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Events - Fall 2017
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Rancho Campus
CAA 2nd floor
through December 15

OAXACALIFORNIA & Rainbow Apocalypse
art displays in the elevator vestibule and lobby

September 20

Rancho Campus
September 20

Truth Be Told: A Panel Discussion of Immigration Stories
hosted by Danny Keener

A panel discussion of immigration stories. Each panelist will tell her/his story and we will have time for a Q and A at the end.

Rancho Campus
September 27
Call Congress!!
Fontana Campus
September 27
A Better Life
Film & Discussion
Fontana Campus
October 3

Gary Soto
Reading & Discussion

Internationally known author and poet Gary Soto will be reading from his new book on Tuesday, October 3rd at 4:30 pm in FNLC 120 on the Fontana campus. Gary Soto is a prolific, widely-read writer and an animated and engaging reader of his work. He is considered to be one of the founders of contemporary Latino-American Literature.

Gary Soto has published more than forty books for children, young adults and adults, including Baseball in April, Living Up the Street, A Summer Life, Buried Onions and The Afterlife. He is the author of “Oranges,” the most anthologized poem in contemporary literature. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (twice). His New and Selected Poems was a 1995 finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 1999, he was featured as NBC Person of Week for his advocacy for reading. His books have sold four million copies nationwide and have been translated into French, Japanese, Italian, Korean, and Spanish. The Gary Soto Literary Museum is located at Fresno City College. He lives in Berkeley, California. 

Gary Soto will focus his presentation on his new book Meatballs for the People: Proverbs to Chew On. Books will be available for sale, and refreshments will be provided.

This event is open to the community and is suitable for middle school students and up, so tell your friends and family!


Rancho Campus
October 23
12:30- 2pm

The Legacy of the Bracero
The Bracero Program, which brought millions of Mexican guest workers to the United States to cover wartime labor shortages, ended more than four decades ago. Current debates about immigration policy‐including discussions about a new guest worker program‐have put the program back in the news and made it all the more important to understand this often forgotten chapter
of American history.

Hear their stories, learn the history and discuss how the legacy of the Braceros impacts immigration and stereotypes today.

Featuring Guest Speaker
Renee Barrera Slider (Chaffey College alumna)

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Chino Campus
October 24

State of Exception: Border Crossing as a Social Process
Please join us for this interactive event that will focus on what immigrants leave behind as they journey to America.

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Rancho Campus
October 25

Unknown / Unrealistic: Immigrants on Screen
Watch and discuss video clips of immigrants and people of color in movies and television shows. From Fox news to Hamilton, from West Side Story to Master of None, how have the portrayals of immigrants and immigration changed (or not) in the last few years.

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Rancho Campus
November 1
The Life & Death of the 1st Amendment
Rancho Campus
November 9
3:30 - 5:30pm
Comedy Night with Chris Garcia
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Chris Garcia started his comedy career in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was named “A Comic To Watch” by the San Jose Mercury News, “One of the 7 Funniest People in San Francisco” by 7×7 Magazine, and a “Rising Comedic Star” by the SF Weekly.

Chris moved back to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012. Since then, he has appeared on Comedy Central’s @Midnight and Adam Devine’s House Party, NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, NPR’s This American Life and The WTF Podcast with Marc Maron. Most recently, Chris was a New Face at the 2016 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, where he was bestowed the honor of “Best of the Fest.”

Chris’s other festival appearances include The New York Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, Riot LA, Outside Lands, the Humboldt Comedy Festival, and The Akumal Comedy Festival in Mexico.

As a writer, Chris has worked as the Editor for, has written for the 2015 CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase and has contributed to The Eric Andre Show, The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, The MTV Movie Awards, MSN, Yahoo, Bing, Nick Mom, Fast Company, Revision 3 and Life & Style Magazine. Chris has also written and recorded music that has been featured on Comedy Central Insider and MTV Tr3s. He recently completed the NHMC’s Television Writer’s Program for the second time, an ABC and NBC sponsored intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Latinos writer’s for success in network television.

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Rancho Campus
November 15

The Book [Discussion] of Unknown Americans
hosted by Danny Keener, Laura Picklesimer & Deckard Hodge

Rancho/Chino/Fontana Campus
due November 27

Multicultural Poetry Contest
Are you longing to write a poem? Exercise your creative talent!

Step 1 Choose a book from the display of multicultural books (Courageous Conversations of the Cultures) in the Library at the Rancho, Chino or Fontana campus. Choose any book from this collection that interests you. It can be biography, fiction, poetry…any book in this display.

Step 2
On your cover page, write: Your name and Chaffey id number Chaffey email address Phone number Title and author of the book A short statement of one to three sentences on why the book inspired you.

Step 3
Write a Poem related to the book in some way. It must be no longer than one page. It can rhyme or be free verse (not rhyme).
Did a character inspire you? Perhaps a place? Did you have a similar experience to one of the characters in the book?
Submissions are due Monday, November 27th by 4:00pm at the Library on either the Rancho, Chino or Fontana campus. There will be three prizes of $50 Chaffey College Bookstore gift cards.

This contest is co-sponsored by the One Book One College Committee and the Chaffey College Library and supported by the Chaffey College Bookstore.

For more information, contact Sean Connelly, English Professor (; Deanna Hernandez, English Professor (; or Shelley Marcus, Reference Librarian (

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