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Ithaca College to Screen Documentary on 'Untold' History of Latinos in the U.S.

 ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College will host a screening of the documentary “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America” on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Free and open to the public, the film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, “Harvest of Empire” takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

The film provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community. It features present-day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material and interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Lorenzo Meyer, journalist Maria Hinojosa and poet Martín Espada.

Following the film, Park Center for Independent Media director Jeff Cohen will host an audience Q&A with Patricia Rodriguez, assistant professor of politics; and Gustavo Licon, assistant professor in the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.

The screening is sponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media, which will also be bringing Juan González to campus for a free public presentation on Monday, February 25. Based on his latest book, “News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media,” his talk will take take place at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award for investigative journalism, González cohosts the daily television/radio news program “Democracy Now!”

For more information, contact Jeff Cohen at jcohen@ithaca.edu.



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