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College of the Mainland
News Release
Sunday, October 02, 2011

COM welcomes nationally-known educator and storyteller


To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, College of the Mainland presents a performance by Dr. Jesús ‘Chuy’ Negrete on Friday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building Room 117.


With harmonica and guitar, Dr. Negrete recounts the Mexican and Mexican-American experience through storytelling, poetic song and corridos (running verse ballads) as he traces the history of Mexican-Latino experiences from pre-Columbian times to the present. Dr. Negrete is an engaging teller of tales and master narrator of the Mexican experience through song and ballad.


As the founder and director of the Mexican Cultural Institute, Dr. Negrete has lectured, performed and taught in numerous universities across the nation.  Aside from his doctoral degree from the University California-Berkeley, Dr. Negrete earned degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago State University with specialties in educational anthropology and ethnomusicology or the comparative study of music of different cultures. He’s also a Smithsonian and Bannerman Fellow for his work in reaching, studying and living among the indigenous immigrant non-Spanish speaking populations in México. 


Born in San Luis Potosi, México, Dr. Negrete spent his early childhood in Texas as the son of migrant workers but moved with his family and grew up in the steel-mill culture of South Chicago. He continues to call Chicago home where he lives with his wife and children.


This event will be held Friday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building Room 117. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 409-933-8271.

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