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LVC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
09.17.12 |
Lebanon Valley College's third annual Hispanic Heritage celebration kicks off Sept. 20 with a showing of the film "Sugar" (2008) at 6 p.m. in Miller Chapel 101. Celebratory programming includes a film series, hip hop concert, salsa workshops, a fundraising dinner, and two presentations featuring guest speakers.

"Sugar" tells the inspirational of Miguel Santos, a gifted pitcher struggling to make it to the Big Leagues of American baseball. Nicknamed "Azúcar" (Spanish for "sugar"), 19-year-old Miguel travels from his poor but tightly-knit community in the Dominican Republic to play U.S. minor league baseball. He finds himself in a small Iowa town, where he struggles with the culture, language, and pressure of knowing that only his success can rescue his family.

The film series continues Sept. 26 with "La Piel que Habito" and Oct. 12 with "A Better Life." All screenings are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month partners with the Chapel Concert Series to feature hip-hop group 4 Trinity Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m in Miller Chapel. Together for 10 years, 4 Trinity is comprised of three young men, Max, ReeZee, and Miza, who perform diverse music genres to appeal to many different kinds of people. The band uses both Spanish and English in their music to entertain audiences as well as to praise and worship.

On Oct. 18, the College will welcome historian Rob Ruck to campus for a presentation titled "Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game," and on November 1, Puerto Rican social community psychologist Dr. Carlos Rubén Carrasquillo will present "Paths to Happiness: Different Times and Alternative Places." Ruck's presentation begins at 11 a.m. in Humanities 302; Carrasquillo presents at 11 a.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery.

Religion and philosophy teaching fellow Nikolay Karkov will lead a salsa dance workshop Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. in Miller Chapel 115 and present on the topic Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Frock conference room at the Bishop Library. Karkov is no stranger to dance instruction-he offered a salsa dance class during the spring semester.

The celebration concludes on Nov. 3 with a fundraising dinner hosted by the students of LVC's Hispanic Student Alliance and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The benefit will raise funds for education initiatives locally and in the Dominican Republic at a night of Latin food, music, and entertainment. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in Mund College Center and requires a $25 donation for tickets.

Throughout the celebration, the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library is presenting an exhibition of Hispanic books, CDs, and DVDs that are available for public review during library hours.

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