Latino Heritage Month
Latino Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture and contributions of Latinos in our global society past, present and future. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.
EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS
LATINO HISTORY LITERARY WORKS & RESOURCES
Governors State University Library
GSU Library has a collection of books, DVDs, and eBooks dedicated to Latino Heritage. Visit www.govst.edu/library or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LATINO HERITAGE MONTH DISPLAY
B Wing Display Case
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Friday, September 15
EL GRITO CELEBRATION
2–7 p.m., Lakeside Lounge
Come learn about the independence of Latin American countries and the importance of Latino Heritage Month through cultural expressions and cuisine.
Tuesday, September 19
INDIGENOUS CONQUISTADORES: INDIGENOUS ALLIES TO THE SPANISH EMPIRE
featuring Dr. Matthews, Marquette University
5 p.m. Location TBD
Laura Matthews is a historian of southern Mesoamerica during the Spanish colonial era. Her first two books focused on Indigenous allies of Spanish empire and demonstrates how Mesoamerican methods of warfare–and many thousands of Mesoamericans themselves–shaped conquests that would ultimately be labeled Spanish.
Funded by the Intellectual Life Grant.
Thursday, September 21
IDEAS LAB: DACA STUDENTS
3:30 p.m., E-Lounge
Intercultural Development for Equity and Success Labs (IDEAS Lab) is an innovative program designed for faculty, staff and students to engage in a think tank acknowledging campus inequities that may limit student success.
Thursday, September 21
BROTHER 2 BROTHER
5 p.m., Hall of Honors
This program highlights the importance of Black and Latino males building brotherhood to address injustices towards these communities.
Monday, September 25
1–4 p.m., Lakeside Lounge
Come learn about the significance of piñatas in Latino culture and make one to take home.
Wednesday, September 27
UNLEARN, RELEARN, LEARN
5 p.m., Engbretson Hall
Explore current cultural issues as well as challenge the GSU community to realize the benefits of living in a
Wednesday, October 4
11 a.m.– until Tamales are soldout, Hall of Governors
Come out and purchase some delectable tamales. Please email email@example.com to place your order.
Wednesday, October 11
MOVIE & DISCUSSION: “UNDER THE SAME MOON”
7:30 p.m., F 1622
Under the Same Moon tells the story of Rosario, an undocumented Mexican immigrant working in the United States with the hope of giving her son, Carlitos, a better life, while leaving him under the care of his grandmother.
Thursday, October 12
POWER, PEOPLE AND PLACE IN LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN
A Conversation with GSU Faculty
2–3:30 p.m., Location TBD
Join us for an interdisciplinary conversation on research experiences and fieldwork in Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Chile, Dominica Republic and others.