National Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 at West Valley College


Celebrating his first three years of life: Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012.
Photo by DMG.

The month between 15 September to 15 October is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This event started in 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week, under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It was enacted into Public Law 100-402 on 17 August 1988. The Library of Congress maintains a website with more information

West Valley College joins in paying tribute to the generations of Latinos who have enriched the United States by screening two films, discussing King of Cuba by acclaimed novelist Cristina García, and presenting a display of works, in the WVC Library, by and about Latinos. 

In screening these two films, we hope to raise awareness and engage a conversation about the true origins of the Latino presence in the United States, the fastest-growing segment of our population.

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America is a documentary film written and narrated by Juan González. This film looks at the role that United States economic and military interests played and continues to play in producing massive immigration of Latin Americans to the United States. Screening of this film will be followed by a conversation with the co-director and co-producer, Eduardo Lopéz.

Here are the event details:

When: Wed. October 23

Time: 2:00pm

Where: WVC Theatre

Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype is a documentary film that examines how United States news and entertainment media portray–and do not portray–Latinos. This film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes. Screening of this film will be followed by a conversation with a panel of WVC faculty members.

Here are the event details:

When: Wed. October 16

Time: 2:05pm

Where: WVC Campus Center Lower Level

King of Cuba is Cristina García’s new novel. It focuses on the parallel lives of a weary dictator and an elderly Cuban émigré. Cristina García will join the conversation via Skype. Here is the NY TImes review of King of Cuba.

Here are the event details:

When: Monday 4 November

Time: 2:30 pm

Where: Global Citizenship Center in the WVC Campus Center

These events are free and open to everyone. They are organized by the WVC Global Citizenship Committee and the WVC Library. Screening of Harvest of Empire is funded by the SB70 Global Entrepreneurship Grant.

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