Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month 2016

September 15 to October 15, 2016



Kickoff Celebration

Thursday, 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 month long celebration.

Movie Night: “Under The Same Moon”

Tuesday, Sept. 20 | 8 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite.

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

Wednesdays: Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 12 | 5 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

During the LIM, students, faculty, and staff will be presented films from Latin America and Spain.


Thursday Poems

Thursday, Sept. 22 | 5 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

Sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication

Clement Animan Akassi, associate professor at Howard University, will come and read from the works of Cuban poet Gaston Baquero. Dr. Ana Chichester will host the reading.


Latino Identities Month Keynote Speaker: Antonio Gonzalez

Tuesday, Sept. 27 | 7 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Antonio Gonzalez is president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), the largest and oldest nonpartisan Latino voter participation organization in the United States. Gonzalez and SVREP have been central figures in the dramatic growth of Latino political participation across the nation between 1994 and 2012, which has seen Latino voting increase from 5 million to more than 11 million. Gonzalez is a regular commentator on the Public Radio International’s Tavis Smiley Show and Univision Radio’s Ruben Luengas Show. He hosts a weekly radio show on Pacifica’s KPFK in Los Angeles. In 2005 Time Magazine named Gonzalez one of America’s 25 most influential Hispanics.


JFMC Human Rights Film Series Presents: “The Latino List

Thursday, Sept. 29 | 6 p.m. | Room 412, Lee Hall

HBO presents a unique glimpse into the vibrant and burgeoning culture of Hispanic America through a series of highly personal video portraits of Latinos who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society. Funny, poignant and irreverent, The Latino List illuminates the Latino experience today, at the time when the Latino population in the US is booming.

The Latino List: Volume 1 spotlights a diverse range of notables from music, science, journalism, theater, politics, business, and government. In intimate interviews with NPR correspondent Maria Hinojosa, these prominent Hispanic Americans discuss such subjects as the childhood inspirations that fueled their ambitions, how they achieved success, the evolving American cultural landscape they helped mold, the importance of preserving distinct cultural identity for future generations to embrace, and the challenges of discrimination.

The subjects share stories of growing up Latino in America, how their backgrounds shaped their philosophies and their feelings on a society where new opportunities abound, but challenges still exist. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, including Cuban, Colombian, Honduran, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and more, each interviewee has a unique perspective on his or her American success story.

Subjects featured in The Latino List: Volume 1 includes entertainers Gloria Estefan, Eva Longoria, and John Leguizamo, astronaut Jose Moreno Hernandez, golfer Juan Antonio “Chi-Chi” Rodriguez, US Senator Robert “Bob” Menendez, and Associate Justice to the US Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor.


“A Legacy of Hope”

Monday, Oct. 3 | 4 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

The documentary, “Underwater dreams. The robots were just the beginning.” will be introduced by Dr. Maria Laura Bocaz.  It offers a moving testimony of an outstanding group of sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants who learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. “It was hailed by Johnathan Alter as “the most politically significant documentary film since Waiting for Superman (the Daily Beast). A discussion will follow the screening.


Latino Melting Pot Dinner

Tuesday, Oct. 4 | 5 p.m. | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center

Cost: 1 meal swipe, Cash /Credit /EagleOne $11.80 + tax

Co-sponsored by Campus Dining

Join the students of Latino Student Association for the Latino Melting Pot Dinner. Meet the LSA Executive Board and learn about the diverse cultures and the foods of Latin America.


UMW Jazz Ensemble’s Latin Jazz Night 

Wednesday, Oct. 5 | 6 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

The band explores various Latin sounds and rhythms which had, and continues to have, a major impact on jazz. The group will present the music of Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Chucho Valdes, Consuelo Velazquez, Jobim, Poncho Sanchez, Santana, and many more.


Bomba: Afro-Puerto Rican Dance Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 8 | 4 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Bomba is one of the traditional music styles of Puerto Rico, a fusion of the Spanish, African, and Taino cultures. Semilla Cultural, a nonprofit group dedicated to cultivating Puerto Rican arts in Virginia, will teach a Bomba dance workshop.  Audience members will learn the basics of bomba dance, different dance movements and enjoy live music. Join Semilla Cultural and LSA and learn about Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance!


Measuring and Mapping the Contributions of New Americans

Monday, Oct. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Room 412, Lee Hall

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. James Witte is the director of for the Institute for Immigration Research, George Mason University. The mission of the institute is to refocus the immigration conversation among academics, policy-makers, and the public, including the business community and the media, by producing and disseminating unbiased and objective, interdisciplinary academic research related to immigrants and immigration to the United States. Much of the work done by the center in the DC area is on Latino population, from day workers to cultural entrepreneurs. Dr. Witte will speak on the most recent research and how it relates to the current electoral debate on immigration policy.


Feria/Dinner Theater

Thursday, Oct. 13 | 5 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

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 a variety of bomba rhythms, singers and dancers. The performance will be fun and interactive, allowing for public participation.

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