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March 14, 2017 -- First-generation Latinos born in the U.S. and the recent history of Chicana art will be the topics of two presentations at Santa Monica College (SMC) starting this month, school officials announced.

The free events are part of the college's ongoing spring series on the history and issues of Hispanics in America today.

Seating for the events -- which are held in the Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall at SMC's main campus at 1900 Pico Boulevard -- is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

On Thursday, March 23, at 11:15 a.m. and 7 p.m., there will be a screening and panel discussion of the documentary “being ñ” by first-time Latina filmmaker Denise Soler Cox.

The multiplatform documentary project focuses on the experiences of "first-generation American-born Latinos/as with at least one parent from a Spanish-speaking country," organizers said.

Moderated by SMC Communication & Media Studies Department Chair Dr. Maria Muñoz, the discussions, which follow each screening, feature Maria Martinez, Jose Hernandez and Lucho Franco.

The event is sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Communication and Media Department and SMC Counseling Department.

The series continues on Thursday, April 4 at 11:15 a.m. with a presentation by "Xicana" Indigenous artist Felicia Montes titled “Chicana Art: Resistance and Affirmation – Then and Now.”

Montes is "a poet, performer, community activist, educator, and founding director of the holistic artivist organization Mujeres de Maiz," organizers said.

She will lead "a revealing discussion on the major political and social themes, campaigns, issues, and developments in Chicanx art from the 1960s to the present."

The event is sponsored by the SMC Associates, IDEAS at SMC, SMC Latino Center’s Adelante Program, SMC Black Collegians Program, SMC History Department and SMC Art Department.

For more information call (310) 434-4100.

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