons will remind you of a magic that reality holds within our dreams.

Join us for a night full of illusion.

Cocktails and appetizers will be provided.

Enrique's Journey: January 27 - February 4
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning work of Sonia Nazario
Best New Play 2011 Denver Post Ovation Winner

Amorcito Corazón/ Daniel Valdez in Concert: February 9 - 11
Romantic, raucous and revolutionary. Singer/Composer/Grammy Award-winner. Backed by Jazz del Barrio, Daniel will offer many moods but one singularly beautiful voice.

Water & Power: March 8-25
Written by Richard Montoya for Culture Clash, directed by Phil Luna. L.A. Times Theatre Critic's Award winner and soon to be a major motion picture; a moody "stage noir" about power & politics told with a pulsing city beat.

Placas: April 25-28
Written by Paul S. Flores (PEN Award), directed by John Michael Garces, featuring Ric Salinas (Culture Clash). "Placas" is barrio slang for a graffiti tag, a nickname, or a tattoo. Placas is the story of three generations caught in civil and gang warfare.

Tickets: $20/general; $17/students and seniors.
For tickets/info: 303-296-0219.

El Centro Su Teatro
721 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


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