Presentation explores history of the humble tortilla

Seward County Community College Library will host “Flour Power,” a presentation and discussion by Gene T. Chávez for its October Lunch in the Library program at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 4.  The program will be held at the SCCC Library in the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N Kansas Ave.  The library will offer guests a free burrito bar with locally made tortilla chips, courtesy of Pedro’s Corn Chips in Plains, and locally made tortillas, courtesy of The Best Market in Libera.  Members of the community are invited to attend this free program.

“Flour Power” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience — our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts.  Many immigrants made their way to Kansas during the Mexican Revolution, to raise their families and work on the railroads, in agriculture, and in factories. A cultural offshoot of this new group of Mexican residents in the Midwest was the search for the perfect tortilla, a staple of Mexican cuisine. Because corn tortillas were difficult to make by hand, many restaurants and home cooks substituted wheat flour tortillas for their signature dishes. This presentation will explore the rich history of Mexican immigration to Kansas and the journey of the humble but important tortilla.

“The SCCC Library is very excited to be given the opportunity to host Dr. Chavez, and we are looking forward to his presentation. We invite our community to join us on Oct. 4 to learn more about the history of Mexican immigration and cuisine,” said Lindsay Tuman, SCCC Library Director.

TK_ChavezGene T. Chávez, Ed.D., is the founder and president of Chávez and Associates. He consults with groups throughout the country on bilingual education and cultural diversity. In addition, he has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels in Kansas and other states.

This program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council, which conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.  For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785-357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.

For more information about “Flour Power” in Liberal, KS contact the SCCC Library at 620-417-1160 or visit www.facebook.com/sewardccclibrary/

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