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Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with Sept. 15 reception

NOTE (Sept. 21): The Sept. 21 Teatro del Pueblo performance of "Help Wanted" has been canceled. The performance will be rescheduled; information will be released at a later date.

RELEASED: Sept. 13, 2011

Hispanic Heritage Month

EAU CLAIRE — A Sept. 15 reception will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The welcome reception will run from 4-6 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Organization of Latinos/as will sponsor the reception to allow returning and incoming Latino students to connect with other students as well as faculty and staff.

Additional Hispanic Heritage Month events are as follows.

  • This event has been cenceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Sept. 21 — The university community can attend a free performance of "Help Wanted" at 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre. Teatro del Pueblo, a small, nonprofit Latino theater group, will explore current issues in Latino communities and demonstrate the plight of workers who risk harsh treatment and inequalities when trying to find work. The play will address the issues of immigration and worker's rights through satire.
  • Sept. 27 — UW-Eau Claire Latino students will discuss the Dream Act from 4-5 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. The open forum event will allow the audience to participate and discuss the topic with student panelists.

Hispanic Heritage Month 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 hartunmj@uwec.edu.

Latin American Studies Week will be observed Oct. 10-15. For details on those events, contact Dr. Analisa De Grave, Latin American Studies program, at 715-836-4546 or degravae@uwec.edu.

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