The public is invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and join guest speaker Dr. Felipe Hinojosa, Texas A&M University, as he speaks on "The Legacy of the Farmworker Movement in Texas," beneath the historic 1893 dance pavilion in a Chautauqua-style presentation.
Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the average American, before mass media. Named after Chautauqua Lake where the first was held, Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America."
The Chautauqua will be held in conjunction with the Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, “In His Own Words: The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez,” open to visitors from Sept. 27–Nov. 30, 2014.
Hinojosa is an assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He received his PhD in history from the University of Houston and has published articles on race, the Chicano movement and War on Poverty in Texas, Latino/a religion, and the relationship between ethnic studies and religious studies. His teaching and research interests include Latina/o-Chicana/o studies, American religion, social movements, gender, and comparative race and ethnicity. Hinojosa is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Hispanic Theological Initiative Dissertation Fellowship and a First Book Grant for Minority Scholars from the Louisville Institute. Hinojosa’s new book, Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture, was published in 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press.
This program is made position in part by a grant from the Humanities Texas.
For additional information about Dr. Felipe Hinojosa, visit the TAMU website.