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Cafe Controversial

There is so much going on in the world today. Wish you had the space to express your opinion, or hear the thoughts of others? Your wish is our command! Enjoy a cup of café with us as you and your peers take part in a roundtable conversation that focuses on hot topics affecting Latinos and other cultural communities today.


HCC Cafe Controversial: Mexiphobia

02/03/13 | MUC 213 | 12 - 1 p.m.


  • Anti-Hispanic Crime in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
  • Beaner hopping in Long Island, New York


HCC Cafe Controversial: Immigrant Detention of Children

03/03/13 | MUC 213 | 12 - 1 p.m.


  • Operation Peter Pan
  • Detention of children who enter the United States illegally in shelters run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement


  • Article: Detained immigrant children face legal maze in U.S.  This is a chapter part of the book "Latino in America" by Soledad O'Brien with Rose Marie Arce.

HCC Cafe Controversial: Hispanic and Native American Roots

04/07/13 | MUC 213 | 12 - 1 p.m.


  • Census growth
  • Indigenous populations of North and South America


FALL 2013

HCC Cafe Controversial: Black and Latino in a Black and White World

11/04/13 | MUC 213 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Coffee: TBD


  • Afro-Latino experience: We will watch a short clip that has addresses language diversity, Afro Latinos in the media, and identity development.


HCC Cafe Controversial: Can a T.V. Show Be Representative of a Population?

10/07/13 | MUC 213 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Coffee: Caboclo (Brazilian medium roasted and finely ground coffee)


  • Perpetuation of stereotypes in the media


  • Article: Devious Maids Welcomes the Controversy
  • Article: Why "Devious Maids" actress Judy Reyes says the show suprised her
  • 'Devious Maids' Criticism: Lifetime Series Continues To Draw Cultural Backlash For Latina Stereotypes 

    'Devious Maids': The controversy behind the new Lifetime drama

HCC Cafe Controversial: When Social Media Attacks

09/09/13 | MUC 213 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Coffee: "Cafe EL Indo: El Mejor Cafe de Honduras"

Non-Coffee Drink: Jamaica (Hisbiscus Flavored Drink Mix)


  • Racism on Twitter and Facebook
  • Case studies include incidents involving Sebastien De La Cruz, Marc Anthony, and Yoenis Céspedes