The Porterville College’s Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) will continue its spring schedule with a lineup of Women’s History Month talks starting with “Damn Hard Work: The Women of Early California Libraries” from 7-8 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the PC Theater, presented by Dr. Cindy Mediavilla, Library Programs Consultant California State Library and Lecturer UCLA Department of Information Studies.
At the turn of the 20th century, large California cities, like San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, offered their residents what was already considered traditional public library services. In rural parts of the state, however, very few people had access to library services and so local county librarians often had to carry books—by horseback, mule and on foot—to readers who lived in the mountains and back country. These women are still greatly admired today for their stamina and undying "missionary zeal" in bringing books to their communities. The audience will learn about these amazing women and the legacy they left behind. The talk is open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required for this event. Parking is free and no passes are needed for this talk.
And on Wednesday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. don’t miss "Bittersweet Death: Sappho's Aphrodite" presented by Rachel Tatro Duarte, English Professor. A 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities seminarian, Rachel has researched and written about the poetry of Sappho for many years. Her research at the American Academy of Rome, which is the basis for her CHAP talk, focused on Sappho's version of the myth of Aphrodite and Adonis and it's connection to the Etruscan myth of Turan and Atunis. Porterville College is located at 100 E. College Avenue in Porterville. For more information visit www.portervillecollege.edu or call (559) 791-2200.