2017 A Taste of History
Join us for the 2017 Taste of History event, benefiting the California History Center and Euphrat Museum of Art.
This special event with poet Juan Felipe Herrera is part of a year-long celebration of De Anza College's 50th anniversary.
- Date & Time: Nov. 18, 2017, 3-6 p.m.
- Location: Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC)
- Cost: $75
- Parking: Free in college parking lots A and B
About Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera is the immediate past Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2017) and the first Latino to hold that position. A former adjunct faculty member at De Anza College, he has been called “the elder statesman of Mexican American poetry.”
Herrera, who has written books for adults, young adults and children, is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.
When he was appointed Poet Laureate, the Washington Post reported: “As a child, Herrera learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding the American chorus.”
At this year’s Taste of History, Herrera will share stories and perform with a troupe of friends, musicians and poets.
Waking up is the biggest thing. I’m a political poet – let us say a human poet, a poet that’s concerned with the plight of people who suffer. If words can be of assistance, then that’s what I’m going to use.- Juan Felipe Herrera
Also At The Event
The event also features wine tasting, food and an opportunity to view the Euphrat Museum of Art’s fall 2017 exhibit, “Kindness as Resistance.”
Proceeds will support after-school arts classes for at-risk youth, and De Anza student multi-media projects that preserve and share our local history.
Please purchase tickets by Nov. 13.
For more information, please contact Tom Izu at 408.864.8986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
View Photos from Past Years
De Anza Commission co-chair Orrin Mahoney, who served as Cupertino mayor in 2009 and 2013, was joined by 10 other former Cupertino mayors for a special A Taste of History gathering in 2013 to honor Cupertino's mayors.
- 2015 Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Panama- Pacific International Exposition
- 2014 A Taste of Wine, A Sip of Water: Water and Wine History in Silicon Valley since 1914
- 2013 A Taste of History and a Celebration of Cupertino's Mayors, 1955-2013
- 2012 A Taste of History plus a Glimpse of the Future
- 2011 A Taste of History: Celebrating Our Historic Corridor
Make a Donation
Would you like to make a donation for this program? Go to Give Now and include California History Center in the Program Other field on the donation form.
Sunken Garden Renovation
The Sunken Garden Renovation project is complete! If you have not seen it, please stop by to step into this historic center of our De Anza landscape.
Check out the Historic Review Committee site plan presentation (PDF 20 MB) for a review of how the Sunken Garden was designed to reflect it's original purpose. Slides include concept drawings and photographs of updated fixtures and native plants planned for the garden.