Hispanic Heritage Month 2008                                                                   
All events are free and open to the public and located on the Allendale Campus.

Kick Off Event:
Latino Voices. Latino Votes.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
4:00 - 6:00pm
Room 2250, Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center
Presenter: Maria Echaveste. A lecturer in Residence at Boalt Hall at the University of  
California, Berkeley, previous Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, and an advisor of Hillary Clinton campaign.    
The booming Hispanic population in political swing states is creating opportunities and concerns in both political parties as they try to court the Latino vote. In this presidential year, Latinos want to voice their opinion on relevant issues for them: Immigration, Education and Health, among others. Latino voices and votes will impact the crucial decision in this coming November election.
Hispanic Art Experience
Thursday, September 18, 2008
11:00 am - 12:30 pm.
Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof  Center
Presenters: Hugo Claudin, Oswaldo Garcés, Carmelo López, Roli Mancera and Pedro Gutierrez
Local Hispanic artists will discuss how living in the United States has influenced their artwork. Join us as the panelists share the dreams, inspirations and creative methods behind their artwork.

A Musical Journey through Latin America
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
12:00 – 2:00 pm.
Auditorium, Cook- DeWitt Center
Presenter: Carlos de la Barrera, Guitarist.
Carlos de la Barrera, an Argentinean guitarist, will take us on a musical trip to Latin America—a region with a rich musical history that blends European and African influences to make Hispanic music vibrant and colorful. A workshop will be held immediately following the concert.
Latin America through the Lenses of a U.S. Photographer
Monday, September 29, 2008
3:00 - 4:30pm
Room 2204, Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof Center
Presenter: B. Randall Gornowich, photographer
Professional local photographer Randall Gornowich had a one way ticket to Mexico that took him to the southeast corner of the American continent. His photo essays are as diverse as his adventures which include documenting the university protests in Oaxaca, Mexico and the Blancos y Negros festival in Pasto, Colombia. Find out what he discovered about our neighbors to the south and enjoy the journey through his insightful photography and stories.
Contrasting Perspectives on the Presidency of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela
Thursday, October 2, 2008
2:30 – 4:00pm
Room 2250, Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center.
Presenters: Gustavo Rotondaro, Johnson Center of Philanthropy, and Rafael Gamboa.
Gustavo Rotondaro and Rafael Gamboa, two local Venezuelans, will present different perspectives of the presidency of Hugo Chavez. As the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez promotes a political doctrine of democratic socialism and Latin American integration. His policies have evoked controversy in Venezuela and abroad, receiving both vehement criticism and enthusiastic support.
Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, and Identity
Monday, October 6, 2008
Noon - 1:30 pm
Room 2215/2216,  Kirkhof Center
Presenter: Professor Laura Arcila, Department of Philosophy at GVSU.
Latin American philosopher Jorge J.E. Gracia has given considerable thought to the question of identity in diverse societies, particularly in reference to Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Professor Laura Arcila Villa will discuss his analysis of the concepts of race, ethnicity, and nationality and how they help to shape our identities.
U.S Foreign Policy Toward Colombia
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
2:30 – 4:00pm
Room 2250, Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center
Presenters: John Dugas, Associate Professor of Political Science, Kalamazoo College and Polly Diven, Associate Professor of Political Science, GVSU.
Colombia is currently a besieged democracy facing a host of complex problems: two well-established leftist guerrilla movements, vicious right-wing paramilitary groups, abusive state security forces, a deeply entrenched drug trade, and a host of politicians under arrest on charges of corruption.   Colombia has received over $4 billion in military aid from the United States since 2000, originally targeted toward ending the drug trade, but since 2002 aimed at counterinsurgency efforts as well. Dr. John C. Dugas, an expert on Colombian politics, will discuss the complexities of the Colombian political scene and the consequences (intended and unintended) of U.S. foreign policy toward this vital Latin American country.
Latino Student Union  Annual Dinner and Dance
Saturday, October 18
6:00 -12:00am
Room 2250, Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus
Latino Student Union invites the entire GVSU campus and community for the Annual Dinner and Dance. The evening will feature Latin food and entertainment. After dining, join the group for an evening of dancing. No admission fee or cost to guests. Sponsored by Latino Student Union.

Art and Design Department, College of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College, International Relations Program, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures Department, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, Political Sciences Department and The Women’s Center. With the cooperation of Barbara Padnos International Center, Latino Student Union, Sigma Lambda Gamma.

Parking available in Lot K on the Allendale Campus. Metered Parking is also available for community guests.
For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs, (616) 331 2177.

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