I started the Chicano/a Literature Series at UC Merced in the fall of 2005 as a forum to bring major Chicano/a writers, scholars, and artists to UC Merced. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, UC Merced is perfectly poised to become a major cultural center for Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in the Central Valley. To that end, the Chicano/a Literature Series serves as a major catalyst for showcasing Chicano/a and Latino/a talent in an interactive setting that benefits both the UC Merced and the Merced communities.

As series director, I have worked with community and student organizations to coordinate efforts and share results over the years. The following are some of the series co-sponsors and affiliated venues: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) de UC Merced, School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts (UC Merced), Center for the Humanities (UC Merced), Humanities Initiative (UCOP), Chican@ Latin@ Council (UC Merced), Puente Program (Merced College), Multicultural Arts Center (Merced), Humanities and World Cultures (UC Merced), and El Club de Español (UC Merced).

The Series has featured numerous award-winning authors, and it has received press coverage in local newspapers and UC Merced bulletins. The following listing is a summary of the series events to-date (please click on any of the images below to access a larger version and/or additional information for each event):