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Hispanic Heritage Month

Schedule of Events: September – October 2017

Café Hispano. Monday, September 11, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Jake's Java, September 11 (see other dates below). The Café Hispano will be led this year by Andrea Olivares Beltrán and Luca Bazzi Otero, Visiting Instructors of Spanish. During this afternoon coffee break, stop by to engage in some informal conversation in Spanish with Andrea, Luca, and other Albright students who study Spanish.

3 bellezas/3 Beauties* (2014, 97 minutes). Monday, September 18, 7:00 p.m., CFA 235 (Klein Lecture Hall). Perla is fixated on having her two daughters reach the goal she never achieved—being a “Miss”, a beauty queen—at the expense of her son, who she ignores, and the daughters themselves, who she turns into bitter rivals. This biting and dark comedy brings into sharp focus both Venezuela’s overblown beauty pageant industry and our own obsessions about parental expectations and body image. Amanda Hanincik, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Samantha J. Wesner, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Gable Health Center, and Janice Rodríguez, Instructor of Spanish, will lead a brief Q&A after the film. In Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles. Experience Event.

Hispanic Heritage Night and Mariachi Band. Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 p.m., Sylvan Pond. Hispanic food from Mi Casa Su Casa, Mariachi music, and cultural events. Sponsored by WXAC and Office of Multicultural Affairs. Experience Event.

Café Hispano. Thursday, September 21, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Jake's Java.

Café Hispano. Monday, September 25, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Jake's Java.

También la lluvia/Even the Rain* (2011, 104 minutes). Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m., CFA 235 (Klein Lecture Hall). In this film within a film, a Spanish acting company arrives in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to shoot a movie about the Christopher Columbus’s voyage to the Americas and the European exploitation of the indigenous people. But their work is interrupted by violent protests by their locally hired film extras, and they’re drawn into the conflict. Even the Rain, based on real-life events that followed Bolivia’s sale of water rights to multinational companies, blurs lines between past and present, fiction and reality. It poses the important question: Who owns water? David Osgood, Professor of Biology, and Lennie Amores, Assistant Professor of Spanish, will lead a brief Q&A after the film. In Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles. Experience Event.

Guaraní* (2015, 85 minutes). Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., CFA 235 (Klein Lecture Hall). Eleven-year-old Iara accompanies her grandfather Atilio on a road trip from Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their objective: find the mother who abandoned her—now pregnant again—so that Atilio can try to convince her to come home, where he can teach his future grandson his language and traditions. In this road movie, Iara needs to confront questions of identity and family. Carlos Dimas, Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies, and Karen Jogan, Professor of Spanish, will lead a brief Q&A after the film. In Guaraní and Spanish with English subtitles. Experience Event.

Café Hispano. Thursday, October 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Jake's Java.

Café Hispano. Monday, October 9, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Jake's Java.

Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon. Tuesday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Campus Center Dining Hall. Enjoy foods from the Hispanic world.

Pelo malo/Bad Hair* (2013, 93 minutes). Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m., CFA 235 (Klein Lecture Hall). Nine-year-old Junior is desperate to straighten his long, curly hair before school picture day. His mother sees his hair as a painful reminder of her long-gone man and a warning about Junior’s future. Shot in a gritty, realistic style, this film explores racism, sexuality, and the sacrifices we make to conform. Katherine Lehman, Associate Professor of Communications, and Andrea Olivares Beltrán, Visiting Instructor of Spanish, will lead a brief Q&A after the film. In Spanish with English subtitles. Experience Event.

Aquí y allá/Here and There* (2012, 110 minutes). Thursday, October 19, 7:00 p.m., CFA 235 (Klein Lecture Hall). After many years working in the United States, Pedro returns home to rural Mexico to be with his wife and daughters. Will he realize his dream of becoming a musician, or will harsh economic realities demand sacrifices he won’t—or can’t—make? Elizabeth Kiester, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will lead a brief Q&A after the film. In Spanish with English subtitles. Experience Event.

A Colombian Education: Cultural Foundations. Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m., CFA 235 (Klein Lecture Hall). Andrea Olivares Beltrán, Visiting Instructor of Spanish, will introduce the Colombian educational system. Come learn about how school in Colombia uniquely influences and is influenced by national, local and international cultures. Experience Event.

Café Hispano. Thursday, October 26, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Jake's Java.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Coloring Calaveras. Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m., Main Floor, Gingrich Library. Join us in the Gingrich Library to color calaveras and enjoy hot chocolate!

Game Night. Friday, November 3, 7:15 - 9:30 p.m., Gingrich Library. Join the Gingrich Library and the Modern Foreign Languages Department. Enjoy games such as Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble and Twister, and try your hand with some games in French and Spanish!

Café Hispano. Thursday, November 9; Monday, November 13; and Thursday, November 30, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Jake's Java.

*The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain

 

 


Have questions or concerns about Hispanic Heritage Month?
Contact Adam M. John, Ph.D., at 610.921.7699
¡Hasta pronto!