UGA and the Athens community celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2010

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia students and faculty will be very involved in Hispanic Heritage Month activities, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will coordinate numerous events. The month of celebrations goes from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 and honors the contributions of Hispanic Americans in the United States while highlighting the diverse heritage and culture of Latin America.

LACSI will begin the celebration with its annual open house on Friday, Sept. 17, from 3-6 p.m. in its location at 290 South Hull St. The UGA Romance language department’s Portuguese program will co-sponsor the event, which will include Capoeira martial art/dance demonstrations, live music performed by the Athens band Incatepec and traditional Brazilian food. Hispanic Heritage Month 2010 posters will be available at the event, and all activities can be found on the LACSI website at www.lacsi.uga.edu.

Throughout the month-long celebration (and on into November), dramatic performances, films, lectures and fiestas will take place at UGA and throughout the community. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 17

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies open house will include live music from Incatepec and traditional Brazilian food, and be held 3-6 p.m. at the LACSI House, 290 South Hull St.

It is sponsored by LACSI and the department of Romance languages.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Some 40 Ballet Folklórico de Veracruz dancers will perform traditional and colorful dances from Mexico, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel. This event is sponsored by the Hispanic Student Association and the Mexican Consulate of Atlanta.

Friday, Sept. 24

As part of the Friday Speakers Series at the Institute for Women’s Studies, Jenna Andrews from the institute will give a talk entitled “Transnational Landscapes and the Cuban Diaspora: Feminist Research in the American South.” 12:20-1:10 p.m. in the Miller Learning Center, Room 213. This is a Blue Card event.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Latin American Documentary Film Series: The Last Zapatista (1996). This documentary examines the legacy of Emiliano Zapata in contemporary Mexico. Discussant: Sergio Quesada, UGA anthropology department and LACSI curriculum coordinator. This event is sponsored by LACSI, the Georgia Museum of Art and the department of Romance Languages. 7 p.m. in the MLC, Room 248.

Friday, Oct. 1

TheGeorgia Workshop on Culture, Power and History will present a series on Latin American ethnography. Alejandro Velasco from New York University will give a discussion entitled “`La Pelea Era Brava:’ Guerrilla War, Electoral Politics and the Popular Dimensions of Radicalism in 1960s Caracas, Venezuela.” This events is Sponsored by the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, the department of sociology and LACSI. 3:30 pm in Baldwin Room 114A.

Friday, Oct. 1

UGA in Costa Rica will be opening an exhibition at the Lamar Dodd School of Art to display the artwork produced by their Art and Culture program from this past May. The exhibition will run through Oct. 14. 7-9 p.m. in the Suite Gallery, third floor of Lamar Dodd.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2

Teatro Latino de Asheville will present a play called Sí, pero no lo soy by Alfredo Sanzol. It is sponsored by the President’s Venture Fund through UGA Partners, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the department of Romance languages and Mary Lyndon language communities. Oct. 1at 7 p.m., Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music, Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Call for reservations: 706/407-1896.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

The Brazilian Pao de Acucar String Orchestra. 6 p.m., Ramsey Concert Hall. No tickets required. Presented by the Hodgson School of Music.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Latin American Documentary Film Series: Discovering Dominga (2002). This documentary relates the story of a young Iowa housewife who discovers she is a survivor of a massacre in Guatemala. Discussant: Erin Thompson, campus manager, UGA Hispanic Scholarship Fund. This event is sponsored by LACSI, the Georgia Museum of Art and the department of Romance languages. 7 p.m., Caldwell Hall, Room 302.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Latin American Documentary Film Series: Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call (2007). This documentary explores the economic/environmental connections between farmers, coffee drinkers in the U.S. and songbirds in the Americas. Discussant: Ben Myers, owner of 1000 Faces Coffee. This event is sponsored by LACSI, the Athens-Clarke County Library, Georgia Museum of Art and the department of Romance languages. 7 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Voces Unidas (United Voices). The UGA Hispanic Student Association will turn the Tate Plaza into an informational place for people interested in the issues that Hispanics face today. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 21

UGA in Costa Rica will present a photo-documentary screening and a reception at Ciné Café Cinema in downtown Athens. In addition to short films about Study Abroad in Costa Rica, the photography of Richard Siegesmund, a former UGA Costa Rica Willson Artist-in-Residence, will also be on display. The reception will be catered by Big City Bread. 6 p.m. at Ciné, 234 West Hancock Ave.

Thursday, Oct. 21

The Modern Day Slavery Museum. This mobile museum built into a 33-foot-long truck has exhibits about the plight of low-income farm workers. The museum will be located in the N08 parking lot next to the pedestrian footbridge, corner of Thomas and Baldwin streets. Noon-5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24

Días de Cine: Latin American Film Festival: Latin American Landscapes

Ciné 234 West Hancock Ave. This event is sponsored by LACSI, the department of sociology, the department of Romance languages, Georgia Museum of Art, HSA, Students for Latino/a Empowerment, UGA en Buenos Aires and Ciné. Visit www.athenscine.com for admission prices or schedule changes.

Films include:

La mosca en la ceniza (2009)

Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., live discussion with the director, Gabriela David,

via Skype after the film, in addition to a party and live music. Sunday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. Discussant: Leo Cotlar.

Viajo porque preciso, volto porque te amo (2009)

Saturday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Discussant: Cristiane Lira.

Dioses (2008)

Saturday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. Discussant: Fernan Cerrón Palomino.

La nana (2009)

Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. Discussant: Elena Adell.

Araya (1959)

Saturday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Discussant: Carolina Acosta-Alzuru.

Friday, Nov. 5

Jim Porter from the Odum School of Ecology will present a butterfly exhibition featuring more than 300 specimens of tropical butterflies. The exhibit will run through Dec. 1. 4 p.m. at the Ecology Building Gallery.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Orgullo Hispano (Hispanic Pride): Hispanic individuals will share the story of success in the U.S. They will provide advice to students on how to build meaningful relationships in a diverse country. Sponsored by HSA. 8-9 p.m. in the MLC, Room 150.

Friday, Nov. 12

Latin American Ethnography Series and the Georgia Workshop on Culture, Power and History: Jon Shefner from the University of Tennessee will present “Clients, Protest and State Transformation in Latin America.” This event is sponsored by the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, the department of sociology and LACSI. 3:30 p.m. in Baldwin 114A.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Noche Latina: Sponsored by the HSA, it will include professional performances from different regions in Latin America. Traditional food representing different countries will be served. 6:30-10 p.m. in the Tate Grand Hall. Admission: $5 students, $7 non-students.