Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month 2014

September 15 to October 15, 2014

Highlighting Afro-Caribbean Culture: Identity Within a Melting Pot

Many cultural elements make up the melting pot of the Caribbean. This year’s Latino Identities Month explores Afro-Caribbean culture and its contribution to a harmonious whole. Please join us for these events, which explore the role of culture in our daily lives.

James Farmer Multicultural Center and Latino Student Association

Kickoff Celebration

Monday, Sept. 15 | 4 p.m. | Ball Circle

Rain location: The Underground, Lee Hall

Begin exploring Latin culture with food, live entertainment, and fun. Meet members of the Latino Student Association and discover the programs featured in the monthlong celebration.

Spain and Latin America in Films and Literature—CINE LIT series

Wednesdays | 5 p.m. | Room 237, Combs Hall

Sept. 17 and 24

Oct. 1, 8, and 15

Learn about Latin America as depicted in films. The series is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, whose professors will provide commentary and lead discussion.

Global Café

Wednesday, Sept. 17 | 5 p.m. | Seacobeck Hall

Co-sponsored by the Center for International Education and Campus Dining.

Cost associated: Students–1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne–$11.15 + tax

Travel around the world at Seacobeck Hall’s Global Café, with foods from the British Isles, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Morocco, Korea, Japan, Argentina, and Cuba.


Wednesday, Sept. 17 | 7 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

Co-sponsored by Campus Recreation.

Developed in the 1990s by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez, Zumba is a dance and aerobic fitness program that combines Latin and Caribbean rhythms and dances. Salsa, merengue, mambo, samba, and soca mix with martial arts, squats, and lunges for a challenging and exciting workout. Join LSA and Campus Recreation to get fit and have fun!

JFMC Human Rights Film Series Presents: “Documented: A Film by an Undocumented Immigrant”

Thursday, Sept. 18 | 6 p.m. | Room 412, Lee Hall

In an essay published in the New York Times Magazine in 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant. This film documents this history of his journey to America from the Philippines, his life in the United States as an undocumented immigrant and immigration reform activist, and his personal journey to reconnect with his mother in the Philippines.

LSA Soccer Tournament

Saturday, Sept. 20 | 4 p.m. | Campus Recreation Field

Co-sponsored by Campus Recreation.

Come enjoy a fun day of playing soccer against other UMW clubs and organizations. Sign up at tables in The Nest. See you there!

Spanish Bullfighting—A Study of Changing Cultural Values and Identity

Tuesday, Sept. 23 | 6 p.m. | Room 412, Lee Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication.

Many Spanish people consider bullfighting a reflection of Spanish identity, but others say the tradition clashes with modern cultural sensibilities. Dr. Areceli Palomino will present her research on this fascinating topic.

Out of the Cave: Latin American Art at the Heart of Creation

Tuesday, Sept. 24 | 4 p.m. | Room 107, Melchers Hall

Sponsored by the UMW Galleries, Department of Art and Art History, and the Levitt Foundation

Dr Renaldo (Dito) Morales will be giving a lecture titled  “Out of the Cave: Latin American Art at the Heart of Creation,” introducting the nexus of cave art that united mainland and Antillean Mesoamerica in a sophisticated ritual complex. This research is exposing new relationships between well-known cultures like the Maya, and those from overlooked margins, like the Taíno from the Caribbean. Art history, archaeology and ethnohistorical research inform this introduction to an important network of pre-Columbian art and ideology that should resonate with all students of Latin American culture.

Thursday Poems

Thursday, Sept. 25 |5 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication.

Bilingual poetry reading of the works of Cuban-born Rita Martin, an associate professor at Radford University. Her work speaks of the Cuban immigrant experience in the United States. Drs. Ana Chichester and Connie Smith will provide the reading.

Latino Identities Month Keynote Performer: Shayla Rivera

Thursday, Sept. 25 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, The Underground

Comedian Sheila Rivera Appears at The Ice House.

Formerly a NASA aerospace engineer, Shayla Rivera has made a name for herself as a TV host, emcee, comedian, actor, writer, producer, keynote speaker, seminar facilitator, panel moderator, and awareness expert. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Rivera discovered a passion for science and machinery and a knack for fixing things. Those interests later led to her work on McDonnell Douglas Space Systems’ shuttle and space station programs at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. After eight years, Rivera Left NASA to pursue an enduring interest in psychology and, while conducting seminars, realized she had a flair for comedy. After a weekend class on stand-up comedy and a successful five-minute performance, she reached a personal turning point. Seemingly overnight, Rivera became a regular at comedy clubs across the country. On television, she has appeared in Comics Unleashed, Extreme Fakeover, Funny is Funny, National Lampoon’s Funny Money, and other shows. She has also been featured in Paul Rodriguez’s Latino All-Stars of Comedy and the Comedy Central special Comedy Rehab with Paul Rodriguez. Rivera has headlined Telemundo’s Latino Comedy Jam, as well as entertainment programs for Univision and Galavision. She won the city of Los Angeles’ 2004 Mario Moreno Cantinflas Award, which recognized her community involvement and ability as a performer to “represent the Latino community with the same humor as the great Cantinflas.” In 2007, Rivera received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, presented by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Cheap Seats Cinema Presents: “Instructions Not Included”

Friday & Saturday, Sept. 26 & 27| 7pm, 10pm| room 116, Monroe Hall

Starring and directed by Eugenio Derbez, a man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep six years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.

Kings, Republics, and Nationalism in Spain: The Spanish Civil Wars’ Legacy in 21st-Century Political Debates

Monday, Sept. 29 | 6 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

Dr. Jose A. Sainz, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and director of the Center for International Education, will lead a discussion on how the Spanish Civil War and royal family affect contemporary Spain.

The Trans-Atlantic Route of Afro-Caribbean Culture

Tuesday, Sept. 30 | 5:30 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Dr. Marcelo Fajardo-Cardenas will give a lecture, illustrated by musician, dancer, and DJ Alberto Limonta “Limon” Perez, addressing the roots, development, and importance of Afro-Caribbean culture in literature, music and dance.

The Latino Melting Pot Dinner

Thursday, Oct. 2 | 5 p.m. | Smart Market, Seacobeck Hall

Co-sponsored by Campus Dining.

Cost associated: Students–1 meal swipe; Cash/Credit/EagleOne–$11.15 + tax

Join the students of the Latino Student Association in the Smart Market for the Latino Melting Pot Dinner. Meet the LSA board and learn about the diverse cultures and foods of Latin America.

Bomba: Afro-Puerto Rican Dance Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 4 | 4 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

Bomba is one of the traditional music styles of Puerto Rico, a fusion of the Spanish, African, and Taino cultures. Developed in the city of Mayagüez by the slaves of sugar plantations, Bomba was a way for the diverse African populations to communicate, unite, and forget about their troubles. Semilla Cultural, a nonprofit group dedicated to cultivating Puerto Rican traditions in Virginia, will teach a Bomba dance workshop. Join Semilla Cultural and LSA and learn about Afro-Caribbean music and dance!

UMW Jazz Ensemble’s Latin Jazz Night 

Tuesday, Oct. 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Pollard Recital Hall

The band explores mambo, beguine, bolero, rumba, salsa, bossa, tango, Latin rock, and, of course, Latin jazz. The group will present the music of Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Chucho Valdes, Consuelo Velazquez, Jobim, Pancho Sanchez, Santana, and many more.

Feria/Dinner Theater

Wednesday, Oct. 8 | 5 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall

Cuisine is one of the most recognized and unique aspects of Latin cultures. Come share the night with us and take your taste buds on a journey through Central and South America as we sample dishes from many countries.


For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or visit our Web page at