Campus News Short Takes:
Upcoming event: UW-Parkside Leadership Banquet, Thursday, April 19, at 5 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are available at the Student Activities Office on the second floor of the Student Center
Upcoming event: The Stories of Cesar Chavez, Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m., in the Black Box Theatre of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Written and performed by Fred Blanco, this story is about one man's fight for the equality and dignity of all people. Cesar Chavez became a leader among Mexican-Americans when he and Dolores Huerta formed the United Farm Workers (UFW) Movement. Chavez fought for the rights of migrant farm laborers in the United States but his message was heard by all marginalized people regardless of ethnicity, race, or nationality. Blanco said Chavez served as a voice for millions of unrepresented and under-represented people in the U.S. and around the world. Admission to this fascinating portrayal is free and everyone is invited to attend.
Upcoming event:Friends of the Library: "Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball," Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m., in the Library Overlook Lounge. Dr. Lawrence A. Baldasarro, UW Milwaukee Emeritus Professor in the Dept. of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature, speaks on his book of the same title, which tells the stories of Italian Americans' contributions to the game, from Joe DiMaggio, who transcended his ethnic identity to become an American icon, to A. Bartlett Giamatti, who served as commissioner of baseball, to Mike Piazza, considered the greatest hitting catcher ever. Baldassaro conducted more than fifty interviews with players, coaches, managers, and executives-- some with careers dating back to the thirties--in order to put all these figures and their stories into the historical context of baseball, Italian Americans and the culture of American sports. His book, Beyond DiMaggio, is the first comprehensive study of the topic, and also a social history of baseball, tracing the evolution of American perceptions toward those of Italian descent as it chronicles the baseball exploits that influenced those perceptions.