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CCCC hosts Hispanic, jazz events

10.31.2007Arts & Entertainment

PITTSBORO — Central Carolina Community College joins with two majorrncommunity organizations to present events for the public during thernweekend of Nov. 9-11.

• Community Dialog Across Borders
rnCCCC and the Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County present “CommunityrnDialog Across Borders,” a program of visual and literary arts. PulitzerrnPrize winners Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times journalist and author,rnand José Galvez, documentary photographer, will take part in arndiscussion and question-and-answer session intended to generate dialogrnabout Latino immigration and its socio-economic and cultural impact.rnDr. Maria DeGuzman, director of Latino Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, willrnserve as the discussion moderator.

Thernevent takes place from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, in Building 2rnat the college’s Chatham County Campus, in Pittsboro, and 10 a.m.-12:30rnp.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Fearrington Village Barn. Admission isrnfree.

Carl Thompson, CCCC director ofrnContinuing Education in Chatham County, said that in recent years therernhas, at times, been tension between Hispanics and others in the Chathamrncommunity. In 2000, David Duke, former Ku Klux Klansman and currentrnpresident of European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO),rnvisited Siler City and spoke against immigration and the increasingrnnumber of Hispanics in the community.

“Ourrnpurpose at CCCC Chatham is to help bridge the gap of understandingrnbetween the Hispanic community and the Chatham community at large,”rnThompson said. “That is why we agreed to co-sponsor the HispanicrnLiaison event.”

The Hispanic Liaison camerninto existence in 1995 to address the needs of the Hispanic immigrantrncommunity. It seeks to find answers to community problems by creatingrnopportunities for community members to identify issues, learn, dialogrnand problem-solve together. For more information about the event, callrnthe organization at (919) 742-1448 or visit its web site, www.evhnc.org.

• The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

Fromrn2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, the college presents The Heart ofrnCarolina Jazz Orchestra in performance at The Barn in FearringtonrnVillage. Admission is free.

“NortheastrnChatham is rapidly growing and this occasion offers CCCC a tremendousrnopportunity to make acquaintances in the community and apprize them ofrnthe educational programs that we offer," Thompson said.

GreggrnGelb, saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and bandleader, founded thernnonprofit Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Society in 1990 while hernwas a visiting artist at CCCC. In 1997, he received the Jazz FellowshiprnAward from the N.C. Arts Council. He performs regularly with the NorthrnCarolina Symphony Orchestra.

Joining thernorchestra for this performance will be well-known jazz guitarist andrncomposer Baron Tymas. In addition to performing, he teaches music atrnN.C. Central University.

For more information about the performance, contact Carl Thompson, (919) 542-6495, ext. 224.