George Mason Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted: September 15, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dominick Rubino

The Office of Diversity Programs and Services is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2003 today through Oct. 15. “One Culture, Many Races” is the theme for this year’s event, honoring the diversity of Hispanic culture. Celebrated nationally since 1988, it is a tradition that recongnizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans.

George Mason will begin the festivities at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, with keynote speaker Walter Tejada in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. Tejada is an Arlington County Board member and former George Mason student. He will be discussing his role models as well as experiences as a Latin American in Northern Virginia.

Shades of Brown III with Marisella Veiga will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in a tent outside of the Johnson Center. This open-mic event allows participants to present and discuss Latin poetry and literature. An immigration reform debate will be held Friday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. in Dewberry Hall. Current immigration issues in the United States, including the effects of Sept. 11 on the Latino community, will be discussed.

Other events include a salsa workshop in the Johnson Center Bistro on Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m., as well as a production of The Flamenco World of Don Quixote on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Theatre. For more information and a complete listing of the events, visit the Hispanic Heritage Month web site.

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