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Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Metropolitan Community College
Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15, 2021
Participation for all programs is free and open to the public.
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information.

​LECTURE: Mexico: Facts, Myths & Sustainability

cynthia arochi-zendejas, sustainability and social business innovation mentor, mexico and latin america programs director, evolve abroad

Arochi-Zendejas introduces the audience to Mexico with facts and myths. Her presentation then explores sustainability, highlighting coastal development and how it interconnects with social and economic development and coral reef deterioration.
Date: Wednesday, September 15
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
Location: Connect to Mexico: Facts, Myths & Sustainability via Zoom  

VIRTUAL LIVE LECTURE: THE PERFECT LATINO

JAVIER AVILA, PROFESSOR, HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES, NORTHHAMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 2015 PENNSYLVANIA PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR AWARD, 2016 HISPANIC LEADER OF THE YEAR, 2021 WILLIAM AGUILAR CULTURAL AWARD

With Ávila’s unique blend of comedy and poetry, The Perfect Latino offers a close examination of the American Latino experience. People of all ages and from all walks of life enjoy the stories interspersed with Ávila’s original poetry. Powerful, moving, and profoundly educational, The Perfect Latino transcends boundaries of color, ethnicity, and geography. 
Funding for this program was provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
DATE: Monday, September 20
TIME: 6:30-7:45 P.M. CDT
LOCATION: Connect to The Perfect Latino via ZOOM

ONCE I WAS YOU: A MEMOIR OF LOVE & HATE IN TORN AMERICA

A CONVERSATION WITH MARIA HINOJOSA, PRESIDENT, THE FUTURO MEDIA GROUP

Join Maria to learn about her new book, Once I was You: A Memoir of Love & Hate in a Torn America and engage in a lengthy Q&A session to ask questions about her life, accomplishments and challenges in a Torn America. The first 75 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book.
 
About Maria Hinojosa:
As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. To that end, in 2010, she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.
She is the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by PRX, as well as Co-Host of In The Thick, Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. She is also a contributor to the long-running, award-winning news program CBS Sunday Morning and a frequent guest on MSNBC.
DATE: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
TIME: 12:30-1:30 p.m. CDT
LOCATION: Connect to Once I Was You via Zoom

Film & Discussion: LANDFALL

Discussion led by: Lale Namerrow Pastor, Associate Producer

While the devastation of María attracted a great deal of media coverage, the world has paid far less attention to the storm that preceded it: a 72-billion-dollar debt crisis crippling Puerto Rico well before the winds and waters hit. LANDFALL examines the kinship of these two storms—one environmental, the other economic—juxtaposing competing utopian visions of recovery.
DATE: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
TIME: 6:15-8:15 p.m. CDT
LOCATION: Connect to Landfall via Zoom


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Lecture: Crisis in Venezuela

Valentina Oropeza, Journalist, M.A., International Relations, Barcelona Institute for International Studies

Oropeza, a Venezuelan journalist who founded the investigation units of the Venezuelan websites Prodavinci and Contrapunto, presents a brief history of the political changes in Venezuela  and explores the current roots of the failing state. Oropeza has written for newspapers in Germany, Venezuela, Mexico and Ecuador and was a correspondent for Agence France-Presse in Caracas.
Valentina was also a grantee at the Pulitzer Center and a fellow at the World Press Institute at Saint Paul University. She studied journalism at the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, received a master’s degree in International Relations at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies, and received a diploma in journalism and development at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi.
DATE: Thursday, October 7, 2021
TIME: 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
LOCATION: Connect to Crisis in Venezuela via Zoom 


Additional International/Intercultural Education virtual programming can be found on YouTube.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez, bvelazquez@mccneb.edu, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.