College of DuPage will host a series of events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Wednesday, Sept. 6, to Thursday, Oct. 12, on the college's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. All events are free.
Sponsored by the college's Latino Outreach Center, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Student Life, the celebration will include a variety of activities and events featuring Hispanic art, music and culture.
• Pizza and Papel Picado: Enjoy pizza while decorating papel picado from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 2D04.
• Hispanic Heritage Month Book Display: Browse a special book display on the second floor of the library featuring histories and sociological studies on the Hispanic experience starting Friday, Sept. 15, and continuing to Friday, Oct. 13, in the COD Library, second floor.
• "Tortilla Soup" screening with empanadas: Enjoy empanadas while viewing a free screening of the award-winning drama-comedy "Tortilla Soup" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000.
• Flamenco lecture and performance: Learn about the origins of flamenco dancing and see a live flamenco performance from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000.
• "Spanish in the U.S. -- Myths and Realities": Kimberly Potowski, professor of Hispanic linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, summarizes recent research on the Spanish language in the U.S., addressing issues such as the principal characteristics as it is spoken resulting from contact with English and between different Spanish dialects at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000.
• Tres Vidas Live Music Theater: The performance features a chamber music theater work for a singing actress and instrumental trio based on the lives of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran activist Rufina Amaya and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in McAninch Arts Center's Belushi Performance Hall.
• "Beyond Borders" film screening: This documentary examines policy decisions that triggered the rise of undocumented immigration into the U.S. and explores the relationship between Mexico and the U.S., as well as the lives of Mexicans living and raising families in the U.S., with showings from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Student Services Center, Room 1200 (Student Life Lounge).
• Salsa Dancing and Student Poster Display: Participants can take a salsa dancing lesson and then show off their new skills. In addition, student-made posters representing different Latino/Hispanic countries will be on display from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Student Services Center Atrium.
For information, contact the Latino Outreach Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 942-3039. Or stop by the Latino Outreach Center office in the Student Services Center, Room 2225P.