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11th Annual Commemorative Lecture in Mexican American History

Presents Dr. Gilbert G. Gonzlezs Documentary

Harvest of Loneliness
What:

Harvest of Loneliness A
documentary screening at the University of North Texas by Dr. Gilbert G. Gonzlez, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Sciences at University of California at Irvine. A question and answer session will follow the documentary screening.

When:

4 April, 2012 (Wednesday), 4:00 p.m. Wooten Hall Room 122, 1122 Union Circle, Denton, University of North Texas campus FreePublic Invited

Where:

Cost:

Sponsors: The UNT Mexican

American Studies Minor and The UNT Center for Spanish Language Media
Dr. Gilbert G. Gonzlez (Professor Emeritus and Historian at the University of California-Irvine, Chicano/Latino Studies) was one of eight children born to Mexican immigrant parents. Raised and educated in southern California, Dr. Gonzlez received his Ph.D. in United States history from UCLA in 1974. In 1971, Gonzlez was affiliated with the Program in Comparative Culture at the University of California-Irvine, where he established his interests in ethnic studies, U.S.-Mexico agricultural labor relations, Mexican consuls and public policy, segregation of Mexican children in the southwestern states, and Mexican immigration. Gonzlez was selected for a 2006 UC MEXUS faculty grant to undertake the initial fieldwork for a documentary film on the Bracero Program, which employed hundreds of thousands Mexican contract workers in the U.S. from 1942 to 1964. The documentary, Harvest of Loneliness, was completed in 2010 and awarded the Cine Latino Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Harvest of Loneliness depicts the hidden historical accounts of minorities, workers and immigrants in American society and the story of the millions of Mexicos men and women who experienced the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program. Established to replace an alleged wartime labor shortage, research reveals that the Program intended to undermine farmworker unionization. Harvest of Loneliness shows how several million men, in one of the largest state managed migrations in history, were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers. The documentary features the men speaking of their experiences and addresses what to expect from a new temporary contract worker program. Visit http://harvestofloneliness.com/ to learn more.

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