The Distance Between Us is the One Book, One Community committee selection for 2014-15. The book is a memoir of immigrants from Mexico and the challenges they face. Written by Reyna Grande, the book describes the hardship and heartbreaks of families divided by a border and the difficulty of keeping families together.
After the book has been read and Mexican immigration lessons learned, students will participate in activities designed to help Los Angeles del Desierto, a humanitarian group based out of San Diego, California. The group works in conjunction with local and regional authorities, including law enforcement, the Department of Forestry, Homeland Security and the Mexican Consulate to help save lives and recover the bodies of those who have died crossing the United States and Mexico borders. San Juan College will support these efforts by collecting and sending food and toiletries.
One Book, One Community is also sponsoring many events in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month is coordinated by the Hispanic Latino Center and includes all of the events below:
September 24, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.
Movie: Cesar Chavez with popcorn and refreshments
October 1 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Workshop: Hispanic Scholarship Fund, snacks and refreshments
October 8, from noon–1 p.m.
Presentation: Discovering the Life of the Rarámuris with snacks and refreshments
Hispanic Latino Center, Room 6109
October 11, 7–9 p.m.
Latin Rhythms Dance Performance
Performance Hall, Room 9005
October 18, 7 p.m.
SJC Silhouette Series: Tres Vidas
Through music and theatre Tres Vidas celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American Women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.
Little Theatre, tickets: $12 adults and $10 students and seniors
October 29, 7 p.m.
One Book, One Community presentation with Reyna Grande author of The Distance Between Us, refreshments and snacks
Performance Hall, with snack and refreshments in the 9000 rooms
More events will be announced!