Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The Office of Campus Life is excited to announce this year’s slate of programs:
Wednesday, September 16: Kick-Off with Mariachi Band and Salsa Dancing! (10:00 a.m.-Noon, Mariachi Band performs throughout the Donaghey Student Center; Noon- Salsa Dancing on the Donaghey Student Center Upper Concourse)
Tuesday, September 22: Speaker Chelsea Halstead will present her lecture, “The Human Rights Crisis on the U.S. Mexico Border” at 12:15 p.m. in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.
- Chelsea Halstead manages the Missing Migrant Project at the Colibrí Center for Human Rights in Tucson, Arizona. She works to identify the bodies of border crossers between Latin America and the US, who fail in their attempt. Recently, the philanthropic think-tank Echoing Green recognized the founders of Colibrí as Global Fellows, and the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., awarded Colibrí the 38th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. This program is co-sponsored with International and Second Language Studies, the American Library Association, National Endowment of the Humanities, and The Clinton School of Public Service.
Thursday, October 1: Film and Discussion: Who is Dayani Cristal, 6:00 p.m., Charles W. Donaldson Student Services Center Auditorium
- Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story. Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as “A deeply moving doc [which] finds a new way of making the immigration debate personal.”
- After the film the discussion will be lead by Edma Delgado. Edma Delgado Solórzano is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of International and Second Language Studies and the Coordinator of the Hispanic/Latino Initiative at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her primary areas of research are Mexican and U.S. Latino literatures and cultures.
Monday, November 2: Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., DSC Upper Concourse (Co-sponsored by the Student Affairs Success Initiatives Hispanic/Latino Initiative and The Department of International and Second Language Studies.