Embrace Culture, Celebrate Diversity

September 26, 2018

La familia MBU celebrates the enduring contributions and culture of Latinx Americans during Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, with a wide range of events September 15 to October 15.

Hope/Esperanza and the Deep Sea

7 p.m., Wednesday, October 10
Francis Auditorium

Join Claudia Bernardi, artist-in-residence at the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, for a timely and engaging discussion about role of art and activism, as we pursue social justice and human rights in Latin America and the United States, including reflections from the 2018 May Term course Permeable Borders. Free and open to the public. 

Katerin Collazo ’19 meets activist and Medal of Freedom awardee Dolores Huerta.

Meeting Dolores

Professor Brenci Patino, MBU students Guadalupe Reyes ’20, Katerin Collazo ’19, and Jennifer Coffey ’20 and alumna and Spanish teacher Elizabeth Oliva  ’16, recently met Dolores Huerta, acclaimed labor rights activist and co-founder of the United Farmworkers Association (UFW) with Cesar Chavez.

As chief negotiator for UFW, Huerta achieved many victories for workers including access to clean drinking water and bathrooms during the workday and successfully negotiating contracts for farm workers in the southwest. She won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

At age 88, she continues her activist work through the Dolores Huerta Foundation, advocating for women, workers, and the LGBTQ community. The group from MBU attended a screening of the PBS documentary Dolores and a Q&A session with Huerta in Winchester, VA.

“Dolores Huerta has inspired me immensely in my own thesis research about Mexican immigrants and how they are classified and treated in their status of ‘immigrant’ and what it means to be a ‘citizen’ in the United States.”
History Major Katerin Collazo ’19

Zenen Zeferino (l) and Lua (r) brought their contemporary take on traditional Mexican musical expression to MBU.

Son Jarocho: Music and Culture from Veracruz, Mexico

Lua combines their distinctive Mexilachian music with the son jarocho stylings of Zenen Zeferino to create vivid, contemporary versions of traditional Mexican musical expression. The artists recently came to the Spencer Center for a special performance and presentation. If you missed seeing them on campus, check out some of their videos.

More Latinx Events!

There’s lots more going on in October: a workshop about using your voice to promote civic action, a lecture on border security and media cultures, and a Dia de Los Muertos fashion show and remembrance ceremony. Check them out!