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Music, Films and More to Highlight DCC's Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

September 10, 2019 – Dutchess Community College will mark Hispanic Heritage Month at its Poughkeepsie campus with events including an art workshop, documentary films and music performances, all scheduled from Sept. 19 – Oct. 31. All are free community events.

A workshop led by teaching artist Aurelio del Muro is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in room 101 of Dutchess Hall. He will bring to life watercolor self-portraits inspired by the great muralist Juan O’Gorman, whose work reflects Mexican culture and identity.

On Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m., the documentary “Hurricane Maria, a Prelude to a Political Collapse,” will be shown in Dutchess Hall room 101. The film was created by DCC documentary film students and features interviews with residents of Puerto Rico and examines the impact of the hurricane on the social and political fate of the island.

A Day of the Dead performance by traditional son jarocho musical group Son Pecadores will close the Hispanic Heritage Month festivities on Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. in Bowne Hall room 122.

A full listing of Hispanic Heritage Month events follows. For more information, contact Dr. Camille Sola at (845) 431-8369 or camille.sola@sunydutchess.edu.

 

Art Workshop: Juan O’Gorman’s Mural Work and the Self Portrait
Thursday, Sept. 19, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Dutchess Hall, room 101
Teaching artist Aurelio del Muro will bring to life watercolor self-portraits inspired by the great muralist Juan O’Gorman, whose work reflects Mexican culture and identity. The workshop is an invitation to ask questions including: What am I about?  What is a self-portrait?  If I had to make one, what would I include? Participants will leave the art workshop with a self-portrait.

 

Lyceum: Ensamble Marinera: Sones y Canciones para Reverdecer (The Sounds and Songs of a Reawakening)
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Bowne Hall, room 122
Join musical group Ensamble Marinera for new interpretations and arrangements of traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico.

 

Documentary Viewing and Discussion: “The Place Where We Call Home”
Thursday, Sept. 26, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Dutchess Hall, room 101
Produced by Learning in Progress, a documentary class at DCC, the film explores the adversity DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients face on a daily basis and serves as a platform to raise awareness. The film examines the change in circumstance of undocumented “dreamers” in America, their vulnerability and state of mind, and captures the unity of the community through the power of their stories. 

 

Exhibit Presentation: Images of Peru: A Photo Exhibition
Thursday, Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m.
Bowne Hall, room 115
Professor Ornella Lepri Mazzuca will be joined by DCC staff member Manuel Sairitupa for a discussion of Mazzuca’s photo exhibit on display in the Ritz Library that highlights the natural wonders of the Peruvian territory, the great monuments of its pre-Columbian past, and ancestral customs of the various civilizations that shaped the country. The photos will be on display through October.

 

Documentary Viewing and Discussion: “Hurricane Maria, a Prelude to a Political Collapse”
Thursday, Oct. 10, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Dutchess Hall, room 101
Hurricane Maria triggered a series of events culminating in a set of actions taken by the people of Puerto Rico to determine their future. In 2017, Learning in Progress, a documentary class at DCC, conducted a series of interviews in Puerto Rico to examine the impact of the hurricane on the social and political fate of the island. The documentary is a result of four intense days in Puerto Rico and serves as a preamble to the failures of the political system. 

 

Panel: The Mexican-American War
Oct. 18, 12-1 p.m.
Dutchess Hall, room 101
Why do so many names of Western states and cities in the U.S. derive from the Spanish language? Join Camilo Rojas, professor of communications and media arts, and Dr. Laura Murphy, professor of history, for a discussion of the Mexican-American War and how the conquest of the American West has impacted Mexican-American relations today. 

 

Performance: Day of the Dead Son Jarocho Concert
Thursday, Oct. 31, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Bowne Hall, room 122
The Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will close with a performance by the traditional son jarocho musical group Son Pecadores.

 

The DCC Communications Society will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by showing films by Oscar-winning writer/director Alfonso Cuarón each Monday through Oct. 7. Screenings will be held in the James and Betty Hall Theatre beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 9: “Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too)”

Sept. 16: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

Sept. 23: “Children of Men”

Sept. 30: “Gravity”

Oct. 7: “Roma”

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