Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month 2015

September 15 to October 15, 2015


Kickoff Celebration

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

Rain location: The Underground, Lee Hall

Begin 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 monthlong celebration.

Global Café

Wednesday, Sept. 16 | 5 p.m. | 4th Floor Dining Room, University Center

Cost: 1 meal swipe; Flex: $10.25; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $11.50 + tax

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

Enjoy enticing cuisines from all around the globe while you explore UMW’s many international learning experiences.

For more information contact Campus Dining at or call 540-654-2169.

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

Wednesdays: Sept. 16, 23 & 30 and Oct. 7 | 5 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

Do you like films and Latino culture? Learn about Latin America as depicted in films of different countries. The series is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and DFML professors will provide commentary and lead discussion.


JFMC Human Rights Film Series Presents: The Hand that Feeds

Thursday, Sept. 17 | 6 p.m. | room 412, Lee Hall

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

LSA Soccer Tournament

Saturday, Sept. 19 | 3 p.m. | Campus Recreation Field

Co-sponsored by Campus Recreation.

Come enjoy a fun day of playing soccer against other UMW clubs and organizations! To sign up a team, contact LSA at
A Mayan Adventure: Backpacking Through the Yucatan 

Monday, Sept. 21 | 6 p.m. | room 412, Lee Hall

Co-sponsored by UMW Department of Linguistics

Dr. Araceli Palomino went backpacking through Mexico and Central America looking to explore Mayan ruins, but ended up learning more about Latin America and her own cultural identity. This event will describe her time backpacking through Mexico’s Yucatan and Central America, including Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala, discuss special experiences and attractions of the regions, cultural lessons, and tips for those interested in a similar backpacking trip!


Open Class Discussion: El Baron del Terror (The Brainiac) 

Tuesday, Sept. 22 | 3:30 p.m. | room 139, Combs Hall

Co-sponsored by UMW Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication

Dr. Antonio Barrenechea will facilitate an open-class discussion of one of the most celebrated and bizarre cult films of all time. El Baron del Terror is a classic Mexican revenge story that features a brain-eating monster!

Note: Individuals are asked to view the film in advance of this discussion.



Saturday, Sept. 26 | 4:00 p.m. | Ball Circle

Rain location: TBA

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 addances. 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!


UMW Music Department’s Latin Music Night 

Monday, Sept. 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Pollard Recital Hall, room 304

The Music Department celebrates Latino Identities Month with a variety of music. Classical and Latin Jazz works will be presented. The concert is free and open to the public.


Latino Identities Month Keynote Performer:  Joe Hernandez-Kolski

Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m., Digitial Auditorium, Information & Technology Convergence Center (ITCC)


Two-time HBO Def Poet Joe Hernandez-Kolski blends spoken word poetry and comedy to create an experience that is hard-hitting, truthful, and incredibly funny. Having rarely left an audience without a standing ovation, he is fervently committed to both entertaining and challenging people with his intimate, cutting-edge performances. World-renowned Professor Cornel West says, “Joe’s work offers a fresh perspective that is both honest and insightful.” A graduate of Princeton University, Hernandez-Kolski is helping shape the dialogue and minds of today’s youth.

As a spoken word poet, Hernandez-Kolski recently opened for John Mellencamp in his hometown of Chicago. He has performed at over fifty colleges and universities around the country. He’s performed his show all over the country, two performances on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.

Based in Los Angeles, Hernandez-Kolski’s credits as an actor include the summer blockbuster Hancock, starring Will Smith, and he recently shot a scene with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx in The Soloist, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement). He continues to host Downbeat 720, an open-mic for high school youth that he co-founded. The televised version, Downbeat Showdown, which he hosted and produced, received the LA Emmy for “Outstanding Youth Programming.” He says: “All I can do is tell my own story and if that helps lead a person toward their true passion, that’s the beauty of art.”

Remembering Latin American Nobel Prize Laureates: a Bilingual Reading
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m.,  room 139, Combs Hall
Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Join Dr. Maria Laura Bocaz for a bilingual reading of the works by Latin American Nobel Laureates.

Bomba: Afro-Puerto Rican Dance Workshop – Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather
Saturday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m., Lee Hall, room 411
Bomba is one of the traditional music styles of Puerto Rico, a unique fusion of the Spanish, African, and Taino cultures. Developed in the city of Mayagüez by the slaves of sugar plantations, the lively rhythms of Bomba was a way for the diverse African populations to communicate, unite, and forget about their troubles. Semilla Cultural, a non-profit group dedicated to cultivating Puerto Rican culture and traditions in Virginia, will be teaching a Bomba dance workshop. Join Semilla Cultural and LSA and learn about Afro-Caribbean music and dance!

Feria/Dinner Theater
Thursday, Oct. 8 | 5 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall
Latin 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 other. Come share the night with us and take your taste buds on a journey as we sample dishes from different Latin American countries. For entertainment, Semilla Cultural will offer a performance that will include the Puerto Rican music and dance of Bomba and Plena. The performance will be fun and interactive, allowing for public participation.