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Luis Valdez to be keynote speaker at César Chávez Convocation May 16

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to recognize and celebrate the life and legacy of César Chávez at the Second Annual César Chávez Convocation on May 16 at 7 p.m. in the College Nine/College Ten Multipurpose Room. Luis Valdez, artistic director and founder of El Teatro Campesino, will be the keynote speaker.

photo of Luis Valdez

Playwright, director, and filmmaker Luis Valdez will be the keynote speaker at the César Chávez Convocation.

Valdez is an acclaimed playwright and theater director, a filmmaker, and screenwriter. He wrote Zoot Suit, the first Latino play on Broadway, La Bamba, and many plays that involve radical activist theater, including La Carpa De Los Rasquaches, Corridos, El Fin Del Mundo, Soldado Razo, The Dark Root of a Scream, and Mummified Deer. His work addresses the Chicano experience in America. A biography of Luis Valdez, written by Janice Albert for the California Writers Series, is available online at

Planning for the convocation is ongoing. If you are interested in becoming involved or if you have any questions, call (831) 459-5608 or (831) 459-5449.

The César Chávez Convocation is sponsored by Colleges Nine and Ten, El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center, Educational Opportunity Programs, and Oakes College.


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