Campus News

Hispanic Heritage Month begins

The university will kick off its observance of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 14 with an open house fiesta from 2–5 p.m. at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (290 Hull St.). Featuring live music and regional food, the open house is co-sponsored by LACSI and the Romance Language Department’s Portuguese Language Program.

Other community events include a weeklong fundraiser outside the Tate Student Center to collect donations for the victims of the recent Peruvian earthquake, a theatrical performance by La Compañia of The Line in the Sand: Stories from the U.S./Mexico Border Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Ciné ArtHouse Theater (234 W. Hancock Ave.), a showing of the Streams of Gold documentary about an Andean mining town at the Athens Regional Library (2025 Baxter St.) on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. and a Fiestas de las Americas celebration on Sept. 17 at Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela (Pinewood Estates North on U.S. Route 29) featuring games, music and refreshments for children.

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, encompasses the anniversaries of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Chile. A complete listing of Hispanic Heritage Month activities can be found online (