Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15 in recognition of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

See below for celebrations we will host on campus for National Hispanic Heritage Month 2023.

2023 Events

Our Grandmothers' Voices short film cover

Our Grandmothers’ Voices / Voces De Las Abuelas Movie | Sept. 16, 2023 | 6–8 p.m.

WEPA Empowerment Center, 9 S 9th St., Lebanon, PA

Raíces book cover

New Textbook by Professors McEvoy, Del Castillo-Zerbe, & Feistritzer | Sept. 19, 2023 | 4 p.m.

Bishop Library Atrium

Dominican performer Josefina Báez

Josefina Báez Performance

Sept. 21, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | Lutz Hall

Join Dominican performer Josefina Báez for a unique show as part of LVC’s Latina Heritage Celebration.

Josefina Báez’s trilogy texts—Dominicanish, Levente no.Yolayorkdominican York, and Comrade, Bliss ain’t playing—make their last appearance as a doula-ing act of beginnings and ends. As Báez’s farewell celebration to her main text trilogy, this is a performance highlighting voice and visuals from the artist’s journey in the form of repetitions, cacophonies, and silences, braiding the formats together. The end of this trilogy marks both an opening for new texts as well as the following performance, Vital Presence.

This performance is made possible through a collaboration between the LVC Languages Department and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Afro-Caribbean drumming group

Afro-Caribbean Drumming Workshop

Nov. 16, 2023 | 11 a.m. | The Underground

This workshop will introduce students to Afro-Caribbean drumming techniques. Participants will exercise hand-striking techniques to replicate the sound ranges of panderos and barriles de bomba. These drumming principles will be applied to rhythmic patterns in various Afro-Puerto Rican bomba and plena musical styles.

Hugo R. Viera-Vargas holds a Ph.D. in Latin American History from Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently an Assistant Professor of Caribbean and Latin American Studies and Music at New College of Florida.

*This is event was rescheduled from its original date in October.

Dr. Hugo Viera-Vargas

Dr. Hugo Viera-Vargas Presentation

Nov. 17, 2023 | 4 p.m. | Library Atrium

The imperial gaze that followed the United States’ invasion of Puerto Rico and Cuba after 1898 fostered a literary corpus that both speculated about the islands’ economic prospects and revealed an exotic fascination with the customs and lives of its inhabitants. The written descriptions by war correspondents, journalists, military personnel, adventurers, and opportunists alike were incisive and anchored on cultural and racial superiority premises, reinforcing uneven power relations between the US, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. This discourse was bolstered by the use and popularity of certain aesthetic ideas that classified the sounds and music of both Caribbean Islands. This talk contends that the sonorous discourse—a dimension of the emerging US colonial discourse toward the Caribbean—was racially and politically appropriate to fit the United States’ political and economic agendas toward Puerto Rico and Cuba. The transformation of the sonorous world into texts was not a politically neutral description of cultural manifestations but rather a subtle subterfuge to justify and perpetuate new forms of dominance in the Caribbean.

*This is event was rescheduled from its original date in October.

In Their Words

I have always had the passion to travel around the world and help others. As a native Spanish speaker, I was excited to visit a Spanish-speaking country and see the similarities and differences of our cultures. I stayed with three host families, my favorite people in Costa Rica.
Ellie Flores ’24, Early Childhood and Special Education