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Opening Reception & Conversation with Agustín Lira - Building a New Future: Art and Activism in the Central Valley by George Ballis

Tue, April 4, 2023 8:25 AM

Please join us for an opening reception to celebrate "Building a New Future: Art and Activism in the Central Valley" - a photograph collection by George Ballis.

Opening Reception

Time: 5:00pm
Location: 2nd Floor, Kolligian Library
Audience: All are Welcome

Light refreshments will be provided.


Conversation with Agustín Lira

Time: 6:30pm
Location: COB 1-116
Audience: All are Welcome, limited seating capacity so plan to arrive on time.




Following the opening reception for the current exhibit, Building a New Future: Art and Activism in the Central Valley—Photographs by George Ballis, the Library is hosting a conversation with Agustín Lira moderated by Manuel M. Martín Rodríguez, Professor of Literature and Cultures at UC Merced.

Agustín Lira is a singer, songwriter, and director who was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 2007 and the California Arts Council Legacy Award in 2022. He co-founded El Teatro Campesino in 1965 in the midst of the United Farm Workers’ Great Delano Grape Strike. He has taught theater, music, and creative writing in academic, community, and arts organizations throughout California. His most recent recording is Songs of Struggle & Hope, available on the Smithsonian Folkways label.