'History, Public Memory, and Creating the Bracero Archive' by Dr. Mario Sifuentez

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: 205 Gorgas Library
Cost: free 

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Dr. Mario Sifuentez, a professor at the University of California-Merced and one of the creators of the exhibit "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964", will lecture on the "History, Public Memory, and Creating the Bracero Archive" on Monday, February 18 at 6 p.m. in Gorgas Library, Room 205. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Through photographs and audio excerpts from oral histories, the traveling Smithsonian exhibition examines the experiences of workers in the Bracero program, which was begun in 1942 to fill labor shortages in agriculture and the railroads caused by World War II.  By the time the program was ended in 1964, an estimated 4.6 million workers had been part of the program.

For more information, visit www.ams.ua.edu/braceros.

This exhibit is part of "Through the Doors," a year-long series of activities and events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of UA in 1963 and honoring the courage and dedication of the two African American students who enrolled in the University on June 11, 1963 as well as the University's ongoing commitment to change over the past 50 years and to continued progress in the future.

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