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2005.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO, El Museo Latino to Host Photo Exhibition by David Bacon

Omaha – Journalist and photographer David Bacon has documented child labor along the U.S./Mexican border, the hardships of California field workers and strikes among Los Angeles industrial workers. 

One of his latest efforts, a photographic investigation of migration, is coming to Omaha April 23 in conjunction with a conference sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS).  The conference, titled "The Second Cumbre of the Great Plains – Re-Visioning Latino America: New Perspectives on Migration, Transnationalism and Integration" is set for April 22-24 at the Hilton Omaha.  "Cumbre" is the Spanish word for "summit."

Bacon's exhibition, "Beyond Borders: Transnational Working Communities" will be on display at El Museo Latino April 23 through Aug. 31.  "It is the product of an unprecedented collaboration between a UNO program and this premier Latino museum – the only one in the Great Plains region," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and associate professor of sociology at UNO.  "The exhibit is a testimony to the transnational strategies for survival that immigrant workers and their families must carve in order to support their families in today's global economy."

It includes photos from Latino workers and their families living in "transnational communities" that expand to places such as Santa Eulalia, Guatemala, and Grand Island, Neb.

Bacon travels frequently to Mexico, Europe and the Philippines.  His work has been published widely in The Nation and other prominent news organizations, as well as a recent book published by the University of California Press titled The Children of NAFTA.  His images also have been incorporated into "Faces Behind the Labels," a documentary project sponsored by Sweatshop Watch.

Today, Bacon serves on the boards of the Bay Area Media Alliance, the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, and the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health.

On Friday, April 22, Bacon will discuss "Beyond Borders: Transnational Working Communities" in a conference session set for 7:30 p.m. at El Museo Latino, 4701 South 25th St.  Joining Bacon will be some of the Omaha workers and families who participated in the project.  This session is free and open to the public.

El Museo Latino is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday from 1 to 7 p.m.; Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It is closed on Sunday.  For more information about the museum, call (402) 731-1137.

The conference is made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of Education and local sponsors First National Bank of Omaha and Security National Bank.  The exhibition received major funding from the Mammel Foundation.

Conference updates are available on the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ollas/.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza, OLLAS project coordinator, at (402) 554-3835 or lgarza@mail.unomaha.edu.

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