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UA Marks Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month with Events

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s Crossroads Community Center announces a number of events honoring Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, which continues through Oct. 23 on the UA campus.

The listed events, which are offered in collaboration with UA departments and groups, are free and open to the public.

“In addition to programming offered throughout the year to engage our students, faculty and staff in experiences with the rich cultural diversity that surrounds us, Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month provides an opportunity to focus our attention on stories that have been lost and the many contributions of Hispanic/Latino Americans that have gone unrecognized,” said Lane McLelland, director of UA Crossroads.

“This year’s calendar is also particularly exciting because it represents an intentionally collaborative effort by faculty, staff and students working with the Capstone Network to develop an array of diverse learning experiences celebrating Hispanic/Latino culture and its presence on our campus.”

Events include:

Monday, Sept. 22

“Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation,” a PBS documentary screening and student dialogues — Part 1. The event is at 7 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library. It is co-sponsored by the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the department of American studies, the Blackburn Institute, the Honors College, UA Crossroads and University Programs.

“Immigration Policy and Latino Well-Being,” a talk by Dr. David Becerra, assistant professor, School of Social Work, Arizona State University. It is from noon to 1 p.m., 104 Little Hall, and it is hosted by UA’s School of Social Work.

Monday, Sept. 29

Meet Natalie Tejeda and Vanessa Araiza, Hispanic broadcast journalists from Birmingham. The event is at noon in Studio A, Reese Phifer Hall. It is co-sponsored by the department of journalism and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation,” a PBS documentary screening and student dialogues — part 2. The event is at 7 p.m. at 205 Gorgas Library. It is co-sponsored by the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the department of American studies, the Blackburn Institute, the Honors College, UA Crossroads and University Programs.

Sunday, Oct. 5

“¡Viva Espańa!: Music of Spanish Song Composers,” featuring Jen Stephenson, soprano, Christopher C. Jordan, baritone, and Cindy St. Clair, piano. The recital is at 3 p.m. in the Frank M. Moody Music Building Recital Hall. It is sponsored by UA’s School of Music

Monday, Oct. 6

“Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation,” a PBS documentary screening and student dialogues — part 3 with a panel discussion. The event is at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Ballroom. It is co-sponsored by the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the department of American studies, the Blackburn Institute, the Honors College, UA Crossroads and University Programs.

Monday, Oct. 13

“Al Norte al Sur: Latino Life in the South,” a lecture and reception featuring Jose Galvez, a Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist. The event is at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Art Gallery. It is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the Summersell Center for the Study of the South, the department of modern languages and classics, UA Crossroads and University Programs.

“Al Norte al Sur: Latino Life in the South,” a photography exhibit, scheduled for Oct. 13-19 in the Ferguson Center Art Gallery. It is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the Summersell Center for the Study of the South, the department of modern languages & classics, UA Crossroads and University Programs.

Thursday, Oct. 16

“Weetman Pearson and Mexico: British Imperialism or Mexican National Development 1889-1919?” This lecture is by Dr. Paul Garner, professor of history at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and the Colegio de Mexico. The event is at 5 p.m. in 253 ten Hoor Hall. It is co-sponsored by the Bankhead Fund; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino studies program; and the department of modern languages and classics.

Thursday, Oct. 23

“The Latino Image in the Media: Separating Fact from Fiction,” with Hugo Balta, past president, National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The event is at 7 p.m. in 324 Lloyd Hall. It is co-sponsored by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the College of Communication and Information Sciences and the department of journalism.

The Crossroads Community Center is an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs. Crossroads provides leadership in cultural programming and intercultural education by building relationships across cultures through innovative programs and initiatives designed to prepare students for a global society.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.