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 Hispanic culture in spotlight Oct. 4-23 at Slippery Rock University 




September 25, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



Hispanic culture in spotlight Oct. 4-23 at Slippery Rock University     


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The wealth of diversity found in the Hispanic culture will be highlighted during Slippery Rock University's sixth annual Hispanic Month and D�a de la Raza celebrations running Oct. 4-23. Guest lectures by Colombian television journalist Manuel Teodoro and author Susan Chavez-Silverman from Pomona College highlight the celebration.

            The event focuses on literature, cinema, art, dance and food related to the Hispanic culture.

            "The month's events are intended to illustrate the wealth and the diversity of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world," said Thomas Daddesio, assistant professor of modern languages and cultures.       

            The month opens with a 7 p.m. Oct. 4 dinner at Compadres Restaurant in Grove City. Tickets are $5 per person and are available in Room 104 of Carruth Rizza Hall. The event is limited to 100 participants.

            Musuhallpa, a flute and string musical group from the Andes and Azucar, will present a workshop at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the University Club of North Hall.

            Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," a history epic about MesoAmerican Mayan culture will be screened at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in SRU's Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium, preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception.

            The Oct. 12 event is a Dia de la Raza, a luncheon and panel discussion, about "Who are we? Negotiating Spanish/Latin American/Hispanic and Latino-a Ethnic Identities" at noon in the University Room of North Hall.

            Teodora, a TV journalist from Bogota, Columbia, will lecture about "Investigative Journalism in Latin America" at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium. A reception will follow.

            Ch�vez-Silverman presents "Killer Cr�nicas: Bilingual Adventures in the Americas" at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in the University Room of North Hall. She will sign copies of her book following the address.

            The salsa band Azucar will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 19 in Carruth Rizza Hall. The month's activities end with Spanish/Latin American games at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the University Union.

            The events are cosponsored by the Hispanic Cultures Series Committee, SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, College of Business, Information and Social Sciences, the departments of modern languages and cultures, English and communication, the Office of Intercultural Programs, Office of International Services, the Frederick Douglas Institute, the General Service Activity Fee, administered by Student Government Association, the Commonwealth Association of Students and the Latino Student Organization.


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