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Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square

Opening Event

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ARTE DE La Borinqueña 

will be on view in the Plaza Art Gallery located in the Tower Building, Plaza Level

September 22, 2022 - December 22, 2022

La Borinqueña is an original character and patriotic icon that debuted in 2016 in an independently published graphic novel series created and written by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.  Her superpowers are drawn from the history and mysticism of the archipelago Boriken (Puerto Rico) and the Tainos, its indigenous people. 

Edgardo has curated his personal collection of artworks from his La Borinqueña series to give visitors a glimpse into the world he created that equally balances the graphic novel genre with activism and advocacy. 

The exhibit at the Gallery is an inter disciplinary collaboration co-sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, the Human Rights Committee and the Faculty Student Association. 



Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15–October 15

 Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States as well their native traditions and culture.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

For more information and events, please visit the National Hispanic Heritage Website at


National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2019


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Superando las Adversidades y Avanzando con Fuerza

Overcoming Adversities and Moving forward Strongly


Thursday, September 22nd -December 22, 2022

Opening Reception and conversation with Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (curator) : September 22nd

ARTE DE LA BORINQUEÑA at the Plaza Art Gallery Art Exhibit in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month* 

Time: 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at the Plaza Art Gallery 

Place: Tower Building – Plaza level 

 * This event is an inter disciplinary collaboration co-sponsored by the Plaza Art Gallery, the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, the Human Rights Committee and the FSA. 



Tuesday, October 11th  

Hands-on Art Workshop and Lecture: The Creative AFROQUEER Workshop 

Time: 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. (Club Hour)  

Place: G-170 (Art Studio) 

In this hands-on Arts workshop, participants will construct a big Lienzo/canvas out of recycled paper bags and food wrappers and then, collectively, under the guidance of Professor Garcia, paint a totem figure to represent the diverse cultural/ethnic roots of Latin American folks. Afterwards, this image will be posted in social media and, thus, transcend colonial border constrictions and limitations that artificially segregate all American people from Argentina to Canada. 

Dr. Wilton Garcia is an internationally acclaimed visual artist, Scholar, and a Professor of Communications and Multimedia at Fatec-Itaquaquecetuba, in São Paulo—Brazil. 

* This event is co-sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee and the Art Dept. 


Tuesday, October 18th  

Lecture: Bottles across the Atlantic: Interamerican female writings across time and space 

Time: 10:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m.

Place: To Be Announced....

 Dr. Valeria Rosito is currently a Visiting Literature Professor at Georgetown University. Her area of expertise is diasporic Black women writer from the Americas, Postcolonialism and Film Studies. In this talk, Dr. Rosito will present her current research project findings on the epistolary dialogs among Afro-Latina female writers in the Americas and in exile, across the Atlantic in the 1960’s.  


Thursday, October 20th  

Lecture: “Detain and Deport: The Chaotic US Immigration Enforcement Regime and Its Consequences in Latin America” 

Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:15 p.m.

Place: To be Announced...

Dr. Nancy Hiemstra is an Associate Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, at SUNY Stonybrook. She is a political geographer whose research focuses on U.S. immigration enforcement policies. In particular, she studies U.S. detention and deportation, detention facilities, and the consequences of U.S immigration enforcement policies in Latin America. Her 2019 book, Detain and Deport: The Chaotic U.S. Immigration Enforcement Regime, details the history, operation, and effectiveness of the U.S. detention and deportation system, and its consequences in Ecuador.  


Thursday, October 20th  

Lecture: Finding Your Voice: Storytelling, the Media and the Multiplicity of Latinx/Hispanos Cultural Identities 

Time: 2:30 p.m. -3:45 p.m.

Place: To be Announced...

Throughout time and across many cultures, stories have played a role in teaching important life-lessons and values. This session highlights using media and storytelling to inspire students to engage, share and learn languages. Bernadine will discuss her journey in creating an animated film that retells some ancient oral stories, and Laura will discuss how this media is being used to inspire high school students to participate in their own creative storytelling journey, finding their voice as they reconnect with a heritage language. 

Laura DuMond Kerr has 30 years of experience in bilingual education. She worked in East Los Angeles for 19 years and currently is a high school teacher in the Spanish Heritage Program in Taos, New Mexico.  She is a National Board-Certified teacher in Literacy. 

Bernadine Santistevan is an internationally award-winning filmmaker and the creator of the Wolf Dog Workshop—media and storytelling-inspired multicultural educational curriculum. She is currently working with Laura to develop a Spanish heritage language educational unit.