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05/02/94

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Stanford Cinco de Mayo program recognizes cultural preservation, social themes

STANFORD -- The Stanford Chicano/Latino community is sponsoring a series of events during the month of May in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican national holiday that commemorates the historic battle of May 5, 1862, in which a small Mexican army defeated invading French colonial forces at the battle of Puebla.

This year, the Stanford Cinco de Mayo Program is dedicated to recognition of the importance of cultural preservation, political independence and social justice.

A faculty panel discussion, "Frontiers - Chicanos and Latinos: Identity and Activism in the 1990s," will be presented at 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4, at the Stanford Law School, Room 180. The event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Latino Law Students Association and the Chicano Graduate Student Association.

There will be a Cinco de Mayo student rally at noon Thursday, May 5, in White Plaza, sponsored by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA). The focus of the event will be issues of immigration, education (including higher education) and poverty.

A bicultural evening of poetry and discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 5 in Casa Zapata, Stern Hall. The poetry reading and "rap session," titled "Chicanindio Poetics," is sponsored by the Stanford Chicano Fellows Program and will feature poet- activist Raul Salinas. He will "explore the poetic intersections of Chicanismo, Indigenismo and the cross-cultural struggle for civil and human rights."

Salinas also will present a bilingual creative writing workshop at noon Saturday, May 7, in the Arturo Islas Conference Room at El Centro Chicano, Old Union.

A conference and workshops will be held Saturday, May 14, beginning at 8:30 a.m., co-sponsored by the Chicana women's group, Mujeres at Stanford, and by MEChA. It will be followed by an evening of music, beginning at 9 p.m. For conference registration and more information, call (415) 723-2089.

The dedication of the El Centro Chicano Library is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. The dedication will be followed by a reception at El Centro.

Ballet Folklorico de Stanford will perform "Concierto de La Primavera" on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. For concert information, call (415) 497-9270.

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