Porterville College

Fall PC C.H.A.P. Season Begins Sept. 17

Porterville- Porterville College’s Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) will begin its fall schedule on Sept. 17 (Constitution Day) with “Does Treating Students Equally Mean Treating Them the Same” with Kern Community College District Chancellor, Sandra V. Serrano. The talk will take place from 11:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Contact the front desk upon your arrival for a free temporary parking permit. In observance of Constitution Day, Chancellor Serrano will review and comment on the landmark court case, Brown v Board of Education (1954). In that decision 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that “separate but equal” has no place in the field of education. In light of the current condition of public education and its compulsory status in the United States, does treating students equally mean treating them the same? Has the promise of Brown been fulfilled? On Friday Sept. 19, enjoy a special talk titled “Intervention: The U.S. Military Attempts to Shape Mexico’s Revolution, 1914 and 1916” by PC History Professor Jay Hargis from 7 to 8 p.m. in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required for the event. A century ago the US initiated diplomatic and military action in Mexico to try to control the forces unleashed by the 10-year Mexican Revolution. Not unlike our intervention in Middle East conflicts today, the US did not fully understand the issues, personalities, ideologies, and history involved and hence we were not successful then, and may be even less successful today. Look for more C.H.A.P. presentations throughout the fall. The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) was organized in 2002 to enhance students' awareness of certain important aspects of our society to which they may previously have had little or no exposure. A theme is chosen by CHAP members each school year, and faculty members across the campus are encouraged to integrate elements of that theme into their coursework. Additionally, a variety of field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and videos are presented throughout the year and are all open to the public. For more information about C.H.A.P. call Richard Osborne at (559) 791-2298. Porterville College is located at 100 E. College Avenue in Porterville. For more information visit www.portervillecollege.edu or call (559) 791-2200.