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Sept. 5, 2007


CSU Dominguez Hills Welcomes Author Sandra Cisneros

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 on campus

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 the book.

“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 Running,” 7 p.m., Loker Student Union Ballroom C.

Sept. 27—Comedy troupe Chicano Secret Service, 5:30-7 p.m., Loker Student Union Ballroom C.

The Loker Student Union and Welch Hall on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills is located off Victoria Street near 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.





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