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Alumnus To Speak at Berks Roots lecture series

Penn State Berks alumni are participating in the Berks Historical Society’s “Berks Roots: An International Legacy” lecture series, an initiative to celebrate the predominant Latino/Hispanic community in Reading. The upcoming Nov. 16, 2012 lecture will include a brief talk by Penn State Berks alumnus Dillon Kenniston, who will discuss the chapter he wrote on the criminal justice system for the book titled Hispanics/Latinos in Reading and Berks: A Portrait of a Community. The featured guest speaker is Monica Reyes; her lecture is titled Made in America…with Mexican Parts.  The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., Kenniston will speak at 6:15 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Berks Historical Society, 940 Centre Ave in Reading.

Dr. Laurie Grobman, Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Coordinator of The Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research, asked her upper-level English course to research the Hispanic/Latino community of Reading and write chapters on various aspects of the culture. The result was the publication Hispanics/Latinos in Reading and Berks: A Portrait of a Community, written by students of the college in collaboration with the Hispanic Center of Reading and Berks County.

The second lecture in the “Berks Roots: An International Legacy” lecture series featured Jonathan Encarnacion, who presented “U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Latin America and Its Impact on U.S. Immigration.” Cassandra Yatron, Penn State alumna and Program Assistant for the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research, also spoke about her chapter on community activism in the Hispanic/Latino community in Hispanics/Latinos in Reading and Berks: A Portrait of a Community.

For more information about the “Berks Roots: An International Legacy” lecture series, contact Judy Iwaschenko at 610-375-4375 or via e-mail at Judy.i@berkshistory.org.

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