Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Hispanic Heritage Events 2014
Events include films, activities, and art exhibits

Lebanon Valley College will hold a variety of events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage in September through November. All activities are free and open to the public.

A film series will begin the Hispanic Heritage events in September, featuring films in Miller Chapel:

"Clemente" (2007) will be shown Monday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. in Chapel 101. "Clemente," written and directed by Pablo Veliz, is based on real life events, and follows a father's sacrifice for his daughter's life.

"En la ciudad sin limites" (2002) will be shown Monday, Sept. 22. "En la ciudad sin limites," directed and co-written by Antonio Hernandez, follows the journey of Victor as he attempts to help his seriously ill father find what he is searching for.

"Instructions Not Included" (2013) will be shown Monday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. in Chapel 101. In "Instructions Not Included," directed by Eugenio Derbez, a man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep six years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.

Hispanic Heritage events continue in October with a variety of activities held on campus. October events include:

A Sugar Skull and Ofrenda Workshop will be held Friday, Oct. 10. Participants will learn how to make the sugar skulls used as part of this Mexican tradition and how to decorate their own ofrenda for dead relatives and friends. The ofrenda is designed to attract their spirits to come back and visit you.

The Opening Reception for "The Day of the Dead (El día de los muertos)" will be held Friday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery. The event will include ethnic food, Mexican music, catrina costumes, and a visit to the cemetery.

Presentations at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery will conclude the Hispanic Heritage events in November. November events include:

Dr. Sandra Aguilar, assistant professor in the Department of History at Moravian College, who will present "Celebrating the Dead: A Living Tradition" on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall.

Jim Nikas, founder, curator, and co-owner of The Brady Nikas Collection will present "José Guadalupe Posada: Calaveras and Social Commentary" on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall.

Hispanic Heritage events being held in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery as part of "El día de los muertos" are made possible through the assistance of funding from a President's Innovation Fund grant. Lebanon Valley College's Hispanic Heritage Celebration strives to bring rich experiences to campus highlighting the ethnic background of so many LVC students.

In September 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1988. America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was selected as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

For more information regarding these events, contact Dr. Ivette Guzman-Zavala, associate professor of Spanish, via email at guzman@lvc.edu or Barbara McNulty, director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, via email at mcnulty@lvc.edu.