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Norman Miller Center at St. Norbert College to Host Las Cafeteras for Campus Residency

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From St. Norbert College, November 6, 2019
by Hailey Barron,, (920) 403-3089

The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding at St. Norbert College will host Los Angeles-based band Las Cafeteras for a two-day campus residency this November. The band, which uses music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, will lead a workshop about race and diversity on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and will perform a concert on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Las Cafeteras utilizes Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms and rhymes to deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete
jungle of Los Angeles. With more than 15 years of collective experience in education organizing, curriculum development, social work, movement building, health and wellness, and musical performance and theatre, the six-member band offers workshops, training and residencies in an effort to engage a variety of audiences.

Details about the band’s residency at St. Norbert College are below:

“Racism: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That” Workshop: Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Fort Howard Theater of the F. K. Bemis International Center on the college’s
campus. This participatory workshop breaks down stereotypes, uses “conscious comedy” and engages the audience in a new conversation about race, identity and
privilege. Using videos and break-out discussions and facilitating honest conversations, Las Cafeteras will give the audience social tools to deconstruct interpersonal as well as institutional patterns of oppression, so as to heal and proactively address concerns as young agents of change. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Las Cafeteras Concert: Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Walter Theatre of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the college’s campus. Using traditional
son jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. The concert is free, but general admission tickets are required. To get tickets, visit

The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding cultivates awareness, compassion and commitment to justice and the building of sustainable peace. The center champions human dignity and is a partner for change, promoting hope through action.

For more information about Las Cateteras’ residency, contact Robert Pyne, senior director of community engagement, at or visit

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