Monday, September 14, 2009

Institute for Latino Studies Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a series of special events on the South Bend campus.

An academic symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 16 September in McKenna Hall Auditorium. Latino academicians from around the country have been invited to discuss the state of Latino studies, "past, present and future". Registration information is available online. Among the presenters are Latino/Chicano studies scholars Silvio Torres Saillant, Syracuse, and Alicia Gaspar de Alba, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); historians María Cristina García, Cornell University, and Mario García, UC Santa Barbara; theologians Davíd Carrasco, Harvard Divinity School, and Roberto Goizueta, Boston College; sociologists Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Princeton University, and Ramona Hernandez, City University of New York, and anthropologists José Limón, University of Texas at Austin, and Arlene Dávila, New York University.

"Letras Latinas", a literary presentation, is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. 17 September in Rooms 210-214 of McKenna Hall. Titled "Sharing our Stories, Sharing our Poems", it features Orlando Ricardo Menes, poet, and Alicia Gaspar de Alba, poet, novelist and activist. The Re-Opening Ceremony for the Institute for Latino Studies' library begins at 3 p.m. 18 September in McKenna Hall Library.

Perla Batalla, a Latina vocalist, composer, and arranger from Los Angeles, performs at 8 p.m. 18 September in Leighton Concert Hall on the Notre Dame campus as part of the "Visiting Artist Series". Tickets are $32.


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