Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)
“Aquí Se Habla Español”: Language as the Primary Cultural Expression of Latinidad
with Frances Ramos-Fontan
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 | 5-6 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Rm 351
As distinct as the ethnic make-up of Hispanics is, so are the experiences that have brought and continue to bring this diverse group to the United States. This talk does not intend to reflect the views of all first-generation Hispanics, but rather expose the experiences and perspectives of some in order to shed some light on how members of this community view themselves collectively as immigrants in this country.
According to the Pew Research Center (PRC), there are over 54 million Hispanics living in the United States. Even though these immigrants are labeled with the pan-ethnic term “Latino” or “Hispanic,” they constitute distinguishable and self-identified ethnic groups with rich and unique cultural values and experiences. In a 2012 study done by the PRC on Hispanics’ views on identity, over 50% indicated that they identify themselves most often by the family’s country of origin, and only 24% indicated that they identify themselves as “Hispanic” or “Latin@.” Although the study reveals how meaningful the individual cultural background is for a person of Hispanic origin, it also makes me wonder how that strong sense of ethnic identity is changed and/or redefined by the relationships formed with other Hispanics when they live together as immigrants and share the same spaces and institutions. After interviewing a group of first-generation Hispanics, I discovered that, of all the shared symbolic cultural expressions (language, food, dance, traditions, and values), language contributes the most to the formation of a collective identity that generates the sense of solidarity, alliance and community building implied in the term Latinidad.
Spotlight Artist: Francisco (Paco) Loza
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 | 5 - 6 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 2nd Floor Lounge/Prefunction Lounge
We are honored to exhibit the works of Francisco Loza in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Meet the artist whose work is on display all month long.
True Life: I'm From Latin America
Oct. 2014 | noon -1 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Rm 311
Have you ever wondered what life is like in Latin America? Come hear from UMB international students who share firsthand experiences of what it's like to grow up in Latin America.