Public Talk: Tim Z. Hernandez, “Searching for the Plane Wreck at Los Gatos: Merging Memory and History.”

Tim Z. Hernandez, an award-winning writer, research scholar, and performer, will give a virtual talk on Tuesday, March 2 at 7 pm (EST), “Searching for the Plane Wreck at Los Gatos: Merging Memory and History,” on his documentary novel, All They Will Call Youwhich tells the story of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history.” The victims of the 1948 crash included twenty-eight Mexican citizens—farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government—who became memorialized in song by Woody Guthrie in “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).” For nearly seven decades, the identity of these workers would remain unknown until now. Weaving interviews, archives, and photographs, Hernandez’s powerful storytelling recovers their names and work histories, closing the gap between past and present debates on immigration, labor, and workers’ rights. 

Join the meeting using this link: www.uncp.edu/REACHspeaker