Hispanic Heritage Month

at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Saturday, Sept. 15, through Monday, Oct. 15), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a variety of cultural events on campus. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Sept. 13 – Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff: The Islander Cultural Alliance, the University Center, and Student Activities will celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This event will include music, food, and entertainment. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 13 – The Windward Review: The Department of English and the Islander Creative Writers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host the Windward Review: An International Literary Journal of South Texas and the Coastal Bend, Vol. 16 on Thursday, Sep. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room 320. The event features public readings and an open mic to celebrate the release of Windward Review, Vol. 16, produced by Islander Creative Writer students, faculty, and affiliates. Readings include poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction by local, national, international contributors who invite connection with our community, culture, and history. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Carstensen at 361.825.3627; or email robin.carstensen@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 18 – Presentation by Dr. Isabel Araiza: The presentation, “The Hope, The Hype, and the Hypocrisy of Hispanic Serving Institutions - A Call for Creating Xicanx-Centered Colleges and Universities,” interrogates the role of “Hispanic Serving Institutions” in our society. Are HSIs, as they are organized today, legitimators of inequality and white supremacy? If we wish for our institutions to be transformative institutions, then we must reject the “aesthetic of caring” and reorganize our institutions to be Xicanx-centered colleges and universities. Dr. Isabel Araiza will present on this topic on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Isabel Araiza at 361.825.3936, or email isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 18 – Border Cinema - Film Screening and Discussion with Literature Faculty: Join us for a screening of the 2009 film Sin Nombre, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Bay Hall 104. The film depicts the harrowing journey of two migrants fleeing violence in Mexico and Central America. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Dale Pattison at dale.pattison@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 19 – Creating a Legacy - The Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia: The History Area and the Mexican American Studies program will celebrate the memory and legacy of civil rights pioneer, Dr. Hector P. Garcia on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 2:-3 p.m. in University Center Oso 221. Dr. Thomas Kreneck, former Director of Special Collections and Archives, will speak to Dr. Garcia’s accomplishments. Light refreshments will be served prior to and after the talk. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Anthony Quiroz at 361.825.5985; or e-mail anthony.quiroz@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 20 – Tejano Justice League Speaker Series - The Artists: Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to the first presentation in the Tejano Justice League Speaker Series. The Tejano Justice League is a group of local artists, chefs, and designers who are united by a common purpose: To inspire others in the community to “take a risk, take initiative, start a business, and create change.”  Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6-7 p.m. in University Center Lonestar Ballroom 142 A for the first presentation featuring local artists Mayra Zamora and Sandra Gonzalez. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 21 – History Harvest: The History Harvest, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 21, from 4-6 p.m. in University Center Oso 221, is free and open to all residents of the Coastal Bend. The goal of this history harvest is to celebrate and preserve family history, stories and memorabilia, and make these items available to the public, students and scholars.  At the history harvest, archivists from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will learn more about the materials to assess how well they match the archives’ collecting scope. When materials are a good match, the owner will have an opportunity to support TAMU-CC’s efforts to strengthen the documentation of our community history by choosing to sign a deed of gift transferring the materials to the archives. Donors will be provided with digital copies of the materials they donate. For more information, contact Ann Hodges, director of Special Collections & Archives at 361.825.4500; or email specialcollections@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 24Hispanic Film Series: The Spanish Program will screen the first film of the Hispanic Film Series on Monday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m., University Center Jetty 123. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Cristina Ortiz at 361.825.6009; or email cristina.ortiz@tamucc.edu.  

Sept. 25 – Hispanic Health Fair: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Student Nurses Association will hold a Health Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Dugan gym. Nursing students and faculty will provide blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar screenings AIC/Cholesterol (first 50) and educational information on diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.  There will be exhibitors from various organizations providing information on their agencies. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Petra Martinez at 361.825.2264; or email petra.martinez@tamucc.edu.  

Sept. 25 – Mariachi & Folkórico Showcase: The Department of Music invites the public to celebrate the pageantry and beauty of the music of the Mariachi de la Isla and the traditional dances of Alcorta's Compañía de Danza Folklórica. Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center for an evening of beautiful and traditional mariachi music and Folkórico dances that are sure to please everyone! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rai Morales at 361.825.2281, or email rai.morales@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 26 - Alebrije con ICA: The Islander Cultural Alliance invite the campus community to "Alebrije con ICA" on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. in the University Center Rotunda. Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by painting small ceramic figures in the Alebrije style. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 26 – Queering the Island: The Pride Alliance invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to a presentation featuring local LGBTQ+ activist, writer, and alumna, Kitana Sanchez on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1 p.m., in University Center Jetty 123. Join our conversation about advocating for broader public awareness of transgender & human rights and supporting empowerment within LGBTQ+ communities!. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Sarah Salter at 361.825.2834; or email sarah.salter@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 27 – UnSchooled: From Black Cats to Ojo – How Myths Shape Identity: Join the Islander Inclusive Network for a lunch discussion about the ways myths shape identity on Thursday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m., UC Oso 221. Students should RSVP through I-Engage for this event. For more information, contact Delaney Foster at 361 .825.3925 or delaney.foster@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 27 – Presentation by Dr. Carlos Huerta: Join us on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6-8 p.m., University Center Oso 221 for a presentation by Dr. Carlos Huerta. The presentation will examine party identification of Latinos in Texas by analyzing state demographics, public opinion data, and political generations, and racial/ethnic groups. The findings suggest that Texas may be entering a transition phase in party identification as the Latino population becomes a bigger percentage of the population and from generational change. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Carlos Huerta at 361.825.5995, or email juan.huerta@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 26 & 27 – Read-A-Thon: On behalf of the Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Melissa Galván will host a Read-A-Thon where faculty, staff and students will read short excerpts of literary works by Spanish, Spanish American and U.S Latina/o authors. The Read-A-Thon event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Faculty Center Atrium. This two-day event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Melissa Galván at 361.825.2580; or email melissa.galvan@tamucc.edu.  

Sept. 28 – Fiesta Concert: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Music Department presents the Fiesta Concert with TAMU-CC Faculty Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will include music intrinsically related to Hispanic culture. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Melissa Melendez at Melissa.Melendez@tamucc.edu or Jose Flores at 361.825.3746, or email jose.flores@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 29 – Hispanic Culture Through Sound: The Music of Miguel del Aguila: Join us on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center for a concert by Miguel del Aguila. A Grammy-nominated composer of worldwide fame, Del Aguila’s music for the concert stage has been performed on every continent by some of the most important groups of our time. Del Aguila's music is infused with the harmonies and rhythms of Hispanic folk song and traditions. The evening will begin with a pre-concert talk, titled “Living in the USA as a Hispanic Artist,” and the concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Scott Pool at 361.825.3648, or email scott.pool@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 2 – Hispanic Poetry Reading: Join Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Perez on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 2-3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. The two poets will read in both English and Spanish from their latest works. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 2 – Tejano Justice League Speaker Series - The Chefs: Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to the second presentation in the Tejano Justice League Speaker Series. The Tejano Justice League is a group of local artists, chefs, and designers who are united by a common purpose: To inspire others in the community to “take a risk, take initiative, start a business, and create change.” Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6-7 p.m. in University Center Oso 221 for the second presentation in the series featuring book author and blogger, Vianney Rodriguez, and local chefs Omar Arellano, Tony Maldonado, and Svani Quintanilla. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 3 – Lotería: Islander Cultural Alliance will host a big game of Lotería in the University Center Rotunda on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6- 8 p.m. Play Mexican Bingo for fun student prizes while you laugh with friends and enjoy your dinner. For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539, or email ica@tamucc.edu

Oct. 3 – Spanish Teachers Panel: The Spanish Program would like to invite you to a panel discussion about issues related to the teaching of Spanish in the U.S. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in University Center Anchor Ballroom C. The discussion will feature narratives from local teachers in the community and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mara Barbosa at 361.825.3264; or mara.barbosa@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 4 – Translation Matters: The Spanish Program invites you to attend the Translation and Interpretation Opportunities event on Thursday, Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Center for Sciences, room 107. This event will commemorate International Translation Day and will discuss the upcoming Spanish-English Translation and Interpreting Certificates to be offered at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In addition, it will explore translation and interpreting opportunities in the area and in the United States. Guest speaker is Lorena Parada-Valdes. For more information, contact Marko Miletich at 361.825.3352; or email marko.miletich@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 4 – Remember the Alamo: Join us as we screen the PBS documentary, Remember the Alamo, on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6-8 p.m. in University Center Anchor Ballroom A. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 8 – Exploring Latin and South American Chamber Music for the Bassoon: Senior Music Major, Tristen Craven, will present a lecture recital featuring the chamber music of composers from Latin/South America on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Craven will explore the distinguishing attributes of Hispanic style inherent in the featured composers for this program. Composers will include Hector Villa-Lobos (Brazil), Francisco Mignone (Brazil), and Miguel del Aguila (Uruguay). For more information, please contact Scott Pool at 361.825.3648, or email scott.pool@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 9 Tejano Justice League Speaker Series - The Designers: Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to the final presentation in the Tejano Justice League Speaker Series. The Tejano Justice League is a group of local artists, chefs, and designers who are united by a common purpose: To inspire others in the community to “take a risk, take initiative, start a business, and create change.” Join us on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6-7 p.m. in University Center Oso 221 for a presentation featuring local designers, Gerald and Elena Flores, owners of the clothing brands Taco Gear and Sew Bonita, and jewelry designer, Oneida Cantu-Maldonado, from Proyecto Bruja. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 9 – Latin Dance Night: Join the Multicultural Greek Council and Islander Cultural Alliance as we dance the night away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 7-9 p.m. in the Anchor Ballroom.  Latin Dance Night is free and includes fun music, dance lessons, and snacks. For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu or Multicultural Greek Council at mgc@tamucc.edu

Oct. 10Hispanic Film Series: The Spanish Program will screen the second film of the Hispanic Film Series on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 4:30 p.m., University Center Lonestar 142A. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Cristina Ortiz at 361.825.6009; or email cristina.ortiz@tamucc.edu.  

Oct. 10 PASS Cultural Celebration and Display: The Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center Lonestar Ballrooms 142 B & C. PASS will provide a unique opportunity for multiple Latin musical perspectives to be represented. In addition, there will be a cultural educational display connecting to the Dia de Los Muertos, as well as, interactive activities for students to participate. For more information, contact Jocelyn Gutierrez at 361.825.2472 or email jocelyn.gutierrez@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 11 – Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Is Hispanic culture under-represented in Wikipedia? Let's do something about it! TAMU-CC students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library on Thursday, Oct. 11, from noon to 4 p.m., to engage in a conversation about the representation of Hispanics in Wikipedia and increase that representation by directly contributing to related Wikipedia articles. The event begins with a panel presentation featuring TAMU-CC faculty. This event is free, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the event Wikipedia page or contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321, or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 17 – Spanish Program Open House: The Department of Humanities and the Spanish Program will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting an interactive Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 2-5 p.m. in University Center Anchor Ballroom B. Join us to learn what the Spanish Program has to offer! The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Melissa Galván at 361.825.2580; or email melissa.galvan@tamucc.edu.  

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Display: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will join the campus-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with displays throughout the Library.  Displays will be available during the month (Saturday, Sept. 15, through Monday, Oct. 15) with books, films, and other resources that highlight the rich and diverse influence of the Hispanic and Latino community. For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Resources: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library has created an online guide for Hispanic Heritage Month (Saturday, Sept. 15, through Monday, Oct. 15). The guide offers access to books, journals, databases, teaching resources and more! Check out library resources that celebrate our Hispanic heritage at http://tamucc.libguides.com/HHM2018. For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.