The Lectures in Race and Ethnicity will kick off a new academic year with a celebration of the Chicano Moratorium on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Auditorium. Author of the book Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam, Charley Trujillo, will discuss his experiences as a combat decorated veteran and as an activist for veterans’ rights.
He will address the influence of militarism in the Chicano community and the current U.S. war and occupation of Iraq. Highlighting his presentation will be a viewing of the PBS documentary "Soldados," which is based on Trujillo’s book.
In an interview promoting the documentary, Trujillo described how war changes veterans and all aspects of their lives.
"Our goals were not only to make a documentary of Chicano soldiers…but how it affects families," Trujillo said. "There are very few, if any, war documentaries where families are included. Even though the focus is on Chicano Vietnam veterans, their experience can be applied to other veterans and their families regardless of ethnicity."
The free event is co-sponsored by Northwest Indiana for Social Justice, the Department of Minority Studies and Diversity Programming Group of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning at Indiana University Northwest. For more information, please call (219) 980-6629.