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 Bobby Gonzalez to be Speaker for SRU's Hispanic Culture Series 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:


     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will observe Hispanic Culture Month throughout October, including presentation of the film “Hangin’ with the Homeboys,” and a keynote address by Bobby Gonzalez, a Nuyorican storyteller, poet and nationally known lecturer.

     Gonzalez, will offer his address “Exploring the Indigenous Heritage of Puerto Rico and Latin America” at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the University Union. A question-and-answer session will follow. He calls himself a Nuyorkican, meaning New York City Puerto Rican, and points out he is a direct descendant of the American Indians who discovered Christopher Columbus in 1492. He grew up in a bicultural environment and draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latin (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a repertoire of performances, readings, and discourses that celebrate his heritage.

      Gonzalez will also be featured at a 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11 luncheon in the Pennsylvania Room of the University Club, North Hall, and at a 4 p.m. Oct. 11 poetry reading titled “The Last Puerto Rican Indian” set for Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.

      The film, staring John Leguizamo, will be shown at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall, following a 7 p.m. reception.

      Other events planned for the month include Monday’s 5 p.m. concert in Carruth Rizza Hall featuring Musuhalpa, offering Andean music, and Tuesday’s 3 p.m. showing of the film “Maria Full of Grace,” set for Room 212 of Carruth Rizza Hall. At 3 p.m. Oct. 18 the film “Fresa y Chocolate” will be shown in Carruth Rizza, and the Brazilian Nuts will be offered in the lobby of Weisenfluh Dining Hall at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19. A flamenco class will be offered at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Pearl K. Stoner Instructional Complex’s West Gym and a masterclass Latina Dance Project will be offered at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in Miller Auditorium.

      A “Fiesta,” including Azucar, a salsa band, will be held at 10 p.m. in Carruth Rizza Hall, and Dia de los Muertos Altar will be offered in the University Union on Oct. 30, followed at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 by the film “Todo sobre mi madre” shown in Carruth Rizza Hall.




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