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UD Latino Heritage Month and Beyond events announced


3:01 p.m., Sept. 11, 2013--Latino Heritage Month and Beyond will be marked at the University of Delaware with a variety of events beginning this month and continuing through October.

Activities include films, shows, festivals and lectures.

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The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- SCPAB Coffeehouse Comedy Show, 8:30 p.m., Scrounge, Perkins Student Center. Comedian Francisco Ramos is the new wave of the Latino community. He is the voice of the Lead Marmoset in the movie Rio, appeared in the movie Marmaduke with Owen Wilson and George Lopez and has regularly appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Sept. 19 -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor lecture, 4 p.m., Bob Carpenter Center. Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court, will discuss her best-selling memoir, My Beloved World, as part of the University of Delaware’s First Year Common Reader program. The memoir chronicles her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench and portrays that inspiring journey, which has been marked by extraordinary determination, the power of believing in oneself and the support of mentors, friends and family. Free and open to the general public with tickets. Additional tickets will be available at the UD box office on Sept. 12 while supplies last. 

Thursday, Sept. 19 -- Latin American and Iberian Studies presents the film La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus, 6 p.m., 127 Memorial Hall. Follow the transformative journey of a school bus from the U.S. to Guatemala, a journey between life and death and through an unfolding collection of moments, people and places that serve to quietly remind viewers of the interconnected worlds in which they live. A reception will follow the event at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 10 -- Comida Latina, Latin Food Festival, dinner only, Kent and Pencader dining halls on Wednesday and Russell and Rodney on Thursday. The diversity of Latinos is reflected in their cuisine. Celebrating this diversity, the festival features food from several countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain.

Friday, Oct. 25 -- 13th Annual Fiesta Latina, 8-11 p.m., Multipurpose Rooms, Trabant University Center. Celebrate Latino Heritage Month by dancing the night away to the music of live Latin band, La Orquesta Insaciable. There also will be traditional food. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Black Culture and HOLA. 

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Complexities of Color summit, 3-6 p.m., Mitchell Hall. As a response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the summit seeks to engage a diverse audience in a discussion of the role of race in contemporary society. There will be a keynote address by Marc Lamont Hill, associate professor of education at the Columbia University Teachers College and a panel discussionwith Armando Lara-Millan, President’s Diversity Initiative postdoctoral fellow in sociology and criminology, and Yaba Blay, assistant professor of Africana studies at Drexel University. The summit is free and open to the public with tickets, which are available to the UD campus community at the Center for Black Culture beginning Sept. 24. Others must register through EventBrite.

Monday, Oct. 28 -- Community Responses to Eviction, Gentrification and Police Violence in Pre-Olympic Rio de Janeiro, film and lecture, 5 p.m., 116 Gore Hall. Upon being selected to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro has striven to reconstitute itself as a “global city.” Yet despite initial optimism, there is growing debate about whether the city’s boom has reduced the city’s infamous inequality. Questions about how Rio’s “coming of age” is unfolding and what is happening in the 600-plus favela communities will be answered by Theresa Williamson, director of a non-profit organization that provides capacity-building, training, media exposure, and global networks to 1,500 leaders from more than 250-low income communities across Rio de Janeiro. The film Favela as a Sustainable Model will be screened at the end of the lecture. The event is sponsored by Latin American and Iberian Studies, Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium, Center for Black Culture, Department of Anthropology, and the School of Public Policy and Administration.

Thursday, Oct. 31-Friday, Nov. 1 -- Transnational Encounters: Mario Vargas Llosa, lecture and poetry reading, 5 p.m., Clayton Hall auditorium. Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Laureate in Literature will deliver a lecture on Transnational Encounters. The Transnational Encounters project seeks to engage the community with world-class authors on issues related to transnationalism and diversity. On Friday, Nov. 1, Vargas will read excerpts from his work in Spanish (10:30 a.m.) and English (2 p.m.) in the Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts. Sponsored by the departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures and English with support from Student Life and the Center for Black Culture.

For a flyer about Latino Heritage Month and Beyond, click here.

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