September 6, 2013
In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office presents “El Cinco de Mayo: Latinos Examine the American Civil War.” The program will take place at UMass Medical School on Friday, Sept. 13.
Speaker David Hayes-Bautista, PhD, will discuss the holiday’s unique history and legacy, as described in his latest book El Cinco de Mayo: An AmericanTradition. Dr. Hayes-Bautista, an expert on Latino health and culture, discovered that Cinco de Mayo was created by Mexican-Americans during the Civil War to commemorate the war’s quest of freedom and liberty for all. A thoroughly American holiday, today Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
Hayes-Bautista is professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health & Culture, which he founded at UCLA in 1992. In 2012 he received the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Herbert W. Nickens Award for his lifelong concerns about the educational, societal and health care needs of underrepresented groups.
Following his talk, Hayes-Bautista will sign copies of El Cinco de Mayo, which will be on sale at the event, or can be purchased in advance at the UMMS Bookstore.
The program will take place in the Faculty Conference Room from noon to 1 p.m., with lunch available at 11:30 a.m. Contact Fernanda Gama at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
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