Bittersweet Harvest Exhibit Holds Opening Reception

When September 14, 2017, 5:30 PM
Where J. Murrey Atkins Library, Halton Reading Room
Website Bittersweet Harvest guides
Speaker(s) Mireya Loza, Smithsonian curator and author
Registration Details & Deadlines
Cost FREE
Who is Invited Faculty, staff, students, general public, UNC Charlotte campus community
Parking Details Visitor parking available at Cone Deck

Join Atkins Library to celebrate the opening of “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” a moving new bilingual exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibit will be on display from September 2 – November 12, 2017 on the first floor of the library.

Faculty from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences helped with planning the program for the exhibit, including Benny Andres of History, Greg Weeks of Political Science and Public Administration and Aura Lawson-Alonso of Languages & Culture Studies. Funding for the program is supported by Atkins Library, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund.

Bittersweet Harvest examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican American history and historical background to today’s debates on guest worker programs. Consisting of 15 freestanding, illustrated banners, the exhibition combines recent scholarship, powerful photographs from the Smithsonian’s collection, and audio excerpts from oral histories contributed by former contract workers.

The opening reception features guest speaker, Mireya Loza, Smithsonian curator and author of Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom. The talk will begin at 6:15 p.m. Campus and local community organizations will be featured at the event from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. during the reception.

 

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