Hispanic Heritage Month


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Past Events

2012 Calendar of Events October 4 - October 10

Thursday October 4
7:00 -9:00 P.M.
University Center Theater

Documentary and Discussion Night!
Hosted and moderated by: LIz Heath, Modern and Classical Languages.

Cracking the Maya Code

"The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script, carved on monuments, painted on pottery, and drawn in handmade bark-paper books. For centuries, scholars considered it too complex ever to understand—until recently, when an ingenious series of breakthroughs finally cracked the code and unleashed a torrent of new insights into the Mayas' turbulent past. For the first time, NOVA presents the epic inside story of how the decoding was done—traveling to the remote jungles of southern Mexico and Central America to investigate how the code was broken and what Maya writings now reveal."

NOVA's webpage on PBS's website: Cracking the Maya Code - 24 September 2012


Monday, October 8
7:00-9:00 P.M.
University Center Theater

Spanish Movie and Discussion Night!
Hosted and Moderated by: Dr. Grazyna Walczak, Modern and Classical Languages

Even the Rain

"Even The Rain" (También la lluvia; Spain, 2010), directed by Icíar Bollaín, is a featured movie inspired by the "Cochabamba Water War", which took place between December 1999 and April 2000. In this provocative film-within-a-film, a Spanish director and his crew shoot a movie about the obsession for gold by Christopher Columbus and his people; as they film the old conflict, the movie makers witness the protests of the local people against plans of water privatization agreed to by the Bolivian government. Past and present, fiction and reality mix together, giving expression to the Indians' eternal struggle against exploitation. This time their fight is not for the gold, but for the most vital of elements: water.

"Even the Rain" has won many international awards, such as the Ariel Award for Best Ibero-American Film and three Goya Awards. It was also nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde, Raúl Arévalo , Carlos Santos, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Milena Soliz, Vicente Romero, Dani Currás, Pau Cólera, Sonia Ovando, Luis Bredow


Wednesday, October 10
7:00-8:30 P.M.
University Center Theater

Mayan Languages Alive in Georgia!
Lecture presented by Dr. Ransom Gladwin, MCL

Dr. Ransom Gladwin, MCL

Maya languages have a 5,000 year old history. Not only have these ancient languages directly supplied regional place names and words we still use today, but speakers of Modern Mayan languages live and work in our area.

Dr. Gladwin will showcase his sociolinguistic research on Meso-American language speakers in Florida and Georgia and relate how important such language maintenance studies are in the 21st century. This event is free and open to the public.

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2012 Calendar of Events October 11-October 31

Thursday, October 18
7:00-9:00 P.M.
University Center Theater


LASA Movie Night!
Hosted by The Latin American Student Association. Moderated by: Dr. Michelle Forbes, MCL

Casi Casi

"Casi Casi" (2006) Running for Student Council President will impress the popular girl, until she decides she wants to be president, too.

Jaime VallésTony Vallés

Tony VallésJaime Vallés

Marian PabonMario Pabón and Irene Lucio | See full cast and crew


Tuesday, October 23
7:00-9:00 P.M.
Bailey Science Center Auditorium

"The Maya Nation: Past, Present and Future, and it's contribution to Our World Today"

Luis Marcos

Guest Lecturer Luis Marcos of the General Council of the Maya, and La Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: Reinforcing Our Roots, Living Our Maya Heritage (CMPI)

During this lecture titled “The Maya Nation: Past, Present and Future- and Its Contribution to our World Today” participants will deepen their understanding of the world view of the contemporary Maya Nation, and other First Nations on our continent.  We will briefly look at the aspirations of the Indigenous Nations as described in the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations.  Mr. Marcos perspective is that of a Q’anjob’al Maya. Mr. Marcos is a Human Rights Advocate and Community Organizer.  This event is open to the public.

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October 26, 2012
5:00-7:00 P.M.
Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts,
527 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA 31602

“Mayan food today: An Exploration of the Mayan influence on Modern Hispanic and American Cuisine.”

Maya God of Corn

As is fitting for the closing event for HHM 2012, Dr. Adolfo Carrillo-Cabello, along with our sponsors, Snake Nation Press and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts will host an exploration of the Maya influence on Modern Hispanic and American cuisine. Dr. Carrillo-Cabello will present the method of traditional tortilla making in Mexico, and Chef Tommy Hernandez will give a lesson on how to make empanadas. Participants from the Latin American Student Association, Modern and Classical Languages, and others from VSU, will prepare dishes using the sacred ingredient of corn, and other ingredients. Guests will be able to sample the dishes while learning more about corn and the Maya influence on our diet and our lives. This event is free and open to the public.

Annette Howell Turner, Center for the ArtsSnake Nation Press

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