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Saddleback College
Multicultural Friendship Club and Cross-Cultural Studies Program Present:

"A Bilingual Education Discussion"

Saturday, March 21, 1998
3 PM - 7 PM
BGS 210

Saddleback College is located at
28000 Marguerite Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Information: Catalina Rodriguez (714) 487-7336 or Alberto Ortega (714) 687-5115
Ana Maria Cobos
Saddleback College Library
(714) 582-4542 voice (714) 582-4753 fax

CineFestival - San Antonio, Texas

he Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's 21st annual San Antonio CineFestival, the nation's oldest International Chicano/Latino film and video festival, seeks works by, for and about the Chicano and Latino experience. This year's festival takes place from June 10-14 and will include additional venues and screenings in conjunction with the Latino Laugh Festival at San Antonio. 1998 Screening Formats: 35mm, 16mm, 3/4" and 1/2" video. Preview on NTSC ½ video only. Entry fees: $25.00 non students, $10.00 students (high school). Awards will be given in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, First Work/Emerging Artist and will include a special Jury Award. In house deadline: April 9. Note: As of Feb. 10th Call For Entries can be downloaded at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's webpage at:

For additional information contact: Ray Santisteban, Director of Media Arts, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1300 Guadalupe St. San Antonio, TX 78207-5519. (210) 271-3151 Fax:(210) 271- 3480 or

Contacts:  Andy Bastien/Larry Montoya
           1314 N. Wilton Place
           Hollywood, CA  90028
           FAX  (213)465-1503

           NOSOTROS To Present Rudolfo Anaya's "AY, Compadre!"
      A Delightful Mature Comedy About Aging Latino Baby Boomers
                     Struggling With Midlife Crisis

        HOLLYWOOD  (Jan. 22, 1998):  The Nosotros Theatre will launch its1998 season, Feb. 5, by presenting Rudolfo Anaya's critically acclaimed
play, "Ay Compadre!", a hilarious mature comedy about two Latino "Baby Boomer" couples struggling with a variety of delicate issues, including lack of sexual desire and cultural isolation.
        The English-language play, which is co-produced with the Latino Ensemble de San Diego, will run through March 15 at the Nosotros Theatre, located at 1314 N. Wilton Place in Hollywood.  Performances are scheduled Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.  General admission tickets are $15, students and seniors $13.  Group rates available.  For ticket information, call Nosotros at (213)465-4167.
        "Ay Compadre!", an adult comedy with mature themes, takes a light-hearted yet poignant snapshot of aging compadres, Ignacio and
Daniel, who are entering the autumn of their lives.  The two best buddies are compadres, which is an extension of the Latino family.  They work
their way out of the bario to live out the "American Dream" with fancy homes and successful careers.  Despite their middle class trappings,
"Iggy" and Daniel feel an emptiness in their lives and fight to regain their lust for life and for their wives.
        As their macho husbands deal with midlife crisis, Linda and Helen face menopause and questions about their own sexual desirability.  The
proud Latinas long for more love and passion, and reminisce about their first sexual experiences.
        In the play, Daniel seems to be losing his "chispa" (spark) while trying to light the barbecue.  The two couples use the ill-fated cookout
to ponder the past, present and futures of their marriages, and to fantasize about unbridled sexual passion.  Meanwhile, Steven, Daniel and
Linda's "Americanized" son, raises the anxiety level when he brings home his new Anglo girlfriend, Ashley, for the first time.
        "Ay Compadre!", which employs plenty of saucy Spanish-language, tracks the compadres and their wives as they sort through the physical and emotional uncertainties.

Director Latino-Latin American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences position

The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University seeks a Director for its Latino-Latin American Studies Program.  The Director will hold appointment as an Associate or Full Professor in an academic department of the College of Arts and Sciences; the search is being conducted by an all-college committee.  In addition to directing the Program, the Director will be expected to make a major contribution to teaching and scholarship in Latino Studies.

Syracuse University boasts a vibrant and growing population of Latino/a students, and has publicly affirmed its commitment to diversity as one of the institution’s core values.  Latino-Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that supports and encourages teaching and scholarship in both Latino Studies and in Latin American Studies broadly conceived.  The College offers a major in Latino-Latin American Studies, a minor in Latin American Studies, and is developing a minor in Latino studies.  Program courses draw upon a variety of offerings from throughout the College and University.

The Director, who reports to the Associate Dean for Curriculum, Instruction and Programs, is charged with providing general administrative leadership for this interdisciplinary program.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant Arts and Sciences discipline, a strong record of scholarship, and a commitment to excellent teaching.

Salary competitive.  The Search Committee will review applications until the position is filled.  Syracuse University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send a letter of application addressing teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to:

Stewart Thau
Associate Dean for Programs, Curriculum and Instruction
College of Arts and Sciences
441 Hall of Languages
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13224-1170

The San Diego Latino Film Festival

Contact:        Ethan van Thillo, (619) 230-1938 or

Centro Cultural de la Raza's Fifth Annual Latino Film Festival

The San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 3-7, 1998, CA.  The Centro Cultural de la Raza is proud to present The San Diego Latino Film Festival. In the last four years, some 200 extraordinary Latino student films and videos have been screened at venues across San Diego and Baja California to some 5000 people. The festival, known then as "Cine Estudiantil", has been the largest annual Latino/Chicano film and video festival in Southern California. Award-winning student films/videos from throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America have been screened. In addition, distinguished filmmakers and actors such as Edward James Olmos, Sandra Osawa, Nancy de los Santos, David Maciel, Carlos Avila, Diane Reyna, Rosalinda Fregoso and many others have shared their passion for the medium and its challenges with students, aspiring filmmakers and general audiences.

This year's festival, The San Diego Latino Film Festival, has evolved to include feature works by established and emerging Latino filmmakers from the United States, Mexico and Latin America. We are currently seeking submissions for our fifth annual festival and would like you to submit your latest work.  As in previous years, The San Diego Latino Film Festival will include
screenings throughout the San Diego and Tijuana community, discussions with filmmakers, and a catalogue of all films and videos screened!  Don't miss this great opportunity to get your film or video seen!

Selection Process: A panel of distinguished curators from the San Diego and Tijuana community will select the films and videos to be screened during the festival.  The curators will be looking for the following to determine entry into the festival: 1. Works made 'By', 'about', or 'for' the Chicano/Latino community.  2. Artistic Merit (Work shows technical and/or aesthetic excellence in the use of such elements as screenplay, cinematography, sound, lighting, etc.).  3. Produced between 1994-1997.  Formats: 35mm, 16mm (preview on cassette), 3/4", 1/2".

For more information contact:
Ethan van Thillo,
The San Diego Latino Film Festival,
c/o Centro Cultural de la Raza,
2125 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101,
(619) 230-1938,

Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois has Graduate Fellowship opportunities for Chicano/Mexican-American students seeking Graduate or Professional program entry. These fellowships are often over $10,000 per year and include all tuition. For more information check out Northwestern University's WEB Page, and look under Graduate Studies and then Minority Affairs. The contact in the department is Penny Warren. 

The Los Angeles Mexican Cultural Institute is holds Cultural Lecture Series on a regular basis. Please call them for more info.

I attended the Popular Art presentation by Mr Beltran on Oct 9th. It was a wonderful presentation concerning Mexico's indigenous art. He showed slides of the indigenous art from all over Mexico and I was very impressed by the uniqueness and beauty in the art. It was incredible. The atmosphere at the Institute was one of great acceptance and pride in our indigenous past.

Some Previous Topics are:
Oct 9, 1996 Mexican Popular Art, Alberto Beltran
Oct 16, 1996 Mexican Architecture from Pre-Hispanic times to the Present, Luis Ortiz Macedo
Oct 23, 1996 Conquest and Colonization of Mexico by Spain, Raul Cardiel Reyes
Oct 30, 1996 The Baroque Art of New Spain, Elisa Vargaslugo
Nov 6, 1996  Plurality of Mexican Sculpture, Beatriz de la Fuente

I attended the Conquest and Colonization of Mexico Lecture. It was outstanding and the opinions and comments of the audience and speaker were enlightening.

All Lecturers are members of the prestigious Seminario de Cultura Mexicana, an organization composed of the highest respected scholars in Mexico.

Lectures are presented in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.

Location is at Olvera Street (downtown):
125 Paseo de la Plaza, suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012
RSVP: PH (213) 624-3660 FAX (213) 624-9387

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