SMU will observe Latino Heritage Month 2015 with food, music, dancing, family activities, a holiday celebration and a voter registration drive.
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 with Viva America, an outdoor festival celebrating all Hispanic cultures. Highlights will include Latin food, live performances, a DJ and dancing.
Other events include:
- A voter registration drive on Monday, Sept. 22 at the West Bridge, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, organized by College Hispanic American Students (CHAS), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
- The traditional Family Weekend La Familia Luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 1 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.
- A Dias de los Muertos party with food, drink and holiday activities on Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.
Latino Heritage Month is sponsored by SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Visit them online at smu.edu/multicultural.
Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raúl Coronado will give a lecture entitled “‘We have been made the victims’: The Melancholia of Broken Social Contract and Spanish-American Independence” at noon April 21 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Bring your lunch.
“Papers,” please: A new film explores the stories of the approximately 2 million undocumented children born outside the United States and raised in this country, and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status and with no path to citizenship. “Papers” will be shown at SMU at 7 p.m. April 25 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. A discussion will follow. The event is free; donations are welcome. Presented by Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia and the LULAC Student Chapter at SMU. For more information, contact SMU LULAC President Elizabeth Zamora, 972-762-1964.
Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: A panel of SMU experts and others explore “Crypto Judaism in the American Southwest: Hidden Religious Roots of Hispanic Peoples” in a public workshop at 2:30 p.m. April 25 in the Great Hall, Room 121, Perkins Prothro Hall. Participants include David Maldonado Jr. and Gregory Cuellar, Perkins School of Theology; Pamela Patton, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; Stanley M. Hordes, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico; and Juan Gutierrez, a doctoral candidate in the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago. A reception will follow. Presented by the Perkins School’s Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions with funds from the Luce Foundation. Cosponsored by Perkins School of Theology, the Perkins Mexican American Program, the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and the Department of Religious Studies in SMU’s Dedman College, and the SMU Judaic Studies Program. For more information, contact Stephanie Carroll, 214-768-3477.
A presidential collection: In 1815, Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson’s personal library – then the largest private book collection available in North America – to replace the congressional library destroyed when the British burned the U.S. Capitol the previous year. Jefferson’s collection (right) served as the core of the Library of Congress until catastrophic fire again struck the Capitol on Christmas Eve 1851, destroying two-thirds of his original collection. Mark Dimunation, chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, discusses the reconstruction of this landmark collection and the fresh insight it provides into the mind of Thomas Jefferson and the world of the Enlightenment in “Forged in Fire: The Jefferson Collection at the Library of Congress” April 29 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Reception at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m. Sponsored by SMU’s Bridwell Library, DeGolyer Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon, and the Book Club of Texas. RSVP online or call 214-768-3483. (This event was rescheduled from Feb. 11.)