Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month Celebration 2018
Celebrating Our Differences: Redefining What It Means to be Latino

¡Bienvenidos!  Join the Latino Student Association, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and the UMW learning community in exploring, recognizing, and celebrating Hispanic and Latino identities through samples of its food, music, and art.  In additional, there will be educational seminars to address and raise awareness of current issues facing many Spanish-speaking communities, and society, in general. By attending these activities, you will be able to understand and get a view of the significant roles and contributions that Latinos play in our society ¡Hasta pronto!

Kick-off Celebration

Monday, Sept. 17 | 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.

Approaches to Latino Literature Series: Canek Sánchez Guevara’s 33 Revolutions (2015)

Tuesday, Sept. 18 | 5 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

Co-Sponsored by the Departments of English, Linguistics, and Communication, History and American Studies, and Modern Languages and Literature

UMW professors Antonio Barrenechea (ELC), Krystyn Moon (AMST), and Marcelo Fajardo-Cardenas (MLL) share multiple disciplinary perspectives on a novel central to the contemporary Latino experience.  Topics discussed will include literary aesthetics, Cuban history and culture, and American hemispheric relations.

Salsa Night

Friday, Sept. 21 | 7 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in the Caribbean.  The movements of salsa have origins in Puerto Rican bomba and plena, Cuban Son, cha-cha-cha, mambo and other dance forms.  Come out for a fun and energetic evening learning various salsa styles and become the best salsa dancer on campus!

Latino Identities Month Keynote Performer: Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble

Monday, Sept. 24 | 5 p.m. | Pollard Hall, Room 304

Group of men and women holding musical instruments With its mesmerizing style and sound, the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble has captivated audiences with soulful arrangements of Argentine tango standards and original compositions that create a dynamic tango and pan-Latin fusion. Lyricist/vocalist Lorena Guillén and composer/bassist Alejandro Rutty each have rich and extensive experience in Argentine tango, jazz, classical and contemporary music, and other world and popular music styles.  All can be heard on their debut recording, The Other Side of My Heart.  It is an oral-history musical piece based on interviews with six Latina immigrants to North Carolina. The women’s testimonies became the lyrics of six songs, and fragments of their recorded voices can be heard throughout the piece.

Based in North Carolina, the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble has been committed to collaborations and concerts with the Latino organizations of the region, such as Casa Azul of Greensboro and the Hispanic League of Winston Salem, and their new recording reflects that community engagement.

The ensemble has presented its music nationally and internationally at Kleinhans Music Hall and the Calumet Arts Café in Buffalo, NY; at the MusicBox Theater and Folk Research Center in Saint Lucia, West Indies; and for concert series sponsored by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet (NY).


Latin America in Films and Literature—CINE LIT series

Thursdays: Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11 | 5 p.m. | Room 237, Combs Hall

Through film and literature, this program offers a historic and cultural vision about the different countries in Latin America. Additionally, this program celebrates the rich and diverse culture of different Latin American countries and promotes the importance to our students.

Admissions: Student Stories from Undocumented America
Wednesday, Sept. 26 | 6 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

Admissions delves into the inherent contradictions and psychological implications of undocumented students trapped at the intersection of education policy and broken immigration system. The stories of four students demonstrate both the dehumanizing effects of marginalization and their determination to receive a higher education. An experimental sound design, unsynchronized imagery, and a sophisticated metaphorical language are used to tell their poignant narratives—Jong Min discovering why he can’t find his green card, Viridiana buying fake papers with her mother, Chariles’s desire to study philosophy while picking strawberries, and Blanca’s identity crisis when she returns to Mexico speaking “like a gringa.” Admissions creates a space of dialogue and create awareness of the complex issues of immigration, education and belonging.

Bomba: Afro-Puerto Rican Dance Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 29 | 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!


Music: The Latin Touch (NEW DATE & TIME)

Sunday, Sept. 30 | 3:00 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

The UMW Concert Band with the UMW Jazz, Flute, and Brass Ensembles perform music inspired by the irresistible sounds and rhythms of Latin music.  Come and enjoy an evening of music as these groups share the excitement of music with the “Latin Touch.”

The Truth Behind Illegal and Legal Immigration
Tuesday, Oct. 2 | 6 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Immigration has been an ongoing issue in the United States for several decades. The definition of who is legal or illegal has become a popular topic of conversation in today’s political and social climate. Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Latino Student Association for a discussion on the history of illegal and legal immigration, immigrant rights, legislation, sanctuary cities, migrant workers, and border security.


Latino Melting Pot Dinner
Wednesday, Oct. 3 | 5 p.m. | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center
Cost: 1 meal swipe, Cash /Credit /EagleOne $12.25 + tax
Co-sponsored by Campus Dining

Join the students of the 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.

Movie Night: “Instructions Not Included”

Monday, Oct. 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Ball Circle

Rain Location: Colonnade Room, University Center

This movie is a 2013 Mexican comedy-drama film co-written, directed by, and starring Eugenio Derbez. The plot follows a Mexican playboy who is suddenly saddled with a love child at his doorstep, and sets off to Los Angeles to find the mother.  After six years of making a new life for him and his new daughter, he suddenly finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.


Sabor Latino

Wednesday, Oct. 10 | 5 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Please come and join us as we enjoy authentic Latin cuisine, entertaining and exciting performances, music and a fashion show to represent the different countries of Latin America.


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