Latino Students To Express Diverse Heritage
Nov. 5, 1999 -- "Tacos,
salsa dancing, machismo. Is this the Latino heritage?" Nearly
a dozen University of Virginia students and professors will give
answers to this question at "Nuestra America!/Our America!,"
an innovative multi-media performance on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from
7 to 9 p.m. in Minor Hall 125. The event will reflect the ideas
and work of members of U.Va.s Latino community.
with backgrounds from a variety of Latin American countries will
explore their heritage through a unique group self-portrait presented
in story, image, music and food. The University community and public
are invited to the free program.
student Gina Flores will present and reflect upon a poem written
by her father. The verses explore his feelings about being uprooted
from Mexico and raising a family in the United States.
Braun, a Colombian-born history professor, will read from his autobiographical
manuscript, "Betwixt," which probes the experience of
living in two parts of the Americas at once.
student Che Che Correa will reflect on hidden ethnicity and how
it affects students who are of more than one origin, such as African-American
and Latino. These are just a few examples of the testimonios
that will be offered in the program.
Davis, assistant dean of students, who is helping organize the event,
said he hopes the program strengthens unity among Latinos at U.Va.
and also helps educate the U.Va. community on Latino culture.
overarching goal is to show that not only is our culture part of
the rainbow that is the United States, but that it is itself a rainbow,"
rising population of Latinos makes up nearly 4 percent of the total
population in Virginia and nearly 3 percent at U.Va. The growing
numbers and self-awareness of Latino students have led to the existence
of more than a dozen Latino-related organizations on Grounds.
more information, contact Pablo Davis at (804) 982-2683 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Carolina Espinal at email@example.com.
Jill Johnson, (804) 924-6855