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Sept. 5, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CSU Dominguez Hills Welcomes Author
Carson, CA –Noted
Chicana author Sandra Cisneros will help kick off Latino
Heritage month on the campus of California State University,
Dominguez Hills with a reading Tuesday, Sept. 11.
WHO: Sandra Cisneros
WHAT: Reading, book signing as part of Latino Heritage Month
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6:15 reception, 7 p.m. event
WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Loker
Student Union Ballroom C
Cisneros will read excerpts from her books and her poetry,
as well as answer questions and sign her books at the event,
which begins at 7 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Donald P. and
Katherine B. Loker Student Union. A reception is at 6:15
p.m. Both are free and open to the public.
Born in Chicago to a Mexican father
and Mexican-American mother, Cisneros infuses her writings
with her experiences
growing up in a multicultural environment. Her first novella, “The
House on Mango Street,” about a young Chicana living
in Chicago, was published in 1988 and quickly became a coming-of-age
classic. It is required reading in many high schools and
universities across the country and has been translated into
numerous languages. Her second book, “Carmelo,” published
in 2002, also received critical acclaim, as has her collection
of short stories, “Women Hollering Creek and Other
Stories,” and her books of poetry, “My Wicked,
Wicked Ways” and “Loose Woman.”
Gayle Elliott, CSUDH professor of
literature and creative writing in interdisciplinary studies
and humanities who annually
participates in Cisneros’ Macando Workshop, said “House
on Mango Street” resonates so well cross-culturally
because readers can relate to the every day qualities in
“She brings us the world in poignant detail, illumining
the ordinary so that we see the beauty, the magic, the possibility
in the every day,” Elliott said.
Irene Vasquez, chair of Chicana/Chicano studies, which along
with interdisciplinary studies and students in Phi Iota Alpha
Fraternity is coordinating the Latino Heritage Month events,
said she is excited to have Cisneros kick off the campus
celebration, which will also include a visit on Sept. 20
from another well-known and award-winning Chicano writer,
Luis Rodriguez. Hosting these prestigious writers, both of
whom have influenced mainstream America, will further contribute
to the enjoyment and understanding of Latino cultures and
experiences, a main goal of Latino Heritage Month at Dominguez
Hills, Vasquez said.
“Our activities underscore the multicultural and multiethnic
experience of Latinos, which can appeal to everyone on campus,” she
said, adding that for this second annual event numerous departments
and individuals contributed to make it happen. “This
is truly a campuswide event. We’re excited because
the students, staff, faculty and administrators came together
to ensure the celebration of Latino Heritage Month.”
Other Latino Heritage Month events:
Sept. 12—Faculty and student panel
discussion on the significance of Latin America’s Independence
chaired by Professor Ivonne Heinze-Balcazar; Welch Hall D-176.
Call for time.
Sept. 20—Luis Rodriquez, author of “Always
p.m., Loker Student Union Ballroom C.
Sept. 27—Comedy troupe Chicano
Secret Service, 5:30-7 p.m., Loker Student Union Ballroom
The Loker Student Union and Welch Hall
on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills is located off Victoria
Tamcliff Street in the
city of Carson. Metered parking lots are within walking distance.
Permits are $3 and can be purchased at yellow kiosk machines
on the perimeter of each lot.
For more information, call (310) 243-3327.
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California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse,
urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the
Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on
its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment.
Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology,
business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs
include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure
studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is
the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts
world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.