Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic and Latino Cultures in the US and Abroad

September 15 through October 15, PSU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of events that recognize the cultures, contributions, and histories of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States and abroad.

International Coffee Tasting

HUB Fireplace Lounge
More information: Eric Cintrón at eocintron@plymouth.edu
Awaken your taste buds to the different blends of coffee from around the Spanish-speaking world. Learn the proper coffee-tasting procedure as you try some of the most popular coffee exports from places such as Colombia, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico!
Free and open to the public
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Hable aunque no hable

Burrito Me (Main Street, Plymouth)
and
Wednesdays, September 18 and October 16, noon–1 p.m.
Union Grille at the HUB
More information: Wilson Garcia at wagarcia@plymouth.edu
Join us for lunch and practice your Spanish in a very informal setting (or just enjoy hearing the language!). It doesn’t matter what level you are; we welcome everyone, from beginner to fluent speakers.
Free and open to the public
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Latin Dance Class

D&M Room 402
More information: Jane Barry at jane.barry@plymouth.edu
Dance to Latin music rhythms. Salsa instructor Juli Pruden will give a short demonstration prior to the live music dance. Join us!
Free and open to the public

Desperation and Dreams: Baseball and the Dominican Republic

Hyde 220
Presenter: Meg Peterson (megp@plymouth.edu)
Dominicans dominate major league baseball. Almost one-third of all baseball players are born outside the US, and Dominicans are the most heavily represented group. Their recent triumph in the World Baseball Classic drew more attention to this tiny Caribbean country, about twice the size of New Hampshire. What are the factors that produce so many baseball players? What difficulties do they overcome to reach the major leagues? What challenges do they face here in the United States? What about accusations of falsification of documents or exploitative buscones? How does all of this relate to Dominican ideas about race and to the Dominican educational system? Why should we care?
Free and open to the public
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Nicaragua Folkloric Dance Ensemble

HUB Hage Room
Presenter: Compas of Nicaragua/PSU Nicaragua Club
More information: Eric Cintrón at eocintron@plymouth.edu
Through dancing performed to marimba music in beautiful costumes and dresses, video, storytelling, and gourd art displays, learn the story of Women in Action, a group of 40 women living in one of the poorest settlements of Managua, Nicaragua, who are working together to organize community health, nutrition, and education programs.
Free and open to the public

The Plymouth/Ecuador Connection

Hyde 120
Presenter: Len Reitsma (leonr@plymouth.edu)
Dr. Reitsma will share his experiences working with the indigenous communities in the forest areas of Ecuador during his research birding projects.
Free and open to the public
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The Hispanic Family

Hyde 220
Presenters: Scott Meyer, Eric Cintron, and Wilson Garcia
More information: Scott Meyer at scottm@plymouth.edu
Within the context of the Southwest and Puerto Rico, this presentation will explore the importance of the family as one of the most enduring values in Hispanic/Latino culture. This presentation will discuss the role of the Hispanic/Latino family on the education of Hispanic/Latino students. This presentation also plans to web-conference with students, faculty, staff, and community members from Western New Mexico University.
Free and open to the public.

“Viva España” presentation on Spain and its people

Hyde 120
Presenter: Michael Farkas
More information: Wilson Garcia at wagarcia@plymouth.edu
Come experience the excitement of being a PSU student in Spain. Learn about the unique and exciting culture of Spain, from flamenco dancers to bullfighters, cobblestone streets to Mediterranean coasts, and local cuisines.
Free and open to the public.

Zoot Suit Riots

Hyde 317
Presenter: Francis Williams (fmwilliams@plymouth.edu)
In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican-American man ignited long-simmering ethnic and racial tensions in Los Angeles. As police rounded up hundreds of potential suspects, many “zoot-suiters” were among those caught up in the dragnet. Subsequently, sixteen young Mexican-Americans were found guilty of the murder in a trial that was generally viewed as wholly biased. Though the convictions were ultimately overturned, the incident sparked a series of violent riots and confrontations that forced America to change some of its practices.
Free and open to the public. Space may be limited.

Movie: Gun Hill Road

Hyde 317
Presenter: Francis Williams (fmwilliams@plymouth.edu)
Hyde 220
Presenters: Delilah Smith and Roxana Fera
More information: Delilah Smith at drsmith@plymouth.edu
Gun Hill Road is the story of a family in transition. A young man explores his sexuality in an intolerant and judgmental world, and his exploration has an impact on his relationship with his parents and himself. This is a joint event with Queer History Month.
Free and open to the public
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Book and film displays

Lamson Library and online at library.plymouth.edu
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, President’s Commission on Diversity, Department of Languages and Linguistics, Center for Global Engagement, SAGE Center, and Lamson Library