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School of Arts and Humanities

2020 Hispanic Heritage Month

Schedule of Events

For questions contact Melissa Castilloplanas, Department of English.


  • Friday, 9/11, 1-3 p.m.- FILM PREMIER of EL SUSTO at the Harlem Film Festival

    El Susto will have its New York premiere (online) as part of the Harlem International Film Festival. Join us for the screening followed by a discussion with Director, Karen Akins and Eating Nafta author Dr. Alyshia Galvez about taking "susto" seriously and the latest developments in the Mexican battle against junk food.

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Week of 9/15 – Opening Week

  • Tuesday 9/15, 2p.m. A Mexican State of Mind: New York City and the New Borderlands of Culture.

    Assistant Professor of English, Melissa Castillo Planas will present her new book which highlights the creative work of the mostly undocumented Mexican migrant youth population of New York City. She is the author of the poetry collection Coatlicue Eats the Apple, editor of the anthology, ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets, co-editor of La Verdad: An International Dialogue on Hip Hop Latinidades and co-author of the novel, Pure Bronx.

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  • Thursday 9/17 – Latino Lunchtime Comedy, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

    Featuring: Luis Galilei (NBC, SIRIUS XM); Ariana Rodriguez (NBC Bring The Funny, BET) and Rojo Perez (HBO, Conan, TruTV).

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  • Friday 9/18, 5 p.m. - What is Latin/a/x? with Professor Sarah Ohmer.

    This panel of Afro-Latinx speakers will explore the meaning of Latinidad and Afro-Latinidad. Specifically they will explore the following questions: What does it mean to be of Hispanic origin and African descent, and queer, and with disabilities in the U.S.? How is the U.S. experience different from the experience of fellow Americanxs in the rest of the continent - in the Americas? Why is Hispanic Heritage Month so important? What does "Hispanic Heritage" and Hispanic Heritage Month undermine/ leave out? How have Afro-Hispanics or Afro-Latinx individuals and groups contributed to U.S. society and culture, and to the wider American experience? Join us for an enlightening discussion; Q&A will follow the presentation.

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    Week 2

  • Monday 9/21, 3:30-5pm Experts Among US Workshop

    Featuring Melissa Castillo Planas, Bret Maney and Magdalena Sagardia: This workshop will explore the ways in which to diversify the study of literature via the incorporation of Latinx authors.
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  • Monday 9/21, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - Influential Latinas: Mobilizing the Latinx Vote

    Panelists include Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO of YWCA; Katina Rojas Nazario-Joy, Latino Liaison in the Office of the County Executive in Prince George's County, MD; and Rossana Rosado, New York State Secretary of State. The panel will be moderated by Suzette Ramsundar and David Charcape.

    Where - ZOOM: 939 7802 9068
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  • Thursday 9/24, 12:30-1:45 p.m. – The Trouble With My Name performance by Javier Avila

    The Trouble with My Name examines the issues of language, race, and social justice in an eye-opening performance where Ávila engages the audience as he tells the story of his life and reads poetry that illustrates what it means to be the American of the future. Ávila’s show breaks barriers and embraces the diversity of a nation whose history is rich and colorful. The message transcends boundaries of race, ethnicity, and geography.

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  • Friday 9/25, 5 p.m. – Movie Night with the SGA featuring “Stolen Education.”

    Stolen Education documents the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950’s and changed the face of education in the Southwest. RSVP to gain access to Zoom link:

  • Week 3

  • Wednesday 9/30, 3:30- 5 p.m. -Book Talk with Professor Mila Burns: Dona Ivone Lara's Sorriso Negro: Black and Feminist Resistance to the Brazilian dictatorship.

    More than simply a paragon of Brazilian samba, Dona (Lady) Ivone Lara’s 1981 Sorriso Negro (translated to Black Smile) is an album deeply embedded in the political and social tensions of its time. Released less than two years after the Brazilian military dictatorship approved the Lei de Anistia (the “Opening” that put Brazil on a path toward democratic governance), Sorriso Negro reflects the seminal shifts occurring within Brazilian society as former exiles reinforced debates of civil rights and feminist thought in a nation under the iron hand of a military dictatorship that had been in place since 1964. By looking at one of the most important samba albums ever recorded (and one that also happened to be authored by a black woman), Mila Burns explores the pathbreaking career of Dona Ivone Lara, tracing the ways in which she navigated the tense gender and race relations of the samba universe to ultimately conquer the masculine world of samba composers. Mila Burns is Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American & Latino Studies at Lehman College.

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  • Friday 10/2, 3:30 p.m.- 5 pm. – Poet Carlos Andres Gómez

    Andrés Gómez is a Colombian American poet, speaker, actor, and author of Fractures, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, Hijito, winner of the Broken River Prize and a #1 SPD bestseller, and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House. A star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, TV One’s Verses and Flow, and Spike Lee’s #1 box office movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Carlos is widely known for his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online. Winner of the Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, he partnered with John Legend on Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students. Carlos is a proud Latinx and father.

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    Week 4

  • Thursday 10/8, 5 p.m.

    Presentation of LatiNext, a new anthology of Latinx poets. LatiNEXT is A BreakBeat Poets anthology that opposes silence and re-mixes the soundtrack of the Latinx diaspora across diverse poetic traditions.In the dynamic tradition of the BreakBeat Poets anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext celebrates the embodied narratives of Latinidad. Poets speak from an array of nationalities, genders, sexualities, races, and writing styles, staking a claim to our cultural and civic space.

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  • Friday 10/9, 12-1:30 p.m. - Food for healing: Latinx foodways, health and healing, even during a pandemic

    In this event, we will hear from Bronx-based Latinx and indigenous people who see food and foodways as a resource for health and healing in Latinx communities. As we hear troubling statistics about the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on Latinx populations and the Bronx in particular, and the structural inequalities that cause so many health challenges, these food activists have a vision for connecting decolonized foodways to post-pandemic futures of wellbeing, health and community resilience, a more just and connected food system and mutual aid. In this event, we will have a live cooking demo, tips for growing food even when you live in an NYC apartment, and a discussion of recipes for wellness even when the world seems broken.

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  • Friday 10/9, 5 p.m. - "POC Talks" with the SGA focusing on the Latinx Community.

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    Week 5 - Closing Week

  • Thursday 10/15, 5 p.m. – Closing Event featuring student performances and special guest Alumni Hector Velez

    Professor Velez received his PhD from Cornell University in 1983. A former Associate professor at Ithaca College as well as an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University since 1977 in the Department of Sociology, he created the first Latinx course which he continues to teach today. He has worked as a consultant to the Dominican Republic, has traveled to Cuba, investigating the effects of "Radio Marti", and was an official observer in the Paraguayan elections in 1994. He is one of the founding members of the Latino Studies Program at Cornell, on the Board of Directors of the L.S.P.S., and has served as Acting Director of the program.

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    FILNYC - Feria International Del Libro de Nueva York

  • The Feria International Del Libro de La Ciudad de Nueva York return this October virtually. You can find all the information for the program on its website:

    Facebook: @FILNYC
    Twitter:@fil_nyc, #FILNYC, #FILNYCenCasa, #FILNYC2020

    Thank You to Our Sponsors:
    Office of the President
    School of Arts and Humanities
    Department of English
    Latin American Latino and Puerto Rican Studies
    Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute
    Latinx Student Alliance
    Student Government Association