I’ve spent the morning giving my talk –which I’m going to post here as soon as I figure out how to put it up– and attending sessions at NACCS. My first response to my first experience attending this conference is WOW — there are a lot of Chicanos and Chicanas here. Everyone is friendly and have been nothing but supportive, interested and above all enthusiastic. There’s a lot of celebration and old friends meeting, but a great deal of concern about the attacks on ethnic studies, especially those under way in Arizona.
I’m taking a break to get a little food and to blog about this presentation before I stop being able to read my notes.
I tried to tweet the sessions but (so far anyway)
I haven’t been able to get onto wifi at the hotel I have just been given wifi access so my tweeting has been was limited to what I can do on my phone. This was less than successful — I type too slow on it to really be able to keep up, plus my battery bit it half way through the second session.
The second session was a great presentation called “Chicana/a Archives and the Chicano Movement: A Discussion” by Southern California archivists working on building or maintaining university archives on Chicano/a history and community.
Even before the discussion started, they shared a link to a great resource — a picture archive on farmworker history called The Farmworker Movement Documentation Project. It has a great digital archive of documents and photo resources.… Read the rest