Mason Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted: September 15, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 15, 2009 at 8:09 am

Today marks the beginning of Mason’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM), with a full list of events running until Oct. 16. These events will take place at various locations on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William Campuses.

Following are some highlights; the official HHM calendar is available online.


Tuesday, Sept. 15

  • Celebración Spanish Language Abroad

6:30-8 p.m., Research I, Room 163

Find out how to study Spanish abroad. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

  • Film: “Sin Nombre”

6 and 9 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

The JC Cinema will host a showing of “Sin Nombre” (Without Name), a Spanish-language film which took home two Sundance awards.

Thursday, Sept. 17

  • The Unspoken Word of an Immigrant Woman

7-9 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room B

This event sheds light on the tough situations faced by immigrant women separated from their families.

Sept. 18, 19 and 20

  • Film: “Motorcycle Diaries”

Sept. 18-19, 6 and 9 p.m.; Sept. 20, 3 and 6 p.m.
Johnson Center Cinema

This film explores the early life of Che Guevara, particularly his 1952 journey across South America. The film will show six times in three days.

Monday, Sept. 21

  • Letras Latinas Poetry Reading

3-4:30 p.m., M&T Bank Tent, North Plaza

Poets Naomi Ayala, Dan Vera and Carmen Calatayud will recite some of their work. Head over to the Johnson Center, Room 116, for a reception following.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • Bienvenida Latina @ Smart Markets

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., North Plaza

Looking for a crash course in Hispanic culture, including demonstrations on how to prepare delicious food? Look no further.

  • Class, Ethnicity, Gender and Latino Entrepreneurship (author María Eugenia Verdaguer)

7:30-8:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Grand Tier III

Verdaguer, a program officer for the Fulbright Program at the U.S. Department of State, talks about her book. Also sponsored by Fall for the Book.

  • Panel: Minority in the Majority

7:30-9 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room B

Attend this discussion to hear opinions of how minority groups have had a big effect in the United States.

Thursday, Oct. 1

  • Spanish in the United States

5:30-7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room A

Panelists discuss the effects of Spanish language in the United States.

  • Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Breaking Down the Stereotypes

7-9 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room E

Presenters will aim to educate the audience about stereotypes of Hispanic men and women, both from outside and within the Hispanic community.

Friday, Oct. 2

  • MEX to the MAX at Southside

Lunch/Dinner, Southside Dining Hall

Award-winning chef Roberto Santibañez brings his culinary delights to Mason for one day only.

Monday, Oct. 5

  • Hispanic/Latino Professionals in our Community

6:30-7:30 p.m., Mason Hall Meese Conference Room, followed by reception in Alumni Atrium

Working Hispanic professionals will discuss their experiences in the workplace and provide tips for job hunters.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

  • Rich in Culture: A Black Man’s Imprint in Latin America

7:30-9:30 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room B

What effect did Africans have on the Hispanic community? Come and find out.

Thursday, Oct. 8

  • What is Latino Pride?: La Edición Transgénero

7:30 p.m., Johnson Center 3rd Floor Room D

Presenters will explore what it means to be transgender or LGBTQ in the Hispanic community.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

  • Hispanics in the Media

5-7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room A

What effect does the media have on Hispanic culture? Come find out.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • Hispanics in the Arts

Noon to 6:30 p.m., with reception following until 9 p.m., Johnson Center, Room 116

Hispanic artwork will be on display.


Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • Movie: “Maria Full of Grace”

5:15-7:15 p.m., School of Public Policy, Room TBD

This film tells the story of a woman trying to gain entry into the United States via drug running. A panel discussion will follow.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

  • Salsa Night

5:30-7:30 p.m., School of Law, Atrium

Enjoy an evening of salsa dancing and Mexican cuisine.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

  • Panel Discussion: Immigration Policy Reform

5:15-7:15 p.m., School of Public Policy, Room TBD

Join this discussion about immigration policy in the United States.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • Panel Discussion: Judge Sotomayor’s Nomination

5:30-7:30 p.m., School of Law, Room TBD

This panel will discuss the historical nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.


Tuesday, Sept. 15

  • Immigration and Human Rights Cinema: “Sin Nombre”

6:30-9 p.m., Verizon Auditorium

A discussion follows.

Thursday, Sept. 17

  • Salsa Dance Lessons

Noon-2 p.m., Bull Run Atrium

Learn the basic steps of salsa dance.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

  • Randall’s Rhythm

11:30 a.m.-1:30p.m., Randall’s Café

Sway to live Latin music.

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