2013-14 Diversity Series 

Worldviews, Knowledge and Practice

What is the Diversity Series

Since 2005 Yakima Valley Community College has partnered with several local area organizations to host events and lectures through the annual Diversity Series.

The events provide YVCC the opportunity to bring diverse perspectives to everyday topics and push the boundaries of the term beyond race, gender, social class, and sexuality.

The series benefits the college and the greater community by extending the concept of education beyond the classroom.

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 YVCC 2013/2014 Diversity Series – Worldviews, Knowledge and Practice

Continues on March 13


Yakima Valley Community College's annual diversity series Worldviews, Knowledge and Practice will continue on March 13. Diversity Series events are free and open to the public.


Allied Arts Latino Cultural Film Series cosponsored by YVCC Diversity Series, Heritage University, The Seasons Performance Hall

March 6th: Hecho en Mexico

The Seasons Performance Hall, 7:30pm-9:00pm


The last few years have been difficult for Mexico. All the news seems to be bad. But there is a different reality, hidden in everyday life. In this unique cinematrografico project director Duncan Bridgeman interweaves songs with unique conversations achieving a beautiful result. The film showcases the richness of Mexican music both young and old, from traditional music to pop rock and rap blended with interviews from Diego Luna, Lila Downs and many more leading personalities. The result is an inspiring and often funny musical road trip through modern day "Mexicanity," which resonates globally. A facilitated discussion will follow after the film. Information provided by: http://www.hechoenmexicolapelicula.com/.


March 13th: El Mariachi Gringo

The Seasons Performance Hall, 7:30pm-9:00pm


Edward is a young man living in a small American town, whose life seems to make sense until he meets Albert, a Mexican who in his youth was mariachi. Edward soon finds passion in traditional Mexican music and travels to Guadalajara with one goal; to become Mariachi. On his journey he learns that to achieve your dreams he will have to sacrifice many things. Mariachi Gringo explores through music, the pursuit of a dream, despite cultural, personal, social, and geographical barriers. A facilitated discussion will follow after the film. Information provided by: http://www.elmariachigringo.com/la-pelicula.html.


March 20th: Bless Me, Ultima

The Seasons Performance Hall, 7:30pm-9:00pm



Based on the controversial novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima is a turbulent coming-of-age story about Antonio Morez, young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera named Ultima comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question the strict Catholic doctrine that he has been taught by his parents. Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events Antonio must grapple with questions about his own destiny, the relationship between good vs. evil and ultimately how to reconcile Ultimas powers with those of the Good of his church. A facilitated discussion will follow after the film. Information provided by: http://www.blessmeultima.com


The Allied Arts Latino Cultural Film Series is cosponsored by Heritage University, The Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima Valley Museum, and Yakima Valley Community College.


April 17th: A Sea Change

YVCC's Parker Room, 7:00pm

Cosponsored by Yakima Environmental Learning Foundation


Imagine a world without fish. A Sea Change documents how the pH balance of the oceans has changed dramatically since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. With near unanimity, scientists now agree that the burning of fossil fuels is fundamentally reshaping ocean chemistry. Experts predict that over the next century, steady increases in carbon dioxide emissions and the continued rise in the acidity of the oceans will cause many of the world's fisheries to experience a total bottom-up collapse--a state that could last for millions of years. A Sea Change broadens the discussion about the dramatic changes we are seeing in the chemistry of the oceans, and conveys the urgent threat those changes pose to our survival, while surveying the steps we can take to reduce the severity of climate change. Information provided by: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/seachn.html.


Additional events will be hosted throughout the academic year. For more information: visit www.yvcc.edu/diversity / 574-6800 ext. 3151 / mcuevas@yvcc.edu