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Programs Planned for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 27, 2016

Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Fr. Jonathan DeFelice Multicultural Center, and various co-sponsors will host events through October to celebrate and recognize Hispanic and Latin American cultural contributions. Programs are open to all members of the Saint Anselm College community.

"Hispanic Heritage Month is about creating bridges," says Lourdes JimenezSpanish professor and chair of the department of Modern Languages. "We bring different cultures and communities together to showcase our struggles and successes. This month is an opportunity for us to show the college community how we are all connected."

Programming begins on September 29, when the Multicultural Center and Department of Modern Languages will provide students free tickets to attend the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) at Harvard University. BLIFF showcases films centered on issues of importance to the Hispanic community.

The Modern Languages department will present its own film festival from Oct. 5 to Oct. 28. It will begin with a screening of 2013 production of Buen día, Ramón, the story of an ambitious Mexican boy who fails to cross the border between the United States and Mexico and travels to Germany to seek a better life. Each film in the series will be shown at 5 p.m. in the Modern Languages Resources Center in Spanish with English subtitles.

On Tuesday, October 4, the college community is invited to participate in a Spanish Mass at the Abbey Church. Following the 6 p.m. service, traditional Hispanic foods will be offered to those in attendance.

Senior Politics major Ellis Boettger '17 will reflect on his spring 2016 pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, at an Oct. 27 event, entitled, "El Camino de Santiago." Boettger's pilgrimage followed a route to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great.

Other scheduled events include Salsa Madness (Oct. 6), a roundtable discussion, "Growing Up Bilingual" (Oct. 20), and spoken-word poetry with award-winning poet Elizabeth Acevedo (Oct. 29).

Sophomore Spanish major Emily Craig says she is looking forward to participating in many of this year's programs. "Hispanic Heritage Month helps me to understand more of the rich social and cultural backgrounds of the clients for whom I did translations over the summer," she says. Craig interned with LawServe, an immigration law firm in Manchester, where she translated legal documents, forms, and letters for clients. The firm serves immigrant clients specifically, assisting with complex and every-day legal matters.

This year's Hispanic Heritage Month co-sponsors include the Multicultural Center, Multicultural Student Coalition, Gender Studies minor, Modern Languages department, Campus Ministry, and Theology department.

Upcoming Events

Boston Latino International Film Festival
September 29
Harvard University
(For free tickets, visit the Multicultural Center)

Multicultural Day
October 1, 1-4 p.m.
Campus Green

Spanish Mass
October 4, 6 p.m.
Abbey Church

Film: Buen día, Ramón
October 5, 7 p.m.
Modern Languages Resources Center

Salsa Madness
October 6, 7 p.m.
Living Learning Commons Classroom

Film: Un cuento chino
October 12, 7 p.m.
Modern Languages Resources Center

"Gente Puente: Building Bridges in US Parishes"
October 18, 5:30 p.m.
Modern Languages Resources Center

Film: Una vida mejor
October 19, 7 p.m.
Modern Languages Resources Center

Roundtable Discussion: Growing Up Bilingual
October 20, 4 p.m.
Modern Languages Resources Center

"El Camino de Santiago"
October 27, 5 p.m.
Speaker: Ellis Boettger '17
Modern Languages Resources Center

Film: Ochos pasos adelante
October 28, 7 p.m.
Modern Languages Resources Center

Elizabeth Acevedo: Spoken Word
October 29, 7 p.m.
Modern Languages Resources Center

Story by Jasmine Blais '17

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