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Miami Dade College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Colorful Array of Cultural Activities

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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.

Activities include:

Hialeah Campus

Wednesday, Oct. 16, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Salsa Contest

Sway to the sounds of the rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean and learn to dance with Colombian and Cuban performers.

Room 1119/1120

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.

Room 1119/1120

Homestead Campus

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.

Room F-222

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.

Café Patio


InterAmerican Campus

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.

Flag Courtyard


Kendall Campus

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Olé Español!

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


Medical Campus

Monday, Oct. 14, Noon – 1 p.m.

Domino Tournament

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.

Muevete Miami

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.

Room 2151


West Campus

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.

Room 1102

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.

Room 1102


Wolfson Campus

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.

Library Exhibition

Get acquainted with the works of noteworthy Hispanic authors through an exhibition featuring writing, artwork, and collectibles that reflect the diversity of Latino culture.

Room 1216

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).

Room 2214

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

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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