UW-La Crosse and the wider La Crosse community will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. From an evening of classic Latin American music to an exploration of the Hispanic world at the Children’s Museum of La Crosse, the month provides something for everyone.
 
All events are free and open to the public.
 
Event schedule
 
La Crosse Area Hispanic Heritage Month Community Reception
6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, room 123, Brophy Center, Viterbo University
 
An evening of presentations by community organizations, sponsors and UWL and Viterbo University faculty and students. Preview of collaboration projects, conferences and workshops for the development of the Hispanic and Latinx communities in the La Crosse region. Hosted by Viterbo University Latin American Studies Program. Please RSVP with your organization and name by sending an email to Dr. Omar Granados at ogranados@uwlax.edu
 
“Exploring the Américas through Children’s and Young Adult Books”
5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, room 150, Murphy Library, UWL 
 
A talk by Julie Kline, associate director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), UW-Milwaukee. Kline worked with the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) to initiate the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and served as award coordinator between 1993 and 2011.
 
“The History of the Cuban Refugee Community of La Crosse”
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, La Crosse Public Library (auditorium)
 
A panel discussion with UWL and Viterbo scholars, La Crosse Public Library Archivists and Cuban refugees on the history and social implications of the 1980 Cuban exodus to the La Crosse area and the Fort McCoy Refugee Camp program. The panel is part of the program for La Crosse Public Library’s Archives Month and accompanies the photo and artifact exhibit “The Lost Voices of Mariel: The Cuban Refugee Program at Fort McCoy,” curated by the Department of Global Cultures and Languages and on display at the La Crosse Public library through October 2019.
 
In Concert: Duo Aldebaran
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, UWL 
 
An evening with the classics of Latin American Music. Duo Aldebaran is a Mexican-American collaboration between flutist Krista Jobson (USA) and guitarist Héctor Javier Rodriguez (Mexico). Krista Jobson is associate professor of Flute at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. She serves as co-principal Flute of the Valley Symphony Orchestra (McAllen, TX), and as principal flute of The Trade Winds Recording Ensemble for Carl Fischer Music (Tampa, FL). Héctor Javier Rodriguez is director of the Guitar Ensemble and lecturer of Applied Guitar at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. He is a prize winner in the University of Texas-Pan American Guitar Competition, Leo Brouwer Prize winner at Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico and recipient of the Ocelotl Award by Universidad Autonóma de Coahuila, for Best Artistic Project.
 
Una exploración del mundo hispano/An Exploration of the Hispanic World
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Children’s Museum of La Crosse
 

Join the UWL Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi in this interactive exploration of the different cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Authentic games, prizes and fun bilingual activities designed for young children and their parents to learn more about what we celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month at UWL is organized by the Institute for Latin American and Latino Studies (ILLAS), and the Department of Global Cultures and Languages. Events are made possible with the support from the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. For more information, contact Omar Granados, associate professor of Global Cultures and Languages,  at ogranados@uwlax.edu  or 608.785.5243.

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