The Craig Fahle Show

El Salon de Nuestra Cultura Presents "Precious Knowledge"

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Image Courtesy of Wayne State University.

El Salón de Nuestra Cultura, a student organization at Wayne State University, will be screening the film “Precious Knowledge.” The documentary tells the story of student leaders from Tucson High School as they fight to save their Mexican American Studies (MAS) program. Although the program was among the nation’s most successful K-12 Latino student success programs, Arizona lawmakers decided to shut it down, declaring it illegal.

While outlawing the MAS program, officials in Arizona also confiscated books read by students as part of the curriculum. Banned books include “Occupied America” by Rodolfo Acuña, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and an anthology titled “Cantos al Sexto Sol,” which features Detroit-area Latino poets, Trino Sánchez Jr. and Ethriam Cash Brammer.

The screening is Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, from 6-9 p.m. in Room 150 of Wayne State University's General Lectures Building, located at 5045 Anthony Wayne Dr. Before the screening, Wayne State University Assistant Professor of English John Leary will lead a panel discussion.

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