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Knoxville Site Hosts Guest Worker Exhibit, Events

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to partner with Hola Hora Latina, a Knoxville community organization and host of our traveling exhibit Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964, on view now through April 25, 2014.  As part of the exhibit project, the center also hosted a public conversation, Life on the Fence: A Longview of Guest Worker Programs, along with remarks from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero at the April 2 opening.

Bittersweet Harvest is a bilingual poster exhibit exploring Braceros—the laborers involved in the guest worker program that brought Mexicans to the US to fill labor shortages beginning during WWII. During its twenty-two years, the Bracero Program awarded over 4 million contracts, yet this little-known chapter in our national history is rarely sought out to inform our current debates about guest worker program and immigration.

To explore the impact of this history on Tennesseans and today’s debates, Hola Hora Latina is hosting a series of public programs alongside the exhibit at their gallery space, Casa Hola.

April 4, 6pm, First Friday Opening with Julz Chavez

April 5, 3pm, Cesar Chavez film screening, Regal Cinemas at Turkey Creek

April 8, 6pm, El Programa Bracero, remarks by the Mexican Vice Consul and Alma Vazquez

April 10, 6pm, Hear Our Voices, See Our Art, featuring Farragut Hish School students

April 11, 5pm, Love of the Laborer, presented by art Professor Angel Luna

April 11, 6pm, Current Challenges Facing Migrant Workers, discussion by Lincoln Memorial University School of Law Students

April 14, 6pm, CINEMA HOLA documentary, The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon

April 24, 3pm, Harvest of Hope, educational program featuring Loida Velazquez and Rosa Mar

Hola Hora Latina's gallery, Casa Hola, is located at 100 South Gay Street, Suite 109.

Visit our web page for a complete schedule of the Bittersweet Harvest tour in Tennessee.