Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month 2013

“Living on the Border: Finding Latino Identity in the USA”

Have you ever felt part of two different identities? One of the obstacles with migrating to the United States is leaving one’s culture and customs behind. In doing so, one obtains and adjusts to a new culture while having to neglect and reject his or her own culture in order to assimilate into U.S society. Our celebration explores the challenges that one may face when adapting to a different and unknown culture. However, while leaving one’s culture behind, it is still is a part of he/she. The symbol of Living on the Border signifies the struggle between two different cultures- the Latino and American. Please come and celebrate with us with each of our events as we discover the importance of culture in our daily lives and decisions.

James Farmer Multicultural Center &
Latino Student Association


Kick-Off Celebration

Monday, September 16 | 4 p.m. | Ball Circle

Rain location: The Underground, Lee Hall

Begin the journey of exploring Latino culture through a celebration that fuses food, live entertainment, and fun. Meet members of the Latino Student Association and discover what wonderful programs are featured through the month-long celebration.


Special UMW Exhibition: “Converging Cultures: Works by Latino Artists”

September 5 to October 5 | Ridderhof Martin Gallery

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 1 pm to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday

Free admission

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5 | 5 p.m. | Ridderhof Martin Gallery

This exhibition is meant to showcase artwork that is by Latino artists to demonstrate the range and depth of such work and its place in the mainstream of American art. For more information, please visit the Ridderhof Martin Gallery website at .


Latin America in Films and Literature—CINE LIT series

Wednesdays | Combs Hall, room 237

September 11, 5 p.m.: Machuca (2004, Chile, director Andrés Wood)
September 25, 4 p.m.: La Voz Dormida (2011, Spain, director Benito Zambrano)
October 2, 5 p.m.: Paloma de Papel (2003, Peru, director Fabrizio Aguilar)
October 16, 5 p.m.: Habana Blues (2005, Cuba/Spain, director Benito Zambrano)

Do you like films and Latino culture? Come learn about the depictions of Latin America through the films of different countries, presented by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, followed by commentary and discussion led by DFML professors.


“Spanish Culture in the United States: A Heritage to Celebrate”

Wednesday, September 18 | 5 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 412

Dr. Rei Berroa, professor of Latin American Literature at George Mason University as well as a poet and essayist from the Dominican Republic, will give a talk on the tradition of poetry in Hispanic culture.


“Listening In (Loudly): Latinos, Labor, and Spanish-language Radio”

Wednesday, September 18 |7 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 412

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and American Studies, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and CARC

Dr. Dolores Inés Casilla, assistant professor of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, gives an exciting and engaging talk on the subject of Spanish-language radio. For U.S. Latinos, Spanish broadcasts have become increasingly politically significant in the context of contemporary debates over English-only state mandates and proposed anti-immigrant legislation. It is not at all surprising to (over)hear Spanish-language radio from the kitchens of restaurants, outside construction sites, or on hotel housekeeping carts. The very public nature of most Spanish-language radio listening represents a communal and classed form of listening experience, that differs markedly from “white collar” modes of listening–more solitary practices promoted by commuting in private cars and listening to personal satellite radios, iPods, or Internet broadcasts.


Bilingual Poetry Reading: Dr. Rei Berroa

Thursday, September 19 | 5 p.m. | Combs Hall, room 139

Dr. Rei Berroa of George Mason University is to give a bilingual poetry reading.


Film and Discussion: Maria Full of Grace

Thursday, September 19 | 9 p.m. | Ball Circle

Rain location: Lee Hall, room 412

Please note, this event will occur at Lee Hall, room 412.

Join LSA in watching a Colombian-American movie that has earned critical acclaim in the movie industry. Maria Full of Grace portrays a young pregnant Colombian teenager who involves herself with drug trafficking in order to survive and provide for her family.


“New Technologies as Expression of New Discourse in Cuba”

Friday, Sept. 20 | 5 p.m. | Combs Hall, room 139

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communications

Dr. Ted Henken, associate professor and chair of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department at Baruch College, City University of New York, presents his research into the Cuban blogging phenomenon.


Latino Identities Month Keynote Speaker: Christine Chavez

Wednesday, Sept. 25 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411

Chavez-Christine1  Christine Chavez has a made a lifetime commitment to civil rights, the labor movement, and community organizing. Today, Christine works for the United States Department of Agriculture where she serves as the Farmworker Coordinator. Prior to that, she served as the United Farm Workers’ political director. Christine once heard her grandfather, Cesar Chavez, say “we don’t need perfect political systems, we need perfect participation.” Taking it to heart she has come to master the art of modern day campaigning and community organizing. Latina Magazine recently named Christine as one of their top Latinas for her longtime involvement with civil rights issues; particularly, her work on marriage equality.


Salsa Night

Thursday, September 26 | 7 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

Did you know that Salsa music and dancing originated in Cuba, but was popularized by Puerto Rican immigrants in New York City? Combining African rhythms, Spanish instruments and themes, and American jazz and swing, salsa is a musical melting pot that truly represents life and identity on the border. Join us for a fun and cultural learning experience.


LSA Soccer Tournament

Sunday, September 29 | 10 a.m. | Campus Recreation Field

Come enjoy a fun day of playing soccer against other UMW clubs and organizations! Sign-ups will be at tables located at The Nest. See you there!


On Identity in the Arts: What it Means to be “Latino”

Sunday, September 29 | 2 p.m. | Ridderhof Martin Gallery

Artist and art critic F. Lennox Campello delivers an illustrated and sometimes irreverent discussion on the history and evolution of the Latino ethnic label while raising important questions on the issue.


Assimilation and Acculturation–Identity problems of Latinos in the USA

Tuesday, October 1 | 5:30 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411

Dr. Debra Schleef, UMW chair and professor of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology will give a talk on identity problems faced by Latino populations in the United States as a result of attempts to assimilate or acculturate to American society as well as lead a discussion on the subject.


The AIDS Humanitarian Crisis Around the Globe: A Spanish Writer’s Perspective

Wednesday, October 2 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Modern Languages and Literatures; English, Linguistics, and Communications; Theater and Dance; Women’s and Gender Studies; the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

Since AIDS was first recognized in 1981, the syndrome has killed 30 million people around the globe.  Another 35 million are infected with the HIV virus.  Emilio Williams will share a sneak peak into an adventure that has take him from Chicago to Timbuktu, from Barcelona to Lagos, and beyond, in a journey of discovery that will offer us a surprising update on one of the most complex and devastating pandemics in history.


From Notebooks to the Stage: A Playwright’s Perspective into Creativity

Thursday, October 3 | 5 p.m. | Combs Hall, room 139

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Modern Languages and Literatures; English, Linguistics, and Communications; Theater and Dance; Women’s and Gender Studies; the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

Emilio Williams will share insight into the creative process, alongside dramatic readings of his award-winning plays.  Spanish playright and former journalist Emilio Williams visits UMW to share his creative process and his experiences documenting the AIDS crisisng.  His plays have been produced in Spain, France, Estonia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


UMW Jazz Ensemble’s Latin Jazz Night

Thursday, October 3 | 7 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

The band explores various Latin musical styles; mambo, bequine, 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.


Dreamers’ Panel

Tuesday, October 8 | 5:30 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 412

The Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), is a bill that would provide conditional permanent residency and the opportunity to obtain higher education for immigrants of good moral character that have graduated high school. Come hear active dreamers voice their experiences!


Feria/Dinner Theater

Thursday, October 10 | 5 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall

Latino cuisine is one of the most recognized and unique aspects of our cultures. Varied and diverse, the food of Central and South America is unlike any in the world. Come share the night with us and take your taste buds for a journey as we sample dishes from different Latin American countries.


For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.