Tuesday, October 8, 2019

RVCC to Host Filmmaker, Screening of Film About Female Farm Worker, Union Organizer

Raritan Valley Community College will host filmmaker Laurie Coyle and present a screening of her 2018 documentary,

Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, at 1 p.m. A question-and-answer-session with the director will follow the film’s screening, which is the first on the east coast to feature the San Francisco-based director Coyle.
: Event Center (Rooms A and B) at the College’s Branchburg campus, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
ADMISSION: free of charge and open to the public

Adios Amor depicts the story of a hero that history forgot: Maria Moreno, a migrant mother driven to speak out by the hunger of her 12 children. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers labor union, Moreno became an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background. She was the first female farm worker in America to be hired as a union organizer.

Adios Amor traces Moreno’s life and labor activism against the larger backdrop of farmworkers’ struggles to secure a safe workplace in the southwest U.S. The film screening honors Indigenous People's Day (October 14) and Hispanic Heritage Month. (Above: Migrant mother Maria Moreno became the first farmworker woman in America to be hired as a union organizer. With pea pickers harvesting in the background, Moreno wears the typical dress of women in the fields: a hat and scarf to protect them from sun, dust and pesticides. Credit: © George Ballis/Take Stock)

The RVCC event is sponsored jointly by the College’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CTLS), the Provost's Office, Student Activities, the Division of Liberal and Fine Arts and Business and Public Service, and the Women's Center.

For additional information about the event, contact Dr. Lauren Braun-Strumfels, CTLS Co-Director and Associate Professor of History, at lauren.braun@raritanval.edu.

Ranked by BestColleges.com, WalletHub.com, and Niche.com as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to  a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu