Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 10, 2010 - The public is invited to a dedication ceremony for the Irene and Jorge Garcia Chicano Studies Collection at CSU Channel Islands (CI). The event is sponsored by the John Spoor Broome Library and the Chicana/o Studies Program and will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Library’s Exhibition Hall.  Food and refreshments will be provided.

CI is proud to introduce the collection encompassing over 3,500 books, pamphlets, videos, and music CDs. Some examples include books on Pre-Columbian Indigenous Groups, Chicano and Chicana Studies, Latin American Literature and Culture, Bilingual Children’s Books, Art and Music, Religious Studies, California History and Ventura County History.

California State University Northridge Professor Mary Pardo, author of Mexican American Women Activists, will speak about the significance of this collection to Chicana/o Studies, History, Spanish, and many other disciplines, and to the larger community in Ventura County.

Limited parking is available on campus. A daily permit is $6. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the VISTA Bus to the campus; the fare is $1 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional event information contact Dr. Jose Alamillo, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at CSU Channel Islands at 805-437-2685 or jose.alamillo@csuci.edu; or Amy Wallace, Dean of University Library at 805-437-8911 or amy.wallace@csuci.edu.

For media inquiries contact Nancy Gill, Director of Communication & Marketing at CSU Channel Islands at 805-437-8456 or nancy.gill@csuci.edu.

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Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

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CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.

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