Photo Exhibit and Presentation Illustrate Life and Hardships in Rural Mexico

‘El Campo’ by Joseph Sorrentino kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month at RIT

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The plight of farmers and families in Mexico’s rural agricultural region known as El Campo is the topic of a talk and photo exhibit by noted Rochester photographer and activist Joseph Sorrentino at Rochester Institute of Technology Sept. 15.

The presentation seeks to shine a light on the significant challenges facing Mexican farmers in particular and the citizens of El Campo in general. According to Sorrentino, over 80 percent of campesinos (rural workers or small farmers) are defined as “extremely poor,” meaning they earn less than $2 a day.

Sorrentino’s visit to campus is the opening event of RIT activities for Hispanic Heritage Month and coincides with Mexican Independence Day. Additional events during the month will include public lectures and several film screenings.

WHAT: Presentation and photo exhibit

WHO: Joseph Sorrentino, photographer and activist

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

WHERE: College of Science Auditorium (room 1250) followed by a reception in the Dean’s Gallery in the Gannett Building lobby.