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JOSE GASPAR: Despite rhetoric, BC committee approves farm labor history courses

The good folks at Bakersfield College had to get a bigger meeting room last Thursday to accommodate the large crowd that turned out to bear witness at a Curriculum Committee meeting. At issue was whether the committee would approve two non-credit courses on farm labor history in Kern County with a focus on Cesar Chavez, the man internationally recognized as the figure who championed labor rights and basic human decency for farmworkers.

Developed by BC professor Oliver Rosales, one proposed course is called "Landmarks in California History" and the other is called "César E. Chávez Leadership Certificate of Completion." I wrote about this issue last week, and apparently it stirred up a lot of reaction from people on both sides.