Native Son Francisco Jimenez to Speak at Hancock College

Hancock's CAN program hosting Dr. Jimenez on March 28.

Francisco JimenezMARCH 14, 2014 -- He is a native son, who from the fields of the Santa Maria Valley ascended to the highest levels of academia and penned award-winning stories about his family’s roots in migrant agriculture.  Francisco Jimenez, Ph.D., will return home to Santa Maria on Friday, March 28, 2014, to share his story as a special guest lecturer at Allan Hancock College.

A celebrated author and current professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University, Jimenez attended El Camino, Fairlawn and Santa Maria High schools before earning a B.A. from Santa Clara University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Jimenez is the author of the short stories The Circuit, Breaking Through and Reaching Out, all autobiographical accounts of life in and beyond his migrant agricultural family.  He has also written two award-winning children’s books, La Mariposa and The Christmas Gift.  His stories have been published in more than 50 textbooks and anthologies of literature and have won awards nationally and internationally.  PCPA adapted three of his books into one-act plays, which have been performed in various schools and colleges in California since 2000.

He has held various administrative positions at Santa Clara University, including associate vice president for Academic Affairs (1990-1994), chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (1997-2000) and director of Ethnic Studies (2001-2005).

In 2002 he was selected U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  In 2008 he received an honorary degree from De Anza College, and in 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of San Francisco. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.  It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Marian Theatre, located in the Santa Maria campus Performing Arts Center.  Jimenez’ books will be available for purchase.

The event is sponsored by CAN (College Achievement Now), a TRiO Student Support Services program.  CAN supports low-income and first-generation college students, those with limited English proficiency, and/or disabled students to help them reach their academic goals. 

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