October 19, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Throughout the month of October, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with additional co-sponsors is offering a variety of events to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and their culture.
The modern languages department feels it's important to share Hispanic culture with the community, especially since so many students study Spanish.
"Spanish is the second language most spoken in the United States, after English," says Professor and Modern Languages Chair Lourdes Jimenez. "We are a proud community and are happy to share our traditions, language, food, hopes, and dreams with our college-wide community. By celebrating big, we honor our own Hispanic countries and keep alive our roots."
Upcoming events include Salsa Madness with salsa dancing lessons on Oct. 22 and a viewing of the film, "Carol's Journey," on Oct. 21. Faculty, staff, and students have already attended a Spanish Mass, a panel about growing up bilingual, and a talk with Alejandro Urrutia, and viewed other films.
This year's celebration included a roundtable discussion, "Growing up Bilingual," which included students, staff, and faculty who grew up speaking English as a second language, straddling two cultures and two languages.
Participant and first-year student Angelidi Monegro, originally from the Dominican Republic, grew up speaking Spanish and only learned English when she was five years old. She took part in the panel because she loves speaking about her culture.
"I hope the panel opened people's eyes a bit more to how it is to live with some of the stereotypes mentioned," said Monegro. "I hope they learned that a lot of us (Hispanics) have two different personalities and lives when living in the U.S."
Hispanic Heritage Month was created by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 before eventually being enacted into law on August 17, 1988. It aims to identify the contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have given the United States.
October 21, 5 p.m., Film Series - "Carol's Journey"
Language Resource Center (4th floor Alumni)
October 22, 6:30 p.m., Salsa Madness
Cushing Center Lobby
Free chips and salsa at 6:30 p.m., Latin dancing begins at 7:30 p.m.