American Graduate Champion: Gabriel Estrada

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

gabriel-estradaToday’s Champion is Gabriel Estrada. Estrada directs Austin Voices for Education and Youth’s Stand Up Clubs and Project AIM after school  program, and assists with community organizing and school improvement  efforts. He worked for the Austin Independent School District for 20 years, 19 of those as a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Zavala Elementary in East Austin. While there, he was an active member of Zavala’s renaissance as a nationally recognized community-based school reform model. His efforts in Zavala’s turnaround included leading educator development, house meetings over issues brought forth from community members and teachers, and actively initiating programs that enriched the education of students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “In his 20 years of teaching, Gabe shepherded many a student and quite a few families to a pathway of academic success. Most of these families are Latino and low-income, and Gabe’s role as a mentor and trailblazer was significant. He believes in public education and its promise to give everyone the opportunity to be successful.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

Voces returns to KLRU 4/17

Voces returns to PBS this April featuring a film by Austin filmmaker Hector Galán. Voces is PBS’ signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase and the only ongoing national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.

Kicking off the series on April 17 at 9 pm on KLRU is Galán’s Children of Giant. Sixty years after production began on George Stevens’ classic Giant, this new documentary returns to Marfa, Texas to explore how the groundbreaking film both reflected and transformed the lives of the town’s Anglo and Mexican-American residents. KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting will host a preview screening with the director in attendance on April 2nd at 8 pm. Get more details and RSVP now.

Now en Español on April 24 at 9 pm explores the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood through the lives of the five women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences — and whose real lives are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts.

El Poeta on May 1 at 9 pm is a powerful and poignant profile of the renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.

A fourth film, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, will premiere this fall as a special co-presentation of Voces and American Masters. Keep watching KLRU for more details on airdates for this film.

Here are more details about each film in this year’s Voces series:

Children of Giant April 17 at 9 pm
In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel about three generations of a powerful ranching dynasty, Giant took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and was one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” goes back to Marfa. The film combines interviews with the cast and crew of Giant with the recollections of residents who participated in and witnessed the making of the film, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of the film.

Now en Español April 24 at 9 pm 
A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, “Now en Español”follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub “Desperate Housewives” for Spanish language audiences in the U.S. With real lives that are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, the five dynamic women featured struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. The film chronicles their lives as they audition for parts and work in the dubbing studio while striving for a career that offers more prominent — and on-screen roles.

El Poeta May 1 at 9 pm
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, “El Poeta” tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.Filmed over the course of three years, the film follows the journey of Sicilia and his movement as they make their way from Mexico’s most embattled cities – Juarez, Chihuahua,  Durango and others – to the U.S., urging American citizens and lawmakers to share in the responsibility for the violence. “El Poeta”transforms the hard news story of drugs, murder, and corruption into a deeply personal examination of the impact of the ultimate loss on the human psyche – as well as the power of righteous protest.

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey Fall 2015
Pedro E. Guerrero was the photographer for three of America’s most famous artists:   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. This film chronicles Guerrero’s art and relationship with other artists.

Screening: Children of Giant 4/2

Join KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting for a preview screening of Hector Galan’s new film Children of Giant.

DATE: Thursday, April 2
TIME: 7 pm reception, 7:30 pm film screening
LOCATION:  Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
(Admission is based on capacity.)

Galan will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A about the film. In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. This film will air as part of the Voces series on PBS stations nationwide. Learn more about this year’s Voces presentations

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American Graduate Champion: Phillip Eaglin

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

phillip-eaglinToday’s Champion is Phillip Eaglin. Eaglin, a former middle/high school teacher is the Founder & CEO of Changing Expectations, which provides informal STEM education learning opportunities for youth. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Phillips is an active advocate for young men of color and the importance of education. He has a perspective on his work that is firmly grounded in his own history as a science classroom teacher and as a professional development provider for science and mathematics education as well as for systemic school improvement. Phillip is strongly committed to supporting the STEM teaching and learning of high-need, traditionally underserved student populations, their parents, and their teachers.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

Your Investment during our Spring Fundraising Drive

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Because of YOU, we were able to surpass our goal and raise over $280,000 from 1700 people in our community during our Spring Fundraising Drive. Not only did we surpass our goal, but you helped make Your Favorites week a success, raising over $55,000 in support of your favorite PBS and KLRU programs. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

In fact, your gift will help KLRU convene conversations, bringing people together around issues that matter. Your gift helps KLRU support children, families and teachers, offering trustworthy educational media and face-to-face outreach where it is most needed. Your gift helps KLRU produce original content created for, about, and with the people who live here. Your gift helps KLRU tell local stories, connecting your community around different histories and a shared future.

KLRU is community-supported:  over 85% of our annual funding comes from individual donors, foundations and corporations.  Your donation creates a stronger community, one story at a time.

Thank you for investing in KLRU this Spring!

American Graduate Champion: Melissa Arasin

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

melissa-arasinToday’s Champion is Melissa Arasin. Arasin is a teacher at the International High School, a two-year program for recent immigrants in the Austin ISD. She becomes their motivator, translator, and she helps her kids explore the opportunities open to them in American society.  The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “The International HS does important work but it’s tucked away on the campus of the much better-known Eastside Memorial HS in far East Austin. Melissa would be lauded for her efforts no matter where she taught but the fact that she loves her work and the kids who come to her from around the globe keeps her plugging away.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Ty Davidson

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

ty-davidsonToday’s Champion is Ty Davidson. Davidson is the principal at Travis High School. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Ty is warm, generous, compassionate, and most importantly, enthusiastic and possibilities and potential of his students and faculty. He brings a youthful energy and spirit to a job that can be incredibly taxing and at times, demoralizing.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Susan Dawson

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

susan-dawsonToday’s Champion is Susan Dawson. Dawson, Executive Director of E3 Alliance, is an advocate of educational excellence and data driven decision making for education system reform. The E3 Alliance has been at the forefront of raising awareness about the dropout crisis, contributing factors, and promising trends. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “The information which E3 presents should be understood by anyone who is trying to positively intervene in the lives of at risk youth.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Deanna Deolloz

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

deanna-deollozToday’s Champion is Deanna Deolloz. Deolloz has been a teaching artist for over 15 years working with organizations such as CHULA League, ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo, and El Teatro Campesino. Currently her role as Artistic Associate of Creative Action she works at the after-school program at Becker Elementary. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “She is a committed community activist for women’s rights, voter rights, AIDS activist, cycling, children and Latino issues. Austin is extremely lucky to have her in our community. She’s one of the those “behind the scenes” leaders who is absolutely worthy of being recognized as a champion.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Arts In Context Shorts: Life Form Art

This week Arts In Context Shorts show how medical illustrations can make beautiful art. Brazilian-born cardiologist Carlos Machado first discovered Frank Netter’s celebrated medical illustrations as a six-year-old boy. Over the course of his life and even throughout his time in medical school, Machado has worked to hone his talent for illustration while embracing hyperrealism. Eventually, he was chosen to become the successor to Dr. Netter and worked as a valuable contributor to “The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations.”