Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

September 15, 2010

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage


VALDOSTA -- The Department of Modern and Classical Languages will host a series of spirited events in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month -- which celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came to America from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation, established in 1968, is celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15 -- during which time five Latin American countries as well as Mexico and Chile celebrate the anniversaries of their independence. Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, also falls within this 30-day period.

ART SHOW “Abstract Shades of Reality”
Experience the masterful artwork of Dr. Luis G. Bejarano, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American literature.
Opening reception: 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at Hildegard’s, 101 E. Central Ave.

Gran Festival Hispano: Live Latin Music and Fiesta
12:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the New Flea Market, Exit 5, Lake Park, Ga.

Latin Dance Lessons and Fiesta
Dr. Ellen Friedrich, associate professor of Spanish, will host a series of Latin dance lessons:

7:30-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the UC Magnolia Room

7:30-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the UC Cypress Room

First Friday Latin Food Bash and Fiesta
VSU Spanish students invite the community to come and sample traditional Latin fare from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, on the second floor of Hildegard’s, 101 E. Central Ave.

Study Abroad Forum
Students will share study abroad experiences during an information session about programs in Argentina, Mexico and Spain. Dr. Ransom Gladwin, associate professor of Spanish and foreign language education, will moderate the discussion.
Noon - 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, in West Hall, room 138

For more information about VSU-sponsored Hispanic Heritage Month events, e-mail Patricia A. Saunders, administrative secretary for the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, at pastone@valdosta.edu, or call her at 229-333-5948.