CSU–Pueblo to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of events, activities

Colorado State University-Pueblo will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of events Sept. 15 -Oct. 15 to commemorate Hispanic contributions to the community and country.

The month-long Hispanic Heritage celebration began Friday (Sept. 14) with a Mexican Independence Day festivities sponsored by the University’s Multicultural Center. In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, 20 years later, this celebration was expanded into a month-long celebration of culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Fawn Amber Montoya, coordinator of Chicano Studies at CSU-Pueblo, will open her classroom to the campus and community throughout the month for a variety of films, lectures, and class activities from 9:30-10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Library Wing (LW) 321.

A flurry of activities will commence next week, beginning with the Sept. 19 opening of an art show of Hispanic works by Klaus Priebe and Katie Cadena-Priebe on the first floor of the University Library. The art show opening from 5-7 p.m. also will feature a reception and literary readings by 2006 Hispanic Experience Magazine poets, storytellers, and essayists. Submissions of poetry, essays, and short stories also are being accepted from students, faculty, staff, and community members for the 2007 Hispanic Experience web-based magazine: http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/hispanicexperience/

Submissions of no longer than 1,800 words are due by November 15. Selected pieces will be published on the website for all to view. Submissions are accepted in English, Spanish and Spanglish. Participants are asked to include their name or pen name, and a short biography. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to:  hispanicexperience@colostate-pueblo.edu

Other major events include a luncheon featuring local Hispanic leaders and a performance by theatre troupe Tres Vidas, both on Oct. 10, a Latin American Heritage Dinner on Oct. 15, and the Latino Chamber Lifetime Achievement Wall induction on Oct. 23.

The complete list of events follows:

Sept. 18 –Film: La Raza de Colorado-La Historia – This film addresses the History of Chicanos in the United States beginning with the Aztec civilization and continuing on to present day, 9:30-10-50 a.m., LW321.

Sept. 18 – Lecture: The impact of the Progressive Movement on Chicanas in Southern Arizona,
2-3:20 p.m., LW321

Sept. 19 – Constitution Day Panel: The Origins and Evolution of the Constitution and how it has evolved since its origins to incorporate a variety of peoples and ideals. Panelists including Matt Harris (History)- Origins of the Constitution/Bill of Rights; Becki Scola (Women's Studies)- 19th Amendment/ Women's Suffrage, and Fawn-Amber Montoya (Chicano Studies)- Hernandez Vs. Texas, 1-2 p.m.. OUC Aspen Leaf

Sept. 19 – Art Exhibit Opening/Literary Readings: Artwork by Klaus Priebe and Katie Cadena Priebe and readings by the 2006 Hispanic Experience Magazine authors, 5 p.m., First Floor of the Library

Sept. 20 – Film: La Raza de Colorado- Movimiento: This film specifically addresses the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, 9:30-10-50 a.m., LW321.

Sept. 20 – Lecture: Racial Formations among Colorado Chicanas during the Progressive Era, specifically on Southern Colorado Coal Miners and Northern Colorado Beet Field Workers,
2-3:20 p.m., LW321

Sept. 25 – Campus Tour: Class will meet at 9:35 a.m. outside of the Library, where students will be assigned to a specific location on campus to explore whether the campus does or does not reflect a Chicano/Hispanic Heritage. At 10:30 a.m., the group will reconvene to discuss each group’s findings.

Sept. 25 – Lecture: Race, Class, Gender during World War I, including the impact of CF&I on the Community of Pueblo, 2-3:20 p.m., LW321

Sept. 27 – Lecture: Importance of Chicano History in the United States in the 21st Century and the challenges that Chicanos face today regarding immigration, education, and class, 9:30-10-50 a.m., LW321.

Sept. 27 – Lecture: The Great Depression: Chicana’s Multiple Oppressions and its impact on Chicanas in the Southwest, 2-3:20 p.m., LW 321

Oct. 2 - Lecture/Film: Spirituality vs Religion: Catholocism- the impact of Catholocism on Chicano Studies, La Virgen De Guadalupe, and how Chicanos continue to interpret her role in American Society. Also includes a short clip of the film Mundo Milagroso, 9:30-10-50 a.m., LW321.

Oct. 2 – Lecture: The Great Depression: Chicana’s Multiple Oppressions and its impact on Chicanas in Colorado, 2-3:20 p.m., LW321

Oct. 3 – Presentation: “Colonizing California: The Significance of the Spanish Missions.”
Members of Mujeres Unidas de Csu-Pueblo share their research findings on the California Spanish Missions, noon - 1:30 p.m., OUC Aspen Leaf.

Oct.4 – Lecture: Spirituality vs Religion: Penitentes - Beginning of a series of lectures on the history of penitentes in the Southwest and in Colorado. Students will discuss the text, Land of the Penitentes Land of Traditions local author Ruben Archuleta, which is available on reserve in the library, 9:30-10-50 a.m., LW321.

Oct. 4 – Lecture: The Great Depression: Chicana’s Multiple Oppressions and the obstacles that Chicanas face based on their ethnicity, class and gender, 2-3:20 p.m., LW321

Oct. 4 - Film and Discussion: Nadine Triste, Center for Immigration and Community Integration, will show a 30- minute film, Dying to Live, a documentary on the movement of immigrants from the south to the US, bring your lunch, 11:30-1 p.m., Multicultural Center, OUC 031., bring your lunch.
Oct. 9 – Lecture: Spirituality vs. Religion: Penitentes- A continuation of our discussion on Penitentes, 9:30-10-50 a.m., LW321.

Oct. 9 – Lecture: The Great Depression: Chicana’s Oral Histories and Chicanas in World War II, including individual women’s lives during the Great Depression and World War II, 2-3:20 p.m., LW321

Oct. 9 – Presentation: “Colonizing California: The Significance of the Spanish Missions.”
Members of Mujeres Unidas de CSU-Pueblo share their research findings on the California Spanish Missions, 5-6:30 p.m., OUC Hearthwell Lounge

Oct. 10 - Leadership Panel: Pueblo community elected officials Senator Abel Tapia, Pueblo County Commissioner Anthony Nuñez, among others will share their views on how to excel in work, career, and leadership in “Pathway to Success: Community Leadership,” noon-1:30 p.m., OUC Aspen Leaf.

Oct. 10 – Performance: Tres Vidas will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Hoag Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Tres Vidas celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American Women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina. With storylines including Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Amaya's astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Storni's life-long challenges as Argentina's first great feminist poet. Tres Vidas presents dramatic situations and a connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums. For information regarding Tres Vidas, visit the Web at www.core-ensemble.cc.

Oct. 11- Lecture: Spirituality vs Religion: Penitentes –A Discussion with Ruben Archuleta- the Location on this will most likely change depending on individuals who are interested in attending, 9:30-10-50 a.m., LW321.

Oct. 11 – Lecture: Chicanas in the Southwest during World War II, including the Sleepy Lagoon case and the Zoot Suit Riots and their impact on the Chicana population of Los Angeles in 1942 and 1943, 2-3:20 p.m., LW321

Oct. 11 – Film: A showing of “El Norte” will precede a discussion of immigration by
Fawn Montoya, CSU-Pueblo Coordinator of Chicano Studies from 3-6 p.m. in the Life Sciences Auditorium.

Oct. 15 - Latin American Heritage Dinner: Featuring music by Mariachi Aquila of Cesar Chavez Academy and speaker Fawn Montoya, coordinator of Chicano Studies at CSU-Pueblo from 6-8 p.m. in OUC Ballroom. Members of the Classified Staff Council will demonstrate the making of homemade tortillas from 5-9 p.m.

Oct. 23 – Dinner: Latino Chamber Lifetime Achievement Wall, 6 p.m., OUC Ballroom

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