PULLMAN, Wash. — A host of activities are scheduled at Washington State University March 2-7 during the university’s 1998 celebration of Semana de la Raza.
Using the theme “Education is Liberation … Educacion es Liberacion,” activities presented by the WSU Chicano/Latino community will include speakers, films, workshops, a banquet and more, according to Mareth Flores of the university Chicano/Latino Student Center.
One of the celebration’s highlights will be the annual Gabriel Cardenas Memorial Banquet, 6 p.m., March 7 in Stephenson Hall, honoring the former WSU student and community leader. Banquet proceeds go to an endowment fund in his name. Funds support a Chicano/Latino student scholarship.
Semana de la Raza 1998 activities include the Noche Cultural program, 7 p.m., March 2, Daggy Theatre; “Sleepy Lagoon,” film, 7 p.m., March 3, CUB Butch’s Den; Dolores Huerta Awards Reception, 7 p.m., March 4, CUB Cascade 123; and an informal discussion, “Initiative 200 … A Civil Rights Initiative?,” 7 p.m., March 5, Chicano/Latino Student Center, Wilson Hall.
At 6 p.m. on March 6, Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez, Albuquerque, N.M., authors of “The X in La Raza II-Uncut and Uncensored,” will speak in Todd Auditorium. Wife and husband, they have written a nationally syndicated newspaper column, “Latino Spectrum,” since 1994. A collection of their columns was released this past spring. They are currently working on a book about “racial and cultural mixtures” in the U.S. Gonzales, of Kikapu and Nahuatl Indian descent, is the first Latina syndicated columnist in the country and a Kellogg National Leadership Program fellow. Rodriguez, winner of state and national writing awards, is a senior writer for Black Issues in Higher Education.
On March 7 from 1-5 p.m., the Dia de la Familia celebration will be held in Todd Hall, followed by the Cardenas banquet at 6 p.m. and a dance at 9 p.m., both in Stephenson Downunder.
To purchase banquet tickets or for additional Semana de la Raza information, telephone Flores at 335-2616.