National Hispanic Heritage Month

Author: Luis R. Fraga

The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) is very proud to lead the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month at the University of Notre Dame.  We have organized a series of lectures, presentations, movies, and cultural events to demonstrate how the entire Notre Dame community is enriched by the work ethic, aspirations, and commitment of Latino students, faculty, and staff who are directly affiliated with Our Lady’s University.  The events organized by ILS during Hispanic Heritage Month 2019 can be found on our website

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Book Release: Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño and Panel Discussion


Location: Salon A, Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

Aec Queretaro

Book Release: Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño & Panel Discussion with Alex E. Chávez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame; Charles Briggs, Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; and George Lipsitz, Professor in the Department of Black Studies and Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara.…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Poetry Event: Farid Matuk


Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

Farid Matuk Processed

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative of the Institute for Latino Studies and the Creative Writing Program presents a poetry event with Farid Matuk, Associate Professor, Department of English, The University of Arizona.  

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture: A Conversation with Luís Alberto Urrea


Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

Urrea Luis

Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and award-winning writer, a master storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis grew up in San Diego. Like so many great writers, Luis got his start in literature writing poems to impress girls in junior high. His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being especially musically gifted Luis chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models. “What I really wanted to be was Jim Morrison,” he has said “however, if I weren’t a writer, I’d be dead.”…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Short Film and Guest Speaker: Dr. Steve Larson of Puentes de Salud, clinic featured in Clínica de Migrantes


Location: Lower Level McKenna Hall

Steve Larson

Interested in serving Latino communities as a health care provider?  This event is for you!

Clínica de Migrantes paints a compassionate portrait of patients at Puentes de Salud, many of whom left their families behind to perform physically exhausting labor in America for meager wages, and follows the tireless staffers who treat around 10,000 patients each year with limited space and little funding. As Puentes plans a larger facility to accommodate rapidly increasing demand, executive director Dr. Steve Larson and his team must find a way to keep their practice running despite obstacles at every turn.…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Play: Bi- presented by theatre group Teatro Milagro


Location: Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Bi Teatro Milagro

Inspired by the book Flatland, by Edwin Abbott and set in the year 2073 in Tierra Plana, a new nation of squares, walls, and all sorts of boxes, Bi– will break open the boxes of selective classification and raise the question: “What is your ‘bi-dentity?”


Bi– is a story of “What if” of an unknown place and time, in which geometric beings created their own societal classism.  New York based playwright and director Georgina Escobar says; “This piece uses mathematical and geometrical metaphor as well as inspiration from interviews from people in the community to tug at the heartstring that often makes us feel a little too much like ‘the other’ we don’t belong.” In the tale of Bi–

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