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Bittersweet Harvest Exhibit Tour Highlights

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to partner with The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, host of our traveling exhibit Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964, on view May 1-30, 2014. As part of the exhibit project, the center will also also host a public conversation, "Life on the Fence: A Longview of Guest Worker Programs," facilitated by Antonio Vasquez of MTSU’s Center for Global Studies, at 11:30am on May 15th.

Meanwhile, Hola Hora Latina wrapped the project up in Knoxville with no less than ten public programs during the exhibit’s month-long stay at the group’s gallery, Casa Hola. The program series began with an opening that featured remarks from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. Additional events involved four high schools, two film screenings, members of Lincoln Memorial University’s Departments of Art and Law, and the Mexican Vice Consul. The project provided thoughtful, wide-ranging perspectives for an audience that totaled well into the hundreds.

Before arriving in Knoxville, Bittersweet Harvest was hosted by Nashville community center, Casa Azafran, whose project culminated in their first Family Reading Day. Humanities Tennessee was thrilled to provide Spanish and English language books for kids about migrant and farm work for the event, which were given to children in the audience following a series of readings by notable members of the Casa Azafran community. Over 100 families attended, and the host hopes to make the event annual.

Please visit the program site for more information about Bittersweet Harvest and learn how to become involved.