Celebrating Cultura: Cinco de Mayo Over The Ages
Free • Wednesday May 5 • 6 PM
Join us for a festive evening celebrating cultura with local educators and cultural arts aficionados with pláticas, music, poetry, stories, and reflections on the Chicano/Latinx experience celebrating el Cinco de Mayo since1863.
The Inlandia Institute in partnership with the Riverside Art Museum is excited to present a dynamic panel discussion about the significance of el Cinco de Mayo to Chicanos. Join José Chávez, Dr. Carlos Cortés, Jorge Mr. Blue Hernandez, Dr. Irene M. Sanchez, Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, and Frances J. Vásquez, to hear about cultural and historical perspectives of why Chicanos have embraced the pivotal Batalla de Puebla, which took place in México 159 years ago — on May 5, 1862.
José Chávez, a former teacher, dedicates his life to writing bilingual poetry. He has published two award-winning books for children and had poetry published in several journals including Acentos Review and Inlandia. His cultural heritage includes Chicano, Apache, and Pueblo. He was raised in Los Angeles.
Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor of History and currently co-director of the School of Medicine Health Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism initiative at the University of California, Riverside. He has served as Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications and was the Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!
Jorge Mr. Blue Hernandez, a former teacher of Chicano studies, is a Superior Court Judge for Riverside County. He’s a dedicated supporter of the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture, As Mr. Blue, he hosts a program on Radio Aztlan on KUCR 88.3 FM. Jorge is a lowrider enthusiast, collects Chicano art, and has a vast collection of early Chicano music.
Irene Sanchez, Ph.D. is a Xicana mama, teacher, poet and writer. She teaches high school Chicano/Latinx Studies. Her work has appeared in CNN, HuffPost, Public Radio International, Zocalo Public Square, and more. She has been featured by multiple public radio outlets. For more information www.irenesanchezphd.com.
Ofelia Valdez-Yeager is an immigrant from Mexico. She is a former educator and has committed considerable time advocating for inclusion, diversity and equity on the many boards and groups she has participated in. She serves as a trustee for the Riverside Art Museum and is the Campaign Chair for the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture.
Frances J. Vásquez is a native Inlandian of immigrant parents from México. She attended local schools and earned BS and MBA degrees from UC Riverside. An aficionada of arts and letters, she loves cultural events and served as a guide at RAM. She is director Emerita of the Inlandia institute.