National Hispanic Heritage Month at SSU, Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Sonoma State University will be kicking off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a bang, literally. Performing at the opening ceremony at noon on Sept. 17, in the Darwin Quad is the Les Edwins Show. Edwins is an established percussionist most known for his presence as a street performer at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 until Oct 15. Other events for the month include:

Mayda Del Valle - acclaimed poet and spoken word artist -Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. Ives 101.- Mayda Del Valle has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having "a way with words. A proud native of the South Side of Chicago, she has appeared on six episodes of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Oprah's O Magazine named her as one of 20 women for the first ever "O Power List." In May of 2009, she was invited to perform at The White House for the President and First Lady.

Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series "Los Colores de la Montana." Thursday. Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Student Union MPR - With a remarkable group of child actors, first-time writer/director Carlos César Arbeláez narrates a beautiful tale of lost innocence set in the guerilla-military conflict of Colombia. Beautifully filmed by director of photography Oscar Jimenez in the breathtakingly verdant Andean region of Colombia, Arbeláez's internationally lauded film delivers a unique and powerful vision of war as seen through the eyes of children. Free. Co-sponsored by SSU Modern Languages and Chicano and Latino Studies Department (CALS).

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives, with visiting filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto - film and lecture, Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m, Ives 101. Amazing things unfold as the young members of Chicago's Albany Park Theater Project transform the traumatic story of 18-year-old Honduran immigrant Marlin into a daring, original play. TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives is about creativity and the unexpected resources inside youths, who may be discounted because of their youth, race or ethnicity, or because they come from under-resourced neighborhoods without access to arts programs. Presented in cooperation with the Sonoma Film Institute. Free for SSU students.

Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series: "Blacktino" Tuesday Sept. 24, 6 p.m., Student Union MPR. - "Blacktino" is a dark teen comedy about an overweight half-black, half-hispanic nerd named Stefan Daily. He was raised by his black grandmother in a medium sized suburb of Austin, TX. Struggling to find his place in a mostly white high school, Stefan finds sanctuary among the eclectic mix of social outcasts in the school's Theatre Department. Free. Co-sponsored by Modern Languages and CALS department.

"Spanglish 101 - A Total Immersion Comedic Excursion into Latino USA" with Bill Santiago. Thursday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Ives 101.
- Bill Santiago is the first born of at least four children. He became a standup comic after narrowly escaping a career in journalism, facing the fact that as a comedian he was funny, but as a reporter he was a joke. With the premiere of his first television special, "Comedy Central Presents: Bill Santiago," he won over fans nationwide with his dead-on observations about Spanglish - "twice the vocabulary and half the grammar!" and his beloved catchphrase "¡Porque because!" In this show, Santiago surveys the full sweep of Latino expression in the United States. Fusing a journalist's rigorous curiosity and a stand-up comic's satiric instincts, the routine serves as a vehicle to address the realities of, and misunderstandings about, life in Latino USA.

Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series: "Granito" Monday, Oct. 7, noon, Student Union MPR. The astonishing new film by Pamela Yates transports us back in time through a riveting, haunting tale of the Guatemalan genocide and returns to the present with a cast of characters joined by destiny and the quest to bring a malevolent dictator to justice. Free. Co-sponsored by Modern Languages and CALS department.

Sonia Nazario - Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Author of Enrique's Journey - Monday Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Cooperage. - Sonia Nazario, a projects reporter for The Los Angeles Times, has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues, earning her dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her series, "Enrique's Journey," about the experiences of Latin American children who immigrate to join their parents in the United States. She offers a gripping personal perspective on one of the most challenging and divisive issues today: immigration.

Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series:"Nostalgia de la Luz" Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m., Student Union MPR. - The recipient of numerous documentary awards at international film festivals, this film makes a strong case for the philosophical parallels between the privileged scientists who use the observatories at the famous Chilean Atacama Desert, and the marginalized women who search the vastness of that same desert for any remains of the desaparecidos of the Pinochet régime. Free. Co-sponsored by Modern Languages and CALS department.

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