Erica Bennett is a tenured librarian at Fullerton College where she teaches information literacy skills. During the course of a typical work day you might see Erica instructing students at the Reference Desk or in the 827 Classroom, and in her office or in the book stacks developing the Mathematics, Business, Theatre Arts, and Physical Science collections. Erica also builds and maintains the Library websites, and coordinates Library technology and software.
Her short documentary Mendez v. Westminster: Families for Equality about the 1945-1947 Orange County, California desegregation case has aired on PBSs local Orange County public broadcaster KOCE-TV, the OC Channel, since October 2010.
The film is centered around her play for students El Primer Dia de Clases, which was performed by Fullerton College Mendez Project students for the community and local Orange County high school students in 2008-2009. She continues to mentor former and current Fullerton College Mendez Project students. Their most recent performance was a dramatic reading of the Mendez v. Westminster pre-trial testimony for the California Council for the Promotion of History in October 2011. In November 2011 Bennett’s play Water Closet was read by the White Horse Theater Company at the Dramatists Guild of America Frederick Loewe Room in New York. Plays Freed and Jolly and Bean were stage-read in the Orange County and Los Angeles area in 2009.
Erica received her BA in Theater from California State University of Fullerton, and studied acting with Jose Quintero and Stella Adler. She is featured in Benicio Del Toro's short film Submission. She worked for nearly ten years in dramatic television production on such shows as The Young Riders, Under Suspicion and The Big Easy. Bennett received a Master of Library & Information Science from UCLA, and is a member of the Society of California Archivists, Dramatists Guild of America and the Orange County Playwrights Alliance.
Mendez v. Westminster: Families for Equality continues to air on KOCE-TV, the OC Channel. Check for air dates and times @ http://occhannel.pbssocal.org/schedule/schedule.php#KOCE. You may receive a dvd as a gift with a small donation from the Fullerton College Foundation at email@example.com. Or call (714) 525-5651 to request a copy. Copies of the dvd are on reserve at the Fullerton College Library, and available for check-out with a student ID card.
Erica's historiography, "California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA): the first twenty years", is included in ABC-CLIOs print publication PATHWAYS TO PROGRESS: ISSUES AND ADVANCES IN LATINO LIBRARIANSHIP. John L. Ayala and Salvador Guerena, Editors.