Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

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Many Hispanic Heritage Month events will be livestreamed on DCC's website.

Gladys Aponte

“Latinxs”, Language, & Raciolinguistic Ideologies

Friday, Sept. 16 / 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. / livestreamed at www.sunydutchess.edu/live

How are language and racism interconnected? How are groups labeled as “Latinx” impacted by white supremacist language ideologies in and out of school settings? In this talk, Gladys Aponte, a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Grad Center, will share a bit about her work and research as a critical race scholar who aims to disrupt dominant oppressive views about Spanish-speaking groups. This includes hierarchies of Spanish varieties and the concept of “correct” or “proper” Spanish that is used to raciolinguistically marginalize African and Indigenous peoples descending from what is now called Latin America. Gladys will talk about the importance of taking a raciolinguistic and translanguaging perspective and creating more culturally & linguistically-sustaining academic spaces. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own linguistic experiences.

Aurelio Del Muro

A Workshop: Making Communal Art Inspired by the Work of Puerto Rican Poet Julia de Burgos.

Thursday, Sept. 22 / 12:30-1:45 pm / Dutchess Hall 101 / also livestreamed at www.sunydutchess.edu/live

One major source of inspiration for artist Aurelio Del Muro has been poetry. He recently created drawings and, together with a partner, painted a mural inspired by a poem by Puerto Rican Poet Julia de Burgos, “Rio Grande de Loiza.” In this workshop, participants will view images of the drawings and the mural and talk about how the poem inspired the artist. Participants will read lines from “Rio Grande de Loiza” aloud, and “visualize” images and make quick drawings directly on a long canvas. Participants will then paint. Materials for painting will be provided.

Daicy Diaz-Granado

Puerto Ricans in the Diaspora: In Search of Liberating Educational Experiences and a Home

Thursday, Sept. 29 / 7:00 -8:15 pm / livestreamed at www.sunydutchess.edu/live

Daicy Diaz-Granado is a doctoral candidate in urban education at the CUNY Grad Center. She will highlight some of her research, an oral history project that involves creating knowledge together with Puerto Rican research participants. Their stories bring to the surface the conditions under which Puerto Ricans students in the diaspora have had liberating educational experiences, which then make it possible to [re]imagine radical possibilities for improving educational outcomes and spaces of empowerment. The study focuses on the accounts of Puerto Rican activism and descriptions of how participants have been able to identify and embrace their multi-faceted, complex, and intersectional identities as they have made a home for themselves in the diaspora. 

Deborah Paredez

An Evening of Poetry and Conversation

Wednesday, Oct. 5 / 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. / livestreamed at www.sunydutchess.edu/live

Deborah Paredez is a poet, a scholar of ethnic studies, a public intellectual, and currently a professor at Columbia University. She has several published works, including an acclaimed study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009), and the poetry collections: This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002) and Year of the Dog (BOA 2020). She writes about a broad array of cultural topics, and her poetry and essays have been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, National Public Radio, Boston Review, The Georgia Review, Feminist Studies, and elsewhere. The evening promises to be moving and thought-provoking

Fernando Valencia

A Screening of Documentary Shorts

Thursday, Oct. 13 / 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. / Hudson Hall 404 / also livestreamed at www.sunydutchess.edu/live

Fernando Valencia, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, is a documentary filmmaker and a visual anthropologist based in New York City. For the last eleven years, he has participated in different productions mainly focused on social justice issues in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and the United States. These productions had been screened in film festivals, TV shows, digital platforms, universities and cinema clubs. In 2009 he was awarded an honorable mention in the student category of the José Rovirosa Award for the short documentary film Only one day. In 2014 he produced the documentary México Crossroads for Al Jazeera English, and in 2018 he was one of the awardees of the 18th National Short Film Project Contest given by the Mexican Film Institute to produce his most recent film Seeds, the Legacy of the Land, which will be the subject of viewing along with the short Fandango, co-directed with Javier Garcia.  

Sinuhe Padilla

Exploring the Roots of Afro-Amerindian Music

Friday, Oct. 21 / 12:00-12:50 pm / Hudson Hall 404 / also livestreamed at www.sunydutchess.edu/live

Musical artist, educator and luthier Sinuhe Padilla Isunza will provide a historical analysis of how musical elements from the various parts of west Africa and Andalucia of southern Spain have fused with the music of Native American populations, an evolution that is recognizable in today’s musical genres of Latin America.

Radio Jarocho

Traditional Mexican Music and Dance with Radio Jarocho

Tuesday, Oct. 25 / 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. / Washington Quad (rain location: Cafeteria) / also livestreamed at www.sunydutchess.edu/live

Join us for an afternoon of son jarocho—the traditional music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico—and learn why this 300-year-old genre is still very much in style. The band Radio Jarocho will teach a short dance class before the show.