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Precious Knowledge film screening and discussion
Join us for a screening of the documentary Precious Knowledge: Arizona's battle over Ethnic Studies and a talk with Dr. Naomi Helena Quiñonez to celebrate Banned Book Week and Hispanic Heritage Month.
"Precious Knowledge illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle. While 48 percent of Mexican-American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson High's Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent of enrolled students gradationg from high school. However, Arizona lawmakers are trying to shut the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism."
Dr. Quiñonez is a poet, educator, and scholar of Chicana/Latina studies currently on faculty at San Francisco State University. She founded Librotraficante Bay Area which is active in creating awareness about book banning and the importance of ethnic studies in the U.S.A.