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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - Evening Program
"Tierra de Nadie": The Claremont Colleges and the Mexican Community
Matthew Garcia

Mexican people have contributed their lives to the development of the Claremont Colleges. Arbol Verde has been one source of that contribution and a home to the area’s earliest Mexican residents. While this relationship has produced more than a century of learning, it has also generated tensions over land and labor. Matthew J. Garcia, professor of Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies and History at Dartmouth College, shows why this relationship has been fraught but remains a potential source of pride for both communities.

Matthew J. Garcia is professor of Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies and History at Dartmouth College. He previously taught at Arizona State University, Brown University, University of Oregon, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His book, A World of Its Own: Race, Labor and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 won the award for the best book in oral history by the Oral History Association in 2003. His most recent book, From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement, won the Philip Taft Award for the Best Book in Labor History, 2013.  He is the co-editor of Food Across Borders with Melanie DuPuis and Don Mitchell published by Rutgers University Press in 2017. Garcia also served as the outreach director and co-primary investigator for the Bracero Archive Project, which received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in 2008, and was the recipient of the Best Public History Award by the National Council for Public History in 2009-2010. 

He was born in Upland, California and graduated from Damien High School in La Verne. He completed his Ph.D. in History at the Claremont Graduate University in 1997.

Professor Garcia's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the history department at CMC.

View Video: YouTube with Matthew Garcia

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - Evening Program
The Theatrical Tradition of India
Gaurav Saini

Gaurav Saini, actor, director, film maker, and theatre instructor, will introduce Rasa theory and practice through a brief exploration of the nine Rasas (major emotions) as outlined in Bharata's Natyashatra. Rasa embodies a concept in Indian arts about the aesthetic flavor of any visual, literary or musical work, that evokes an emotion or but that cannot be described in words. Rasa participants will experience different breathing techniques and explore basic movements from Indian dance-theatre forms and discuss the fundamental aesthetic theory underlying the classical and folk performing arts of India.

Gaurav Saini is an actor, director, film maker, and theatre instructor. He conducts workshops in theatre and theatre therapy for individuals and institutions. He started his journey in theatre with Barry John, first as a student of acting and then as an assistant teacher. He has explored many forms and approaches to theatre, including highly physical and rigorous forms of training in traditional Indian dance and martial arts forms and Western theatre. He is also a martial artist, with a black belt in Thang-Ta, and training in Aikido, Kalarippayattu, Tai-Chi, and Judo. He is affiliated with NIRMAN, a non-profit organization based in Varanasi, India.