The Porterville College’s Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) will continue its spring schedule with a free, educational presentation in honor of Earth Day 2016, "The St. Francis Dam Disaster and the Archaeology of Water Wars" by Dr. James E. Snead, Associate Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Northridge from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 in the PC Theater.
Since 2012 CSUN archaeologists have been studying the forgotten casualties of California’s “water wars,” particularly those of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster, which killed 430 people in northern Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The catastrophe illustrates the struggle for resources, particularly water, in Western North America. Historical archaeology offers the new opportunity to explore this conflict and the clash between urban, agricultural and corporate interests across the landscapes in which they lived. Dr. Snead is the 2016 Porterville College C.H.A.P. Distinguished Speaker in Anthropology.
The event is free and open to the public. Please note that due to safety regulations, doors will be closed when the theater is full and late arrivals cannot be guaranteed a seat for the presentation
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 Dr. Robert Simpkins at (559) 791-2464. Porterville College is located at 100 E. College Avenue in Porterville. For more information visit www.portervillecollege.edu or call (559) 791-2200.