Hispanic Heritage Month 2013

Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, September 17
6 p.m. | Pinkard Room, the Athenaeum

The Department of Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures’ Florencia Cortes-Conde, associate professor and chair, and Frances Ramos Fontan, director of Goucher’s Futuro Latino Learning Center, will lead a short video presentation of “Una Mejor Vida: Latino Voices on Survival and Transformation.” This bilingual Spanish-English video presentation of interviews with Latinos residing in Maryland about their experiences as immigrants was made possible through an Innovation Grant award.

Jesús Papoleto Meléndez Poetry Reading, Panel Discussion, and Q&A
Wednesday, September 18
7 p.m. | Batza Room, the Athenaeum

Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, a New York-born Puerto Rican award-winning poet and one of the original founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement, will read from his works, answer questions, and participate in a panel discussion about issues facing Hispanic and Latina/o peoples. Other panelists will be Florencia Cortes-Conde, associate professor and chair of the Department of Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Jaquan Peterson ’17; Noah Klein ’15; and moderator Johnny Turtle, director of operations for the Kratz Center for Creative Writing.

Film Presentation and Discussion: “A Better Life”
Monday, September 23
7 p.m. | Athenaeum Room 422

Associate Professor Jeanie Murphy and Instructor Frances Ramos-Fontan—both of the Department of Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures—will present and lead a discussion of the film “A Better Life,” which portrays a few days in the life of Carlos, a gardener in Los Angeles who is raising his teenage son by himself. The film gives a realistic view of life for people living in the United States without legal status and the pitfalls of living in a place where you have no legal rights.


Panel Discussion: Health Issues Affecting Women in the U.S. Migrant Farmworkers Community
Thursday, September 26
7 p.m. | Batza Room, the Athenaeum

Goucher’s Professor of English Michelle Tokarczyk and Alexis Guild, a migrant health policy analyst of the nonprofit organization Farmworker Justice, will lead this panel discussion.  Washington, DC-based Farmworker Justice empowers migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.

Hispanic Dinner: Sabores Latinos
Thursday, October 3
6:30 p.m. | Pinkard Room, the Athenaeum

Join the student club HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Learning and Awareness) and the faculty of the Department of Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures for a delicious dinner with Hispanic flavor.

Craft Workshop
Tuesday, October 8
9 p.m. | Gopher Hole

Candace Doane, director of community living, will lead a crafts workshop in which participants can make mini piñatas.

Inca Son Concert
Thursday, October 10
7 p.m. | Hyman Forum, the Athenaeum

Inca Son (“Sound of the Inca”) performs the traditional music of its Peruvian Andean homeland. Inca Son has performed worldwide at concert halls, schools, museums, folk and world music festivals, and at the 1996 summer and 2002 Olympic Games. The concert also includes a company of national Peruvian folk-dance champions. Sponsored by the Office of the President and David Allan Robertson Lectureship Fund.

“Una Mejor Vida: Latino Voices on Survival and Transformation”
Saturday, October 12
3:30 p.m. | Athenaeum Room 422

The Department of Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures’ Florencia Cortes-Conde, associate professor and chair, and Frances Ramos Fontan, director of Goucher’s Futuro Latino Learning Center, will lead a full video presentation in Spanish of “Una Mejor Vida: Latino Voices on Survival and Transformation.”

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