A series of events intended to highlight and celebrate the vibrancy and dynamism of Hispanic heritage are slated to energize Sonoma State this fall, with events showcasing cultural expression through everything from folk dance to slam poetry. Associated Student Productions (ASP) presents the following lineup of events to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15 to October 15.
The heritage celebrations opened with The Art of Being You: Nine Rules in D.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y. on Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. in Ives 101. Speaker Stan Pearson explored how diversity is at the heart of self-esteem, and why it is empowering to embrace one's culture.
A screening of The 800 Mile Wall and post-screening discussion with Chicano and Latino Studies professor Ron Lopez examined the construction of the new border walls along the U.S.-Mexico divide, and its effect on the migrants trying to cross into the U.S. This powerful 90-minute film was shown Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Darwin 102.
Two professional dancers will introduce the fundamentals of salsa dancing on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. Even those with no previous dance experience are encouraged to participate.
The celebration of dance continues with an evening of authentic Mexican folk music and dance by the Ensamble Ballet Folkorico de San Francisco on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in Ives 101.
Def Poetry Jam speaker Mark Gonzales hosts a poetry slam that emphasizes social issues and the value of being an independent thinker on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in The Pub.
Raza Heritage Month events conclude with an appearance by speaker Dr. Carlos Muñoz Jr., the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department and an important human rights activist, who speaks about his experiences as a human rights activist and the importance of racial equality in America on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Cooperage. Free tickets are available in the Student Union.
For more information on these and other events, call (707) 664-2382 or visit www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.