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Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin American Studies Week events planned at UW-Eau Claire

September 14, 2012

LAS_Week_LogoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a series of events this fall to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week.

A Sept. 18 reception will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities. UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs will sponsor the reception, which will run from 4-6 p.m. in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center.

Additional Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week events are:

  • Sept. 27 — Musical group Alma Andina will perform Andean and Latin American music. The members, who have all spent time in Chile, derive their inspiration from a love of folklore and a desire to disseminate Latin American music and the rich musical heritage of the Andes. Schofield Auditorium, 6 p.m.

  • Oct. 1 — A panel of Latino/a students at UW-Eau Claire will discuss topics of interest to participants. Room 320E, Davies Center, 1-2 p.m.

  • Oct. 8 — "Integrating Latinos into Major League Baseball: Highlights of the history of Latino baseball players in the United States" — The Latin American Studies Week opening reception will feature keynote speaker Dr. Adrian Burgos Jr., associate professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an expert on the history of Latinos and African Americans in Major League Baseball and the Negro Leagues. The Dulany, Davies Center, 5:30-8 p.m.

  • Oct. 9 — Two Latin American research projects will be presented. They include "Colombia" by senior Latin American Studies major Seama Rezai, Madison, and "Microturbines and 'Cost-Free' Electricity in Rural Honduras: But for Whom … and for how long?" by Jeff DeGrave, UW-Eau Claire lecturer in geography and consortium scholar in geography at the University of Minnesota. Rezai will share her experiences in Colombia and her exchange through AIESEC, a global youth leadership development program. DeGrave will discuss the proliferation of micro-hydroelectric projects as an alternative to the expanding municipal power grid in rural Honduras. Room 101, Hibbard Hall, 3:30-5 p.m.

  • Oct. 10 — "Modernization, Globalization and Women in Argentina: Their Changing Roles in the Economy and in Society" — Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, professor of economics, Dr. Sanjukta Chaudhuri, assistant professor of economics, and senior Latin American Studies minor Laurelyn Wieseman, Lake Geneva, will present their research on the impact of rapid growth and globalization on the socioeconomic status of women in Argentina. Phillips 117, 3:30-5 p.m.

  • Oct. 12 — "United States Intervention in Honduras and the Effects on Indigenous Peoples" — Tomás Gómez Membreño of the Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations will share his experiences in the Witness for Peace brown bag presentation. Gómez Membreño actively works for human rights in Honduras, helping to mobilize indigenous communities and represent small farmers, women, afro-descendants and members of the LGBTQ community. Council Oak Room, Davies Center, 12-1 p.m.

  • Oct. 15 — The final event for Hispanic Heritage Month invites the university community to experience the spices and flavors of Latin American foods at the Sabor Latino Luncheon. Cost is $9.50 per person and reservations are recommended. Call the Blugold Dining office at 715-836-5261 for reservations. The Dulany, Davies Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week events are sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Latin American Studies program, Blugold Commitment, UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Center for International Education.

For more information, contact Melissa Hartung, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 715-836-3033 or; or Dr. Analisa De Grave, Latin American Studies program,at 715-836-4546 or



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