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Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. WELCOME AND PANEL DISCUSSION; RSVP Required
This session will include opportunities for attendees to share their stories, ask panelists questions, engage in informal discussions, and talk to authors about their books. Panel moderator is Dr. Gene T. Chávez, Curator, Kansas City Museum. Panelists include:
- Eduardo Díaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center
- L. Steven Velasquez, Associate Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Division of Home and Community Life
- Jorge Iber, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Technology University; Director of the Mexican
American/Latino, American West/Southwest, U.S. Sports. He has recently written Mike Torrez, A Baseball Biography.
- Ben Chappell, Ph.D., Professor and Director, American Studies, Kansas University. He is a frequent presenter on “Mexican American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Mid-América.”
- Diego Seguí, Former MLB Player for New York Yankees and other teams.
- Paul Briones, Nephew of Tony Aguirre, will discuss the role of women’s softball in the Latino community.
- Richard Santillán, Ph.D., Author of Mexican-Americans in Baseball, will discuss his book series and conduct book signing.
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. BOOK SIGNING AND COLLECTING HISTORICAL MATERIALS
Book signing and collecting of artifacts and archival materials by the Kansas City Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
5:30 to 6:45 p.m. RECEPTION; RSVP Required
Reception with live music from Pablo Sanhueza & Trio, food catered by La Fonda El Taquito, and beverages.