WMU News

Events planned on migrant farmworkers

March 12, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- A series of free events on the topic "America's Migrant Farmworker: The Bigger Picture" will be presented at Western Michigan University March 23 through April 3.

The highlight will be a photographic exhibit commissioned by the National Center for Farmworker Health that will be on display in the third floor rotunda area of Waldo Library. The 40 photographs by Alan Pogue are intended to enhance public understanding of the conditions endured by migrant farmworkers, many of them in Southwest Michigan.

The exhibit, which has traveled around the country, will be available for viewing March 23 through April 3 during regular library hours: 7:45 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays; 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to midnight Sundays.

On Thursday, March 26, WMU's King/Chavez/Parks College Day Program and the Kalamazoo Hispanic American Council will sponsor local high school students in a one-day campus visitation that will include information on college preparation, a student panel discussion and viewing of the photo exhibit.

Also on March 26, a session titled "Traditional Healing Practices and Other Realities of Migrant Life" is set for 4 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. Alicia Urbina, a traditional Mexican healer, will discuss health beliefs and healing practices in the Mexican-American community. Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion by WMU students on the realities of migrant life.

"Celebrating the Life of Cesar Chavez: 1927-1993" will be the topic of a program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. A video on the founder of the United Farmworkers of America will be followed by a discussion on migrant work issues.

The final event in the series will be a brown bag luncheon discussion on "Migrant Farmworker Health" at noon Thursday, April 2, in the Stewart Tower Conference Room on the third floor of the University Computing Center.

The events are being sponsored by WMU's Rural Health Education Program, College of Health and Human Services, Division of Minority Affairs, King/Chavez/Parks College Day Program, Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations and Hispanic Student Organization as well as the Kalamazoo Hispanic American Council and InterCare Community Health Network.

For more information, persons may call (616) 387-2681.

Media contact: Ruth Stevens; ruth.stevens@wmich.edu

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