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Events to celebrate Hispanic heritage, Latin American studies begin Sept. 15

RELEASED: Sept. 15, 2010

EAU CLAIRE —A Sept. 15 reception will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with events continuing through October. Latin American Studies Week will also be observed Oct. 4-7.

UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Organization of Latinos/as will sponsor the Hispanic Heritage Month Welcome Reception from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Additional events are as follows.

  • Sept. 23 — The university community is invited to experience the flavors of Latin America at the Sabor Latino Luncheon. Cost is $9.50 per person and reservations are recommended. Call 715-836-5261 for reservations. The Dulany, Davies Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sept. 28 — A panel of Latino students at UW-Eau Claire will discuss topics of interest to participants. Arrowhead Room, Davies Center, 4-5 p.m.
  • Oct. 4 — "Written In Knots: An Inka Legacy, A Modern Mission" — The Latin American Studies Week opening day reception will feature keynote speaker Dr. Frank Salomon, professor of anthropology at UW-Madison. Salomon is a noted expert in the study of how Andean cultures used quipus to communicate across the vast Inca empire and how quipus are used today. The Dulany, Davies Center, 5:30-7 p.m.
  •  Oct. 5 — "Development Issues: Images of Post-Earthquake Haiti and Sustainable Water Purification Systems" — Photographer Mark Aumann will present photos from post-earthquake Haiti, and Jason Pecor, a volunteer with EDGE Outreach, will explore the topic of sustainable water purification systems in Costa Rica and Haiti. Hibbard 100, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Oct. 6 — Members of the student organization Latin American Sustainability, Education and Development will discuss eye opening study abroad options in Latin America. Documentary clips will be shown. Hibbard 100, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Oct. 7 — Learn the rhythms and beats of Latin America with members of the Salsa Clara Latin Dance Club, a UW-Eau Claire student organization. Tamarack Room, Davies Center, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Oct. 11 — The film "Salvador Allende," which explores the life of Salvador Allende from his childhood in Valparaiso, Chile, to his death following the Pinochet military coup in 1973, will be shown. Spanish with English subtitles. Hibbard 100, 7-9 p.m.
  • Oct. 12 — The film "Estadio Nacional," depicting the 1973 coup in Chile, after which more than 12,000 people were detained in National Stadium, will be shown. The film features the testimonies of survivors and eyewitnesses. Spanish with English subtitles. Hibbard 100, 7-9 p.m.
  • Oct. 13 — The film "Condor: The First War on Terror," about Operation Condor, a top-secret network of commando forces formerly supported by the CIA, the State Department and Interpol, that worked for rightist South American military dictators during the 1970s and 1980s, will be shown. Hibbard 100, 7-9 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week events are sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs; Latin American Studies program; women's studies program; UW-Eau Claire Foundation; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Education and Human Sciences; McIntyre Library; Center for International Education; and the departments of economics, education studies, English, foreign languages, geography and anthropology, history, mathematics, political science and sociology.

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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