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'Cesar Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series: Social Media: Destroying or Saving Democracy?

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Mar 14, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Rocklin Campus T (Dietrich Theatre)
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677
Reyes Ortega, PhD, reyesortega@sierracollege.edu

Event Details

Event at Sierra CollegeOn Thursday, March 14, 2019, Sierra College Rocklin Campus will hold the annual Cesar Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series. This presentation will be held at the Dietrich Theatre from 12:30 - 2pm. It is free and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Panel Discussion:

  • Welcome: Dr. Winsome E. Jackson, Professor, Political Science/Chair, New Legacy Committee
  • Opening Remarks: Dr. Reyes Ortega, Counselor/Professor of History/Coordinator, Puente Program
  • Moderated by: Marcos Bretón, News Columnist, The Sacramento Bee / Author 


  • Dr. Adam J. Berinsky, Mitsui Professor of Political Science,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Director of Political Experiments Research Lab, Expertise: Opinions of mass public and government policies, Author
  • Dr. Jason Gainous, Professor of Political Science,  University of Louisville, Fellow at Brandeis University Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation, Expertise: Information technology and psychology of political perception, Author
  • Dr. Bryan Gervais, Political Science Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio, Director of Digital Politics Studio, Expertise: Political Psychology/Political Communication, Author
  • Dr. Monica Stephens, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Buffalo, NY, Expertise: Social media, politics digital divides, misinformation (fake news), gender and the internet, Author

The purpose of the Cesar E. Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series is to advance the social justice and cultural awareness agenda that Cesar Chavez and others worked so hard to achieve. Each year, a forum of distinguished panelists is invited to provide an intellectual and thought-provoking opportunity for students, faculty, staff and communities to gain a greater understanding of the most complex issues to face our nation. It is in that spirit that we celebrate this legacy with our annual Cesar E. Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series event.

Background: For a generation of Americans, Cesar E. Chavez (1927-1993) was the voice of farmworkers and of the Mexican American people. Chavez earned this position through his role as founder and organizer of the United Farm Workers union, through his leadership in the Chicano Movement, and through his crucial role in politics. As a result of his efforts, the concerns of Mexican American and other Latino peoples in the United States were, for the first time, brought into the national political debate. (Botz, 2006).

Rocklin campus is located at 5100 Sierra College Blvd. Rocklin. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available at dispensers located on the campus parking lot.

Contact Dr. Reyes Ortega, reyesortega@sierracollege.edu

Sponsored by: Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Associated Students of Sierra College, Puente Club, La Semana Latina Foundation Committee, Student Engagement Centers. Supporters: César Chávez Foundation, Academic Senate, New Legacy Committee, Gender Equity Committee, Spectrum Committee, Puente Program, Umoja Program, Black Excellence Program, Wonoti Program, ALAS Program, Puente Club, Project Unity Club, Feminist Action Club, Native American Club, Latino Leadership Council, American Association of University Women

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