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School of Arts and Humanities

2019 Hispanic Heritage Month

Schedule of Events

For questions contact Melissa Castilloplanas, Department of English.

Pre-Event

  • 9/12-9/14: Feria International del Libro NYC (International Book Fair) – The CUNY Mexican Studies Institute in collaboration with the Coalition of Latin-American Consuls in NY, Cervantes Institute, City College of New York Downtown, Consulate of Spain, and New York Public Library.
    Where: Instituto Cervantes/Cervantes Intitute (211 East 49th Street, New York, NY, 10017

Week of 9/15 – Opening Week

  • 9/15 (SUNDAY, 3-6 p.m.): Book talk: "Antología Binacional Tijuana-Nueva York. Escritos Identitarios" (Binational Anthology Tijuana – New York. Identity Writings)
    Place: Music Building Room 330

    This anthology emerged from a writing workshop offered in these two cities with women to explore their relationship between their identity and their immigration experience. The authors will read, sing and act their texts. Also there will be an art exhibit, a Nicaraguan dance performance and a Latinamerican buffet to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month.
    MC: Dr. Melissa Castillo-Planas

  • 9/16 (MONDAY, 4 p.m.) – FILM SCREENING – Knock Down the House
    Where: Carman B-08

    Movie Poster of Knock Down the House Film Synopsis: When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn't know what to do with the anger she felt about America's broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry. Her efforts result in a legendary upset.



  • 9/18 (WEDNESDAY, 3:30 p.m.) – Jose Olivarez
    Where: Carman B-04

    Photo of Jose Olivarez José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, "The Poetry Gods" and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. He lives in New York City.

  • 9/18 (WEDNESDAY, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) - Kick off Party with Latinx Alliance (club event) featuring Audry Funk WHERE: Student Life Building 111A

    Photo of Audrey Funk The "Kick-off" party is meant to expose the Latinx Student Alliance to the general student body of Lehman. This will be accompanied by the performance of Audrey Funk, a feminist rapper and social activist from Mexico who came to the U.S. to obtain a better career and to continue spreading her voice for social justice, giving an insight to those present what the discourse of the club is. 



  • 9/19 (THURSDAY, 6-8 p.m.): Event: Book talk: "Diplomacia consular mexicana en tiempos de Trump" (Mexican Consular Diplomacy in the Times of Trump)
    Place: Music Building 330

    This book aims to fill the void in academic literature about the concept of consular diplomacy. Indeed, there is no related bibliography because it is a concept that has been developed through a very particular practice: the consular activity deployed by Mexico in the United States.
Speakers
  • Alexandra Delano. Associate Professor of Global Studies at New School
  • Rafael Laveaga. Jefe de la Sección Consular de la Embajada de México en Washington DC
  • Diego Gómez Pickering. Diplomático, periodista y escritor. Fue Cónsul General de México en Nueva York 2016-2018.

Week of 9/22 –

  • 9/23 (MONDAY, 4 p.m.) – FILM SCREENING – Underwater Dreams –
    Where: Carman B-08


    Movie Poster of Underwater Dreams Film Synopsis: Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is the epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.








  • 9/24 (TUESDAY, 1-2 p.m.) – Reading of Manhattan Tropics/ Trópico en Manhattan
    Where: Library – Treehouse Conference Room 317

    Photo of Book Cover Manhattan Tropics Manhattan Tropics/ Trópico en Manhattan is a bilingual scholarly edition of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner's 1951 novel, with translator Professor Bret Maney (Department of English), and co-editor with Cristina Pérez Jiménez, a professor of English at Manhattan College, in nearby Riverdale.

    As the first novel of the Puerto Rican mass migration to New York City, Manhattan Tropics is a foundational work of Latinx literature that has never before been translated into English. Closer to our own institutional home, part of the novel is set in the South Bronx. The book was published by Arte Público Press (based at the University of Houston) in its "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Series" in April 2019.

  • 9/25 (WEDNESDAY, 3:30 p.m.) - Latinx Poetry Celebration hosted by Lehman Poet's Society.
    Where: Carman B-08


    Students will share a poem from their favorite Latinx poet before sharing some of their own work.

    SPECIAL GUEST POETS

    Photo of Silvia Siller SILVIA SILLER. Poeta mexicana, consultora en comunicaciones en temas de filantropía y América Latina y promotora cultural. Su poesía acompañó la exposición Man(o)rar de la artista Luciana Corres en el Museo Franz Mayer en la ciudad de México en el 2018 y en el Museo Textil de Oaxaca en el 2017. Finalista del concurso Entreversos 2017 de la Fundación Mar Azul en Venezuela con su poemario Los cuatro brazos de Shiva. Sus poemarios han sido reconocidos en el International Latino Book Award 2015 y 2016. Ha participado en el FIP Granada, Nicaragua 2015, 2016 y2018; la FIL Guadalajara 2016; el FIP Cali, Colombia en 2017; Festival Gabriela Mistral 2018, Chile; The Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2015 y 2017 y ha sido visitante distinguida de Santa Ana en el Salvador. En Nueva York, colabora con la comunidad hispana con talleres, conferencias y ha hecho lecturas en el Museo Hispanic Society de Nueva York, NYPL, el Festival de Poesía de CUNY, entre otros. Tiene maestría en Relaciones Internacionales de Columbia University y un diplomado en Literatura Moderna y Contemporánea de América Latina así como un Seminario de Escritura de CUNY del 2019. Su último poemario, Danza de cuatro brazos ha sido publicada por Nueva York Poetry Press dentro de la Colección Museo Salvaje en agosto de 2019.

    Photo of Manuel Adrian Lopez MANUEL ADRIÁN LÓPEZ. Nació en Morón, Cuba, 1969. Poeta y narrador. Su obra ha sido publicada en varias revistas literarias de España, Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica. Tiene publicado los libros de poesía: Yo, el arquero aquel (West Palm Beach, 2011), Los poetas nunca pecan demasiado (Madrid, 2013. Medalla de Oro en los Florida Book Awards, 2013), Muestrario de un vidente (Salvador, 2016), Fragmentos de un deceso/El revés en el espejo, libro en conjunto con el poeta ecuatoriano David Sánchez Santillán para la colección Dos Alas (Quito, 2017), El arte de perder /The Art of Losing (Miami, 2017), El hombre incompleto (Pinar del Río / Miami, 2017) y Los días de Elwood (Nueva York Poetry Press, 2018). En narrativa tiene publicado los libros: Room at the Top (Miami, 2013), El barro se subleva (Miami, 2014) y Temporada para suicidios (Miami, 2015). Aparece en las antologías de poesía: La luna en verso (Ediciones El Torno Gráfico, 2013), Todo Parecía, Poesía cubana contemporánea de temas Gay y lésbicos (Ediciones La Mirada, 2015), Voces de América Latina Volumen II (Media Isla Ediciones, 2016), NO RESIGNACIÓN. Poetas del mundo por la no violencia contra la mujer (Ayuntamiento de Salamanca, 2016) y Antología Paralelo Cero 2017 (El Ángel Editor, 2017).

    Photo of Miguel Falquez Certain MIGUEL FALQUEZ-CERTAIN nació en Barranquilla en 1948. Ha publicado cuentos, poemas, piezas de teatro, ensayos, traducciones y críticas literarias, teatrales y cinematográficas en Europa, Latinoamérica y los EE.UU. Su obra poética, dramática y narrativa ha sido distinguida con numerosos galardones. Licenciado en literaturas hispánica y francesa (Hunter College). Cursó estudios de doctorado en literatura comparada en New York University.Es autor de los poemarios Reflejos de una máscara (Nueva York: Editorial Marsolaire, 1986); Proemas en cámara ardiente (México, D.F.: Impresos Continentales para la Colección Brújula, 1989); Habitación en la palabra (Nueva York: Editorial Marsolaire, 1994); Doble corona (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico: Mairena, 1994; Nueva York: Editorial Marsolaire, 1997); Usurpaciones y deicidios (Nueva York: Editorial Marsolaire, 1998) y Palimpsestos (Nueva York: Editorial Marsolaire, 1999); de la novela corta Bajo el adoquín, la playa (finalista en el Primer Concurso de Novela Breve "Álvaro Cepeda Samudio" de Bucaramanga en 2003 y publicada por Sic Editorial como premio alternativo en febrero de 2004); y de Triacas (Nueva York: Book Press, 2010), compilación de su narrativa breve.Su antología personal, Hipótesis del sueño, ha sido publicada por Nueva York Poetry Press en abril de 2019.Vive en Nueva York desde los años sesenta donde se desempeña como traductor en cinco idiomas.

Week of 9/29 –

  • 10/2 (WEDNESDAY, 3:30 p.m.) - CUNY Latinx at 50: Celebrate and Reflect on 50 Years of Latinx studies at CUNY
    Where: Carman B-08


    Speakers:

    XAVIER TOTTI is the editor of the academic journal CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and the editor in chief of the eMagazineCentro Voices . CENTRO Journal is an award winning journal, the premier journal on Puerto Rican studies and a leading journal in Latino Studies. Formerly he was the director of Lehman’s Bilingual Program.

    MAGDALENA SAGARDIA, Lehman College

    FORREST COLBURN, Professor of Political Science, Lehman College
  • 10/3 (THURSDAY, 12:30-1:45 p.m.) – Huracan Dance Company – Performance & Workshops, sponsored by City and Humanities
    Where: Lehman College Studio Theater


    Photo of Bocafloja Huracan Dance Company is a comprised of professional seasoned dancers that have part taken in a variety of different dance projects throughout the world. Huracan Dancers have performed in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and all over the United States. Huracan also were featured dancers at the 32 annual Salsa Festival at the Barclays Center.

Week of 10/6 –

  • Photo of Bocafloja 10/7 (MONDAY, 4 p.m.) – FILM SCREENING – "Bravado Magenta" by Bocafloja + Q & A
    Where: Carman B-08


    Bravado Maganeta is an exposé on the intersection of coloniality and patriarchy. A performative documentary which critically analyzes racialized masculinities through self-cartography and storytelling. Written and directed by multidisciplinary artist and scholar Bocafloja.

  • 10/10 (THURSDAY, 5-7 p.m.) – Entrepreneurs Panel, refreshment budget, catering from La Morada/ South of France
    Where: Music Hall 330


    Panelists: La Morada, Mexican Restaurant in South Bronx
    Ramona Ferreyra, founder Ojala Threads, Inc.
    Maribel, South of France Restaurant, Westchester Avenue

  • 10/10 (THURSDAY, 12:30-3 p.m.) – Latina Woman's Poetry + Workshops – sponsored by City and Humanities Program
    Where: Lehman College Studio Theater


    Photo of Elisabet Velasquez ELISABET VELASQUEZ first began performing her poetry at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café and in 2009 earned a spot on the coveted Nuyorican National Slam Team which achieved 4th place in the Nation. Velasquez Poetry explores and promotes feminism, body positivity, sex, love, mental illness, and women's choices through an intersectional lens. Velasquez has performed at Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Pregones Theatre, Bushwick Starr Theatre, The Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn Museum, Museum Of Natural History, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Rutgers University, Williams College, Adelphi University, Pace University, Princeton University, James Madison University, Harvard. University and The Amber Rose Slut Walk 2017. Her work has been featured in TIDAL, NBC, Now This, Huffington Post, Latina Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Centro Voces and Elephant Journal among others. She is a VONA Alum, 2017 Poets House Fellow. She is the winner of Button Poetry's 2017 Poetry Video Contest and the author of the chapbook PTSD.

    Photo of Jani Rose JANI ROSE is a Puerto Rican poet, writer, activist, curator, and educator. Born in El Barrio, raised in the Bronx, and educated in a Manhattan private school, she is a culturally diverse New Yorker. Her passion for poetry began when she was published at the age of 7. At 17, she attended workshops at The New School and began reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Though the next decade of her life was dedicated to raising her 4 sons; she continued writing, becoming a Board Member and Fellow of the Acentos Writers Workshops in 2010. Jani Rose's return to performance poetry in 2008, led to a relationship with Capicu Culture, where she is a Board Member, organizer, and blogger for "Sofrito for Your Soul." In 2012 she launched the Sangre Viva Arts Alliance, unifying the large Latino network of activists in NYC. In the Spring of 2014, she co-founded La Sopa: Capicu School of Poetic Arts, hosted at Boricua College in Brooklyn, where she is a student and educator. Jani Rose is a multi-faceted professional who takes to the page and stage to express her love of the art of language and share the Nuyorican experience.

    Photo of Amber Paez AMBER PAEZ is an MFA-Poetry candidate at The New School. Her writing focuses on the intersections of culture, language, and identity by examining her own first-generation Latinx roots. She currently is working on her thesis, but has translation projects, critical essays, and book reviews in the works.

    Her poems have been published in anthologies such as Florida's Best Emerging Poets 2017 and New York's Best Emerging Poets 2018 as well as in literary magazines such as TEA and Com(m)unícate. She has read her poetry in multiple venues across New York.

    To learn more follow her on social media @speakupamps @ampspoetry (IG)
    or visit her website at www.ampspoetry.com

Week of 10/15 – Closing Week

  • 10/15 (TUESDAY 3-6:00 p.m.) - Hispanic Heritage Month Closing with Special Guest Peggy Robles-Alvarado and Yasser Tejeda & Palotré
    Where: Faculty Dining Room


    The closing event will feature a student showcase and performances by the Huracán Dance Company (salsa), Hispanic Heritage Month honoree poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado, and live music by Yasser Tejeda & Palotré. There will also be food, cake and other activities!

    Photo of Peggy Robles-Alvarado Peggy Robles- Alvarado is Pushcart Prize nominee, a CantoMundo, Academy for Teachers, Desert Nights Rising Stars and Home School Fellow. She is also a five-time International Latino Book Award winner. This tenured educator, with M.A.Ed. degrees in elementary and bilingual education and an MFA in Performance Studies, authored Conversations with My Skin (2011) and Homage to the Warrior Women (2012). Through Robleswrites Productions, she curated The Abuela Stories Project (2016) and Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement and The Muse (2017). As a former teen mother, an initiated priestess in the Lukumi and Palo spiritual systems, and a proud grandmother, this BRIO award winning performance poet uses rhythmic, raw- truth energy to celebrate womanhood and honor cultural rituals. She’s been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Black Spirit Solstice Summit, Poets & Writers, and The BADD!ASS Women Festival. In 2016 she was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx, a BCA Arts Fund, and Spaceworks Bronx Community Artist Grant recipient. Peggy has been published in 92Y's #wordswelivein, NACLA, Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, The Bronx Memoir Project, The Other Side of Violet, Latina Voices: Struggles and Protest in 21 Century USA and What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump. Peggy has also directed sold-out performances of her latest anthology and the play Live Big Girl. For more visit Robleswrites.com.

    Photo of Yasser Tejeda & PalotreYasser Tejeda & Palotré is a Dominican fusion group that is giving traditional folkloric music a new spin with jazz, rock and Caribbean rhythms in "a frenzied celebration of ancestral union" (Billboard, 2019). The New York based group is in the midst of releasing their upcoming album, Kijombo on October 11th. It is a voyage through the various musical landscapes of the Dominican Republic conveyed through rock and jazz. The album is "both a celebration and an invitation to reflect on what it means to be Dominican" (Remezcla, 2019). Their hope is to incite an awakening so new generations will be inspired to explore their roots.