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MDC Hosts Community Events for Hispanic Heritage Month


Miami, October 2, 2012 - As the national leader in enrolling the most Hispanic students, the month of October is particularly exciting for the students, faculty, staff and community at Miami Dade College (MDC). This month, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, MDC’s seven campuses will host a wide variety of events including lectures, exhibitions, live performances, food tastings, and more. Most of the events are free unless otherwise noted and are open to the public. Some events may require advanced registration.

Here are some highlights from this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month events:

Hialeah Campus

Wednesday, October 3 - Wednesday, October 10 - Noon – 2 p.m.

Photos from the U.S. National Archives

An exhibit of U.S. National Archives photos taken by U.S. government agencies of images showing various aspects of Hispanic Heritage.

Student Life Lounge Area

Wednesday, October 10 – 5:40 p.m.

The Hispanic Americans – A Film Presentation

Actors Jimmy Smits and Hector Elizondo discuss the cultural differences among Hispanics in the United States. The film shows that Hispanic ethnicity covers a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Room 1222

Homestead Campus

Wednesday, October 3 - Noon – 1 p.m.

Around the Hispanic World in 80 Plates

This opening ceremony will feature a medley of dance performances by The Miami All Stars from America’s Got Talent. Attendees will learn about different nationalities as they savor the foods of the Hispanic World.

Café Patio

Tuesday, October 16 - 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Aging in the Hispanic Community

Ms. Josefina G. Carbonell, Senior Vice President/Long Term Care & Nutrition, Independent Living Systems LLC, and former Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under former U.S. President George W. Bush, will discuss disease trends among Hispanics, cultural considerations and tips and strategies for caring for an aging loved one with a chronic illness or disease, and more.

Room F222

InterAmerican Campus

Thursday, October 4 - 11 – noon

“La Isla en Peso”

A celebration of the centennial of Cuban author Virgilio Piñera, including an art exhibition running through Oct. 25 by Mariana Altamirano and theatrical performance by Altamirano, Orlando Core Fernandez, Edgar Hernández, Izzy Martínez, and Leonardo Navarro. The performance will take place at 11:30 in Room 3103

Campus Gallery, Room 3113

Thursday, October 11 -11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Visions of Puerto Rico

Presentation by professors America Vázquez and Ana María Cepero.

Room 3103

Kendall Campus

Wednesday, October 3 – 10 a.m.

El Buen Vivir

Natural Science Professor Larry Frolich discusses the Andean indigenous concept of “El Buen Vivir.” His approach, within the framework of global North and global South, offers possibilities for re-envisioning our contemporary notions of “the good life.”

McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120, Building 6

Thursday, October 4 – Wednesday, October 17


An exhibition celebrating the works of Hispanic writers banned by the Tucson Unified School District.

Library, Building 2

Medical Campus

Tuesday, October 23 - 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wellness/Farmer Market

A wellness expo to showcase different physical activities and nutritional choices in order to engage in a healthier lifestyle.


Thursday, October 25 - Noon

Operation Pedro Pan

This presentation by Eloisa Echazabal will tell the story of the exodus of unaccompanied children from Cuba to the United States between 1960 and 1962.

Room 1175

North Campus

Thursday, October 11 - 9:50 – 11:05 a.m.

Hispanic Executive Forum

Successful executives who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in various businesses ranging from banking to international trade will share their business and professional experiences and career strategies, and discuss issues facing their industries in the current economic climate.

Room 2151

Wednesday, October 24 - Noon – 1 p.m.

Hispanic Fashion Show

MDC North Campus students will showcase a variety of fashions ranging from traditional to folkloric to contemporary as they pay tribute to their Hispanic culture.

Building 4 Breezeway

West Campus

Thursday, October 11 - 5:40 – 6:55 p.m.

The Detriment of Hispanics: How STD’s and HIV Have Impacted the Hispanic Community

A discussion about how STD’s, in particular Human Immunodeficiency Virus, have affected the Hispanic community.

Room 1101

Tuesday, October 23 - 5:40 – 6:55 p.m.

Hispanic Mediterranean Architecture in Florida

A presentation by Professor Henry Lares on the cultural and historical looks of Florida’s Mediterranean architecture in its most memorable forms.

Room 1101

Wolfson Campus

Friday, October 12 - 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

El Día de la Raza

A celebration of “El Día de la Raza,” commemorating the first encounter of Europeans and Native Americans. This historical overview of the cultural influence of Spain in the Dominican Republic includes live performances, arts and crafts, and a complimentary tasting of Dominican food. Now the Dominican Republic, Quisqueya, the western region of the island of Hispaniola, was one of the first European settlements in the New World. Quisqueya is also the land of Enriquillo, one of the first great heroes of the Americas, who rebelled against the Spaniards and signed a treaty granting the native population rights of freedom and property, among others.

Room 2106

Thursday, October 18 - 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 6 – 7:30 p.m.

The Cuban Missile Crisis and Its Impact on the Caribbean and South Florida: A 50-year Retrospective

Learn about how this incident that brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear warfare had a longterm impact on Cuba, Puerto Rico and other countries in the Caribbean, as well as on South Florida. Panelists will include Dr. Manuel Rodríguez, professor of history at the University of Puerto Rico; Dr. Michael Lenaghan, MDC professor of political science at North Campus, Dr. Paul George, MDC professor of history at Wolfson Campus, and Mr. Ramiro Inguanzo, MDC adjunct professor of political science at Wolfson Campus.

Room 7128

For more information about MDC’s 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Events, please contact the respective campuses hosting the events or visit

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