Miami Dade College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Colorful Array of Cultural Activities
Miami, October 2, 2013 -
Miami Dade College(MDC) will honor the colorful diversity of the Hispanic culture as it celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 during the entire month of October, with film screenings, exhibits, live performances, thought-provoking lectures, panel discussions and readings and so much more, across the College’s seven campuses and two centers. Most events are free and open to the public, but some may require advance registration.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Sway to the sounds of the rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean and learn to dance with Colombian and Cuban performers.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, Noon – 1 p.m.
Importance of Hispanics in Higher Education
MDC Provost Dr. Rolando Montoya will lead a seminar on the history of Hispanics and their contribution to higher education.
Una Noche Mexicana
Friday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate Homestead’s Mexican-American culture with a night of music, dance, and cuisine.
Closing Event: Hispanic Health Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 30, Noon – 2 p.m.
Numerous speakers and community partners will educate students on health risks facing Hispanics. Fitness trainers, nutritionists, and holistic health experts will also be on hand.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Friday, Oct. 25
5 – 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Students will interpret literature and poetry by painting representations of some of the most important Hispanic writers’ works such as Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Federico Garcia Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre, among others.
InterAmerican Art, Room 3113
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Fair
A dynamic event showcasing the many countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean with food, music, and vendors.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Savor the rhythms and aroma of the Hispanic culture with live performances of salsa and flamenco, and authentic, Spanish paella.
Shark Tank, Building 2
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 27
8 p.m., Oct. 17-19, 24-26
2 p.m., Oct. 20 & 27
Diaz y Flores
A darkly-comic, two-act play about tensions and flirtations among succeeding generations of urban immigrants written by playwright Oliver Mayer.
M113 Studio Theatre
Monday, Oct. 14, Noon – 1 p.m.
Test your skills of dominos and engage in a friendly competition against other players. Battle it out to earn bragging rights as the champion of the ever-popular and forever-favorite pastime of Hispanics all over the world.
Monday, Oct. 21, Noon – 1 p.m.
Be part of the Muevete! (MOVE) Miami movement and empower yourself by learning the importance of exercise, how to read food labels and choose healthy snacks, and the lifestyle changes you need to improve self-esteem and body image.
North Campus/Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6 – 8 p.m.
Hispanic Film Festival: Buena Vista Social Club
Aging Cuban musicians, whose talent was virtually forgotten following Castro’s takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder. Cooder travelled to Havana to unite the musicians, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and a resurrection of the musicians’ careers.
Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, Room 1103
Friday, Oct. 18, 11 – 11:50 a.m.
Don Juan Ponce de Leon: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
An interactive presentation chronicling the famous expeditions of Don Juan Ponce de Leon as a soldier, explorer, businessman, and conqueror. The myth of the search for the legendary Fountain of Youth will be highlighted as well.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9:50 – 11:05 a.m.
Pedro Pan: A Panel Discussion
Former Pedro Pan children will share personal experiences of the exodus that began in 1960 from Cuba to the U.S. Listen to their first-hand accounts and learn from this interactive presentation and discussion, followed by a Q&A.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Struggles of Undocumented Students
A panel of students discusses the plight of undocumented students and the myriad of issues they face as they seek equality in educational opportunities.
Ongoing Throughout October
Mondays – Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Get acquainted with the works of noteworthy Hispanic authors through an exhibition featuring writing, artwork, and collectibles that reflect the diversity of Latino culture.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Hispanic Scientists of Our Modern Era
Learn about prominent Hispanic scientists and their contributions to modern society in this event sponsored by the Dept. of Natural Sciences, Health & Wellness; the Dept. of Mathematics; and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math First-Year Experience (STEM-FYE).
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Are you Hispanic or Latino?
Watch a performance of the play, Dos Corazones, and decide for yourself. A faculty discussion will follow.
Teatro Prometeo, Room 1101
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Myths and Facts about Immigration
Is America still a melting pot? Familiarize yourself with current trends and issues in U.S. immigration policy and Hispanic immigration trends.
Auditorium, Room 1261
For a complete schedule of MDC’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities, please visit http://bluetoad.com/publication/?i=177233.
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, firstname.lastname@example.org, MDC communications director
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