For immediate release:
Cal State L.A. and
A kick-off reception for a unique and comprehensive humanities-based project, Mexican-American Baseball in Los Angeles: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues, will be held at California State University, Los Angeles.
Saturday, April 9, 2005, 2 - 3 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, Rooftop Terrace, fourth floor, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The University is located at the Eastern Ave. exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public parking is available in Lot F or the top level of North Parking Structure II. Campus map: www.calstatela.edu/univ/maps/cslamap.htm
Several speakers will address key components of the project, including future exhibitions, oral histories, and archives to be housed in Cal State L.A.Âs JFK Memorial Library. Personnel involved in the projectÂs planning and implementation will also be introduced, including an advisory committee of distinguished humanities scholars and community leaders whose experience and expertise will prove invaluable to the projectÂs development and successful outcomes.
The event is by invitation only. For more information on the project, go to the Web site at:
Members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP by March 31 to the Office of the University Librarian at (323) 343-3953 or [email protected].
A collaborative effort between the Baseball ReliquaryÂa Pasadena-based nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring baseballÂs relationship to American art and cultureÂand Cal State L.A.Âs John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, the project will document and interpret the historic role that baseball has played as a cohesive element and as a social and cultural force within the Mexican-American communities of Los Angeles County and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
The architects of this project see baseball as a prototype for urban communities to use as a subject for humanities scholarship, especially in understanding and interpreting local history. The project will be developed through extensive networking with community-based grassroots historical organizations.
While the impact of Major League Baseball in the region will be covered (Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the contentious and ideological battle over Chavez Ravine), the project will emphasize the once-flourishing culture of amateur and semi-professional baseball as an important means for celebrating ethnic identity and instilling community pride.
Although the primary focus will be on Los Angeles County, Mexican-American baseball as played in Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties will also be included.
Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 170,000 alumniÂwith a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu
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