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FAU Observes Hispanic Heritage Month


BOCA RATON, FL (September 11, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University will host its celebration of Hispanic Month with a series of events taking place at its Boca Raton and Davie campuses. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States, and celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture.  

Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by FAU’s Division of Student Affairs and co-sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Broward Owl Productions, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, South Florida Storytelling Project, the University Diversity Committee, the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Certificate Program, Student Government BSUMP and the Student Government Program Board.


The Hispanic Heritage Month schedule of events for FAU’s Boca Raton campus is as follows:


Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, September 16

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Traditions Plaza, Breezeway


The opening ceremony is a celebration of achievements of Hispanic/Latino-American contributions to the United States.

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“The Truth about the Migrant Community” with Enrique Morones

Thursday, September 17

7 to 9 p.m.

Lifelong Learning Center


Enrique Morones, president and founder of Border Angels, will speak about “The Truth about the Migrant Community” and will discuss whether or not illegal immigrants should get help from the United States once they cross the border. Border Angels is an all-volunteer group which places food, water and other provisions in the desert on the border areas to help save migrants’ lives. Morones is recognized as one of the 100 most-influential Latinos in the U.S. by “Hispanic Business Magazine.”

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Storyteller with Leeny Del Seamonds

Thursday, September 24

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Traditions Plaza, Breezeway


Leeny Del Seamonds, an award-winning internationally-acclaimed performer of Latino stories, invites audiences to share in her Cuban-American sense of humor and love of performing during this “Storytelling” session.

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Java Jive at the Owl House Coffeehouse featuring Liset Alea

Tuesday, September 29

Noon and 9 p.m.

Majestic Palm Room, FAU Student Union


Liset Alsea, a jazz singer from La Habana, Cuba, will perform numerous jazz hits including those from her first solo album, “No Sleep,” which earned her a top-20 single on the charts in Holland. 

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“The Essence of Our Presence … Reflejos de Mi Sangre” – Latino Heritage Museum

Wednesday, October 7

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Grand Palm Room, Student Union


This traveling exhibit from Latino Heritage Museum consists of more than 100 artifacts, rare photos, biographies, memorabilia and video commentaries documenting the contributions of Latinos in the fields of science, aerospace, communications, medicine, agriculture, transportation and engineering. This exhibit also pays tribute to Latino pioneers in politics, education, entertainment, sports, media, cinema and literature.

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Ritmo Latino – Latin Rhythm Dance

Thursday, October 15

7 to 11 p.m.

Live Oak Pavilion, Student Union


Enjoy the live sounds of the Orquesta Nueva Impresion band through salsa, meringue and other Latin forms of dance.

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Exclusive Viewing: CNN’s Special, Latino in America Part I

Wednesday, October 21

7:30 p.m.

Center Marketplace, Student Union


CNN’s special “Latino in America, Part I” will be shown on all televisions in the Center Marketplace. The series will focus on themes common to Latinos from various countries with different histories, and of different races, political and religious backgrounds — and on what they say links them as “Latinos.”

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Exclusive Viewing: CNN’s Special, Latino in America Part II

Thursday, October 22

7:30 p.m.

Center Marketplace, Student Union


CNN’s special “Latino in America, Part II” will be shown on all televisions in the Center Marketplace. The series will focus on themes common to Latinos from various countries with different histories, and of different races, political and religious backgrounds — and on what they say links them as “Latinos.”

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The Hispanic Heritage Month schedule of events for FAU’s Davie campus is as follows:


Storyteller with Leeny Del Seamonds

Thursday, September 24

4:30 p.m.

SD 105, Davie campus


Leeny Del Seamonds, an award-winning internationally-acclaimed performer of Latino stories, invites audiences to share in her Cuban-American sense of humor and love of performing during this “Storytelling” session.

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Andres Lara, the Cuban Guy

Monday, October 5

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

SD 105, Davie campus


At the age of 16, Andres Lara escaped from Cuba. He arrived in the United States without knowing any English, without his parents, without any money, and also was homeless for a period of time. How was he able to turn his life around? How did he go from living his worst nightmare (living on the streets) to living his dream? What inspired him? What had him succeed in spite of all his challenges? That is what he will reveal in his session.

-FAU-

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