September 9, 2013 – Dutchess Community College will mark Hispanic Heritage Month with events including a performance by a mambo band, lectures and a family festival, all scheduled from Sept. 14 – Oct. 8. All events are free and open to the public.
The festivities will kick off on Sept. 14 with a Family Festival show called “The Day it Snowed Tortillas” by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. The folktale tells the story of a poor couple and their attempt to outwit a gang of bullies. The show will begin at 11 a.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre.
A lecture, called “An Ethnographic Glance at U.S. Santeria: Sexual Minorities, Latina/o Communities and Spirituality/Religiosity,” will be held on Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Bowne Hall, Room 122. Dr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, an associate professor and graduate program director at American University will talk about the Santeria religion, its followers and how the practice migrated to the U.S.
On Oct. 3 a Lyceum program called “¡Sofrito!”will feature David Gonzalez with Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band. The group will combine storytelling with classic mambo and funky new music. It will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre.
Six events have been scheduled in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month; a full listing follows. All will take place on the main DCC campus in Poughkeepsie. For more information about the Hispanic Heritage Month events, contact Dr. Craig Stokes at (845) 431-8446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Festival: “The Day it Snowed Tortillas”
The folktale tells the story of a poor couple and their attempt to outwit a gang of bullies.
Sept. 15, 11 a.m., James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall
Cooking Demonstration: “Chef Ef and the Hispanic Kitchen”
Experience the flavors and history of Hispanic cuisine, presented by the well-known Efrain "Chef Ef" Martinez of PBS. Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice) is one of the most popular dishes in any Hispanic kitchen.
Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m., Washington Quad (Between Washington and Drumlin halls)
Lecture: “An Ethnographic Glance at U.S. Santeria: Sexual Minorities, Latina/o Communities and Spirituality/Religiosity”
Dr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, an associate professor and graduate program director at American University will talk about the Santeria religion, its followers and how the practice migrated into the U.S.
Sept. 19, 12:30 p.m., Bowne Hall, Room 122
David Gonzalez with Larry Harlow and The Latin Legends Band will entertain with a rousing combination of storytelling, classic mambo and funky new music that delightfully brings the stories and music from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Bronx to the stage.
Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m., James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall
Music Performance: DCC Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Christopher Brellochs, music program chair, will lead the group through almost an hour of music.
Oct. 4, 12 p.m., Ritz Lounge, Dutchess Hall
Lecture: “Repeating Islands: Social Media, Blogs and Building Community in a Trans-Hispanic World”
Ivette Romero, coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Marist College, will talk about her experience creating and maintaining an academic blog called Repeating Islands, which began by promoting Caribbean literatures and cultures for a pan-Caribbean project.
Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m., Hudson Hall, Room 404