Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) is an important holiday that honors the culture, history, and contributions of American citizens of Hispanic descent. It has been commemorated in the United States in different forms since the 1960s. And this year it will be celebrated at William Woods University.
“We have an important Hispanic community here at William Woods and a growing Hispanic population the Missouri area,” says Dr. Hannah Bolados, assistant professor of Spanish at William Woods. “This month is a great moment to stop and recognize this ethnic group.”
In observation of the month-long holiday, Professor Bolados is running a series of events on campus, which are free and open to the public:
- Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off: Fri., Sept. 15; 4–5 p.m.; Burton 006
Professor Bolados will discuss the importance of the holiday and why it’s celebrated.
- Chicano Artists: Painting An(Other) Identities: Wed., Sept. 27; 4–5 p.m.; Burton 006
Guadalupe Pérez-Anzaldo, associate professor of Spanish at the University of Missouri, will present on visual representations of Chicano history. Light refreshments to follow.
- Mesa de Español: Wed., Oct. 4; 12–1 p.m.; Nielsen Room, Tucker Dining Hall
Bring your lunch and practice your Spanish during this monthly event. Good for beginner, intermediate, and native speakers.
- Film Screening: Sin Nombre: Wed., Oct. 4; 4 and 7 p.m.; Library Auditorium
Come view Sin Nombre (R), a 2009 movie about a young Honduran woman on an odyssey to cross the U.S. border. Discussion led by Dr. Bolados to follow.