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¡Chicana Power!, Cultural Connections Book Club

Join us on for a discussion of ¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement by Maylei Blackwell with the Cultural Connections Book Club on Wednesday, February 17 at 2 pm, at the Branigan Cultural Center.

Dr. Blackwell’s book is the first large-scale study of the role of women in the Chicano movement in the 1960s-1970s in California and the Southwest. Using oral history and archival documents, the author examines the contested meanings of gender and sexuality within the growing Chicano Movement. She discusses the ways that women incorporated their calls for gender equality within the greater conversation about Chicano identity.

The Cultural Connections Book Club reads works on the cultures and history of the Southwest. The Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. Although we encourage you to read the book prior to the discussion, all visitors are welcome to the conversation even if they have not yet read the book featured that month. Books can be found at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library as well as local bookstores.

This program is part of the Latino Americans: 500 years of history programming series. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The Branigan Cultural Center received the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at The series will run through Saturday, March 19, 2016. There will be open discussion panels after each showing with guest speakers.

The Branigan Cultural Center is joined by a number of community partners on this grant: the Amador Hotel Foundation, Community Cornerstones Partnerships, La Semilla Food Center, NMSU Museum, and Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, as well as a number of other regional scholars, organizations, and community members.

The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: or call 575.541.2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

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