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Canned Food Drive for Polar Plunge Starts | MUC 213 | 01/16/14-01/30/14 

Welcome Back | MUC 213 | 1-2:30pm | 01/21/14 | This event is open to any student interested in learning about the resources provided by the Hispanic Cultural Center. There will be Rosca de Reyes bread which is usually eaten during Three Kings Day (01/06/14) in parts on Mexico and Spain.  

Spanish Conversation with Dr. Honea | MUC Cafeteria | 4:30-5:30pm | 01/28/14 | Students with some knowledge of Spanish can practice Spanish with peers.   This event is limited to the first 15 students who pre-register by 01/24.

HCC Team at Polar Plunge | Foy Pool | 3:30pm | 01/30/14 

Puerto Rico: Independence is a Right! | Maya Cafe | 6:30-7:30pm | 02/03/04 | Guest speakers Ricardo Jiménez and Raquelle Seda from the National Boricua Human Rights Network in Detroit will be presenting a talk entitled "Puerto Rico: Independence is a Right!" at MUC 303.  Former Puerto Rican political prisoner Ricardo Jiménez who spent nearly 20 years in maximum security prisons for his struggle against US colonialism. He is now an HIV/AIDS counselor and gay activist who is is active in the struggle to free political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera who has spent the last 32 years in prison. This event is open to the public.

Café Controversial with Mexican Hot Chocolate | MUC 213 | 12-1PM | 02/04/14 | With so much going on in this world it is great to have a place where we can sit down and talk about it while enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Unwind with the Center as we talk about Mexiphobia and how that is effecting us and the people around us.  For more information visit Cafe Controversial page.

American Promise: Film Screening & Discussion | WNDAACC | 6-8:30pm | 02/04/14 | A documentary 13 years in the making, American Promise: The Education of Black Youth, provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons.  This film screening is part of Black Male Achievement Week (02/03-02/09). Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knFReWtLkgc Sponsored by HCC, WNDAACC, African American Studies, International Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Spanish Game Series: Hangman (El Ahorcado) | MUC 213 | 3:30-4:30PM | 02/05/14 | Practice Spanish through a game of Hangman. There will be chocoflan for the first 15 students.

HCC First Meeting | MUC 213 | 2pm | 02/10/14

HCC Experience the Art of Capoeira | MUC Ballroom | 6pm | 02/11/14 | Capoeira is a Brazilian martial-art that grew from survival, created by the African slaves during the colonial period. It is an art of self-defense that is hidden in dance and played as a game between two players inside a circle, or roda, led by music and songs. Students of all ages are encouraged to learn basic Capoeira movements with Capoeira Angola Palmares Nashville.  

“West African Influences on Latin American Dance: Cumbia, Mapale, and Tango" | WNDAACC | 4:30-6pm | 02/13/14 | Marcus Hayes, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, will present a lecture on the West African influences on Latin American dances, particularly cumbia, mapale, and tango.  His presentation is based on his travel to Medellin, Colombia in September 2013 where he studied folkloric dance styles of cumbia. After a short lecture, participants can learn the basic steps of cumbia, bambuco, joropo, mapalé, and salsa caleña as well as taste Colombian inspired appetizers. Sponsored by HCC, WNDAACC and Theatre and Dance Department.

HCC/OUR/Disability Services Meet and Greet with Dr. Eloy Rodriguez (Plant Biology) | MUC 103B | 8-10am | 02/18/14 | Dr. Rodriguez (Cornell University) is a Chicano scientist whose research focuses on the chemistry and biology of medicinal and poisonous plants.  He has established two field research laboratories, one in Amazon of Peru and the other in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. For more information about his visit, click this page.

HCC/OUR/WNDAACC Student Luncheon with Dr. Eloy Rodriguez | WNDAACC | 12-1:30pm | 02/18/14 | Stop by for free lunch and a brief presentation entitled  “The Ups and Downs of Pursuing a Ph.D.-A Reality Story by a Minority Scientist.”

HCC/OUR Presentation by Dr. Eloy Rodriguez | MUC 303 | 2:30-4pm | 02/18/14 | During his lecture, Dr. Rodriguez will cover his research.  The title of his talk is: “The EthnoBiology and Chemistry of New World Nature-Based Medicines.” 

HCC Spanish Game Night: Scrabble (Edicion en español) | MUC 213 | 4:30-3:30pm | 02/20/14 | Practice Spanish through a game of Scrabble (en español). There will be Chilean inspired appetizers for the first 15 students.

HCC Spanish Conversation with Professor Harrell | MUC Cafeteria | 4:30-5:30pm | 02/25/14 | Students with some knowledge of Spanish can practice Spanish with peers. This event is limited to the first 15 students who pre-register by 02/21. Click here to pre-register.

HCC International Career and Job Expo in Nashville | Trevecca Boone Business Center in Nashville | Travel 3:30pm, Event Starts 4:30pm | 02/26/14 | Click here for travel sign up and registration link. 

HCC Medical Career Speaker: Dr. Claudia Ramirez - From Cleaning to Clinic: Making Your Way Into Medicine | MUC 213 | 8:15-9:15pm | 02/28/14 | Dr. Claudia Ramirez is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor who is the first in her family to have the opportunity to pursue higher education. Her work focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to talking about her specialty, she will talk about her journey to medical school.  



FALL 2013

Supporting the Success of Undocumented Students: Implications of Federal Policy for Student Affairs | MUC 306 | 1 - 2:30pm | 08/14/13 | Presented by NASPA and the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan. Panelists include host and NASPA President Dr. Kevin Kruger, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Serena Dávila, Executive Director of National Immigration Law Center Marielena Hincapié, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University-Fullerton Dr. Kandy Mink Salas, and Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students at University of Minnesota-Duluth Dr. Lisa Ann Erwin.

Zumba Pool Party | Foy Pool | 5-6:30pm | 08/29/13 | Zumba in the pool or on deck with instructor David.  Zumba is a dance fitness class combines Latin and world music with unique dance routines. Free Aqua Zumba gear for the first 25 students. All participants will be entered into a raffle for free Zumba bandana. Remember to bring your APSU ID. Sponsored by University Recreation and Hispanic Cultural Center. 

Bienvenidos (Welcome/Back) | MUC Plaza 11am - 1pm | 09/03/13 | Kick off the fall semester at the HCC's annual welcome (back) event. There will be music and free giveaways such as Spanish mood rings and shaved ice for the first 300 students.  Did you know that shaved ice goes by other names? Raspado in Mexico/ Colombia/Nicaragua. Raspadilla in Peru. Piragua in Puerto Rico.  Raspao in Panama. Cholado in Colombia. 

Spanish Game Night/Noche de Juegos: Scrabble | MUC 213 (HCC) | 3:30 - 4:30pm | 09/04/13 | Practice Spanish by playing Scrabble.  Spanish students and native Spanish speakers will play in teams or as individuals. Refreshments for the first 15 students.       

Café Controversial | MUC 213 (HCC) | 12 - 1pm | 09/09/13 | Café Controversial is a roundtable conversation series that focuses on hot topic issues affecting Latinos and other cultural communities.  Join us for a lively discussion with café.

Spanish Conversation DinnerMUC Cafeteria | 4:30pm Sign In; 4:45-5:45pm | 09/10/13 | Students with some knowledge of Spanish can practice Spanish with peers.  Sign-in begins at 4:30pm and is limited to the first 15 students. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off | MUC Plaza | 11am - 1pm |  09/12/13 | Free food and giveaways to kick-off the start of Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated from September 15 through October 15. Stop by to get a schedule of upcoming events. 

Spanish Game Night/Noche de Juego: Loteria | MUC 213 | 09/18/13 | Practice Spanish by playing Loteria (Mexican Bingo).  Spanish students and native Spanish speakers will play in teams or as individuals. Refreshments for the first 15 students.            

Migration is Beautiful Film | MUC 308 | 5 - 6pm | 09/23/13 |  Join the HCC as we screen the documentary “Migration is Beautiful.”  This documentary addresses issues the debate surrounding immigration policy in the United States.  It also highlights the involvement of visual artists that have participated in the movement for immigration reform.  This is part of the Migration is Beautiful series and features the Hispanic Heritage Month keynote speaker Favianna Rodriguez.

Not All About Tacos: Colombia | MUC 213 | 12:30 - 1:45pm | 09/25/13 | This month’s workshop focuses on literacy and education in Colombia.  Join us for a film screening of Biblioburro: The Donkey Library which is the story of a teacher who used donkeys to bring a library collection of books to the children of poor and violence-ridden interior parts of Colombia. This event is part of Not All About Tacos, a workshop which features a different Latin American country or topics of interest that focus on Latinos and Latin American inspired dishes.

Experience the Art of Capoeira | MUC Plaza | 1:30 Sign Up; 2 - 3pm | 09/28/13 | Join us for an interactive class and demonstration of Capoeira. Learn about this Afro-Brazilian martial-art that was created by the African slaves during the colonial period. The movements are hidden in dance and influenced by Brazilian music and songs. Sign-in begins at 1:30 pm. Students participating in the demo must complete a liability waiver release form and loose fitted clothing is suggested.  This event is part of Family Weekend.

Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speaker | MUC Ballroom | 6 - 7pm | 10/01/13 |  Favianna Rodriguez is an entrepreneur, printmaker and digital artist whose vibrant posters deal with issues such as war, immigration, globalization, and social movements. Rodriguez will be addressing cultural strategies through artwork and how it relates to immigration and economic justice.  This is part of the Migration is Beautiful series.

HCC Poster Design Workshop with Favianna Rodriguez | Trahern Printmaking Lab | 12pm - 2 pm | 10/02/13 | Rodriguez will facilitate a two hour hands on workshop where students can learn how to do poster design, and discuss what they need to think about while creating a poster. This is part of the Migration is Beautiful series.

Sabor Latino Festival | Memorial Health Building | 3 - 8pm | 10/06/13 | Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the APSU Sabor Latino Festival. Admission is free. There will be folkloric dance performances (Mexico, Panama, and Brazil) from 3:20-5:15pm and a live band from 5:30-7:30pm. This event is open to the public.

Café Controversial: When Social Media Attacks | MUC 212 | 12 - 1pm | 10/07/13 | Café Controversial is a roundtable conversation series that focuses on hot topic issues affecting Latinos and other cultural communities.  Join us for a lively discussion with café.

Spanish Conversation Dinner | MUC Cafeteria | 4:30 pm Sign in; 4:45-5:45pm | 10/8/13 | Students with some knowledge of Spanish can practice Spanish with peers.  Sign-in begins at 4:30pm and is limited to the first 15 students.

Spanish Game Night/Noche de Juego: Spanish Cultural Trivia | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 10/09/13|   Expand your Spanish vocabulary and practice Spanish by playing Spanish Cultural Trivia.  This event is open to Spanish students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments for the first 15 students.  

Not All About Tacos: Panama | MUC 312 | 12:30-1:30pm | 10/17/13 | Students part of Viva Panama Dance Company will share their knowledge about traditional fokloric Panamanian dance and music. This event is part of Not All About Tacos, a workshop which features a different Latin American country or topics of interest that focus on Latinos and Latin American inspired dishes.

Tailgate Alley with Hispanic Alumni Chapter | Tailgate Alley (Foy parking lot) | 2-4pm | 10/26/13 | Current students stop by to meet and mingle with other alumni, taste Peruvian Paneton, play a game of toma toda. Alumni - check and/or update your alumni information, register for a door prize and pick up the latest alumni trinkets.

Govs Cherish and Share: 2013 Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Art Exhibit | MUC Third Floor Art Gallery | 8am-4:30pm | 10/28/13 - 11/01/13 | Visit the Govs Cherish and Share: 2013 Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit featuring a traditional altar and artwork created by APSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Working with the U.S. Government Workshop | WNDAACC (Clement 120) | 2:30-3:30pm | 10/29/13 | Speak with a government employee about internship and career job opportunities where you can make a difference! Open to students of all majors. Stop by the WNDAACC (Clement 120) to meet Mrs. Elka Chavez, Chief of Operations and Management at the National Vaccine Program Office. This event is sponsored by Hispanic Cultural Center, Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, and Austin Peay State University Disability Services.

Sugar Skull Decorating | Fort Campbell AP Building (Bld. 203) | 11am-1pm | 10/30/13 | Free sugar skulls to decorate for the first 20 students, taste pan de muerto, and help build an altar to remember deceased loved ones.

Sugar Skull Decorating | MUC Lobby | 11am-1pm | 10/31/13 | Visit the Govs Cherish and Share: 2013 Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit featuring a traditional altar and artwork created by APSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Day of the Dead Film Screenings | MUC 213 (HCC) | 10am-1pm | 11/01/13 | Several documentaries and short films will be shown in the HCC (MUC 213). Come learn about sugar skull making, how the Day of the Dead is celebrated in Guatemala, and the meaning behind the traditions associated with Day of the Dead.

Govs Cherish and Share: Day of the Dead Art Gallery Closing Reception | MUC Third Floor Gallery | 3-4:30pm | 11/01/13 | Hear from staff and students who created artwork for the Day of the Dead Art Gallery. Join us for light refreshments including Day of the Dead bread (pan de muerto). Sponsored by HCC and SLE Diversity Programming Series.

Café Controversial | MUC 213 | 12-1pm | 11/04/13 | Café Controversial is a roundtable conversation series that focuses on hot topic issues affecting Latinos and other cultural communities.  Join us for a lively discussion with café.

Spanish Game Night/Noche de Juego: Cognate Frenzy | MUC 213 | 3:30-4:30pm | 11/06/13 | Expand your Spanish vocabulary and practice Spanish by playing Cognate Frenzy.  This event is open to Spanish students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments for the first 15 students.  

Not All About Tacos: Venezuela | MUC 312 | 1:30-2:30pm | 11/14/13 | APSU student Deyanira Ortiz will lead a discussion on Venezuela, music director Gustavo Dudamel, and the program El Sistema. We will screen the documentary, Let the Children Play, which is a film about the power of music and its positive impact on children’s lives.  Come taste Venezuelan food such as pabellon criollo (pulled beef with white rice and black beans), sweet plantains, and marquesa (chocolate dessert). This event is part of Not All About Tacos, a workshop which features a different Latin American country or topics of interest that focus on Latinos and Latin American inspired dishes.

Spanish Game Night/Noche de Juego: Infinitive Charades | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 11/20/13 | Expand your Spanish vocabulary and practice Spanish by playing Infinitive Charades.  This event is open to Spanish students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments for the first 15 students.

HCC Practice Spanish Holiday Caroling | MUC 213 | 5-6pm | 11/25/13 | Stop by, practice, and get ready for the holidays. There will be an additional practice session on December 3rd.

HCC Spanish Conversation and Dinner | MUC Cafeteria | 4:30-5:45pm | 11/26/13 | Students with some knowledge of Spanish can practice Spanish with peers.  Sign-in begins at 4:30pm and is limited to the first 15 students.

HCC Café Controversial | MUC 213 | 12-1pm | 12/02/13 | Café Controversial is a roundtable conversation series that focuses on hot topic issues affecting Latinos and other cultural communities.  Join us for a lively discussion with café.

HCC Practice Spanish Holiday Caroling | MUC 213 | 5-6pm | 12/03/13 | Stop by, practice, and get ready for the holidays.

HCC Krispy Kreme Fundraiser | MUC Lobby | 8am-10:30am | 12/03/13 | Get ready for the holidays with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The HCC will be taking pre-orders and payment for one dozen at $6 and two dozen for $11. Orders will be brought directly from Nashville and on campus on Tuesday, 12/03. HCC staff will stop by offices or you can stop by MUC 213. All proceeds raised go towards the Heidi Leming HCC Scholarship which is awarded to a continuing student.

HCC Graduation Recognition Ceremony | MUC Ballroom BC | 6:30pm | 12/09/13



SPRING 2013

Welcome Back with Rosca de Reyes | HCC (MUC 213) | 1:30-2:30pm | 01/23/13 | This event is open to any student interested in learning about the resources provided by the Hispanic Cultural Center.  There will be Rosca de Reyes bread which is usually eaten during Three Kings Day in Mexico and Spain.

Spanish Game Night/Noche de Juegos | HCC (MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 01/24/13 | Practice Spanish by playing a games such as loteria (Mexican Bingo), Operando (Operation), Oraciones Divertidas (Silly Sentences), Mézclalas (Mix it up and Match), and Mexopoly.

Financial Literacy Workshop | WNDAACC | 11:30am-12:30pm | 01/29/13 | This is a relaxed, and informal “safe space” for students to talk freely, and an opportunity for them to hold conversations about topics that may affect them as college students such as dangers of credit card debt and the negative pitfalls of refund checks. FREE snacks will be served.

The Human Experience Film Screening & Discussion | Clement Auditorium | 4 & 7pm | From Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, New York comes THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE – the story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions:  Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit. 

Mexican Hot Chocolate  | HCC (MUC 213) | 11:30am-1:30pm | In addition to finding out about upcoming events and resources provided by the Hispanic Cultural Center, come taste Mexican hot chocolate.  This is part of the tradition of Dia de la Candelaria in Mexico.  Traditionally, hot chocolate and tamales is hosted by the lucky guest who finds the Baby Jesus figure in their slice of Rosca de Reyes bread, a ring shaped bread eaten on Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day).

Señorita Extraviada: Film on Juarez | MUC 307 | 4:30pm | Señorita Extraviada: Missing Young Women is a documentary that tells the story of hundreds of young woman in Juárez, Mexico who have been kidnapped, raped, and murdered since 1993. A discussion will follow after the film screening.  This event is part of a series of events ¡Ni Una Mas! Not One More!: No More Violence Against Women in  Juarez.

Noche de Juegos | HCC (MUC 213) | 4:30-5:30pm | Practice Spanish by playing games. Featured game: loteria (Mexican Bingo).

Zumba Love | Foy Studio A&B | 4-4:50pm | Free Zumba gear will be given to the first 20 participants.  This dance fitness class combines Latin and world music with unique dance routines. 

Juarez Mothers Fight Femicide Film | MUC 308 | 1-2pm | 02/19/13 | The documentary Juarez Mothers Fight Femicide features  Marisela Ortiz, the HCC Spring Speaker and founder of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (May our Daughters Return Home).  Juarez mothers provide insight about femicides which has taken place since 1993.  This event is part of a series of events ¡Ni Una Mas! Not One More!: No More Violence Against Women in  Juarez.

Charlar/ Spanish Conversation | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 02/19/13 | Students with some knowledge of Spanish can practice Spanish with peers.

Noche de Juegos/ Spanish Game Night | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 02/21/13 | Practice Spanish by playing games. Featured game: Oraciones Divertidas (Silly Sentences).

Linebreaks: An Intimate Evening with Alicia Partnoy | Global Education Center (Nashville, TN) | 8-9pm | 02/21/13 | Alicia Partnoy is the 2013 Line Breaks Literary Reading Series Poet.  Dr. Partnoy was the HCC Fall Spring Speaker and presented a poetry reading and a talk entitled Writing for Justice: The Journey of a Former Disappeared Woman.  This event is taking place at the Global Education Center in Nashville.  Transportation for 9 people is provided.  Stop by MUC 213 to sign up for transportation.

Not All About Tacos: Dominican Republic | MUC 103B | 3:30-4:45pm | 02/27/13 | This month’s workshop will explore the recruitment of Dominican baseball players into Major League Baseball.  Did you know that over a quarter of all major league baseball players and almost half of all minor leaguers are from the Caribbean?  This event will include a film screening of documentary Ballplayer: Pelotero, discussion and Dominican inspired cuisine. This event is part of Not All About Tacos, a workshop which features a different Latin American country or topics of interest that focus on Latinos. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i9jfhRyoljA

Experience the Art of Capoeira | MUC Ballroom | 7-8pm | 02/28/13 | Join us for an interactive lecture and performance of Capoeira. Learn about this Afro-Brazilian martial-art form that grew from survival, created by the African slaves during the colonial period. The movements are hidden in dance and influenced by music and songs. Sign-in begins at 6:30 pm. Students participating in the demo must complete a liability waiver release form and loose fitted clothing is suggested. Check out their performance at Celebrate Nashville: http://ow.ly/hS1Aw

Wear Your Letters on Your Heart | MUC Lobby | 11am-1pm | 03/04/13 | Along with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Hispanic Cultural Center is hosting International Badge Day.  Faculty, staff, and students part of a Greek lettered organization and/or society are encouraged to wear your letters such as a pin or t-shirt.  Stop by the MUC Lobby and tell us why you joined your organization.  Group pictures will be taken.

HCC Spring Speaker Marisela Ortiz Rivera: "From Femicide to Hope" | MUC 303 | 5-6pm | 03/05/13 | Marisela Ortiz Rivera, a teacher and human rights activist who founded the organization Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (May Our Daughters Re-turn Home) will talk about her experience of demanding justice for the disappeared women of Juarez.  This event is part of a series of events ¡Ni Una Mas! Not One More!: No More Violence Against Women in  Juarez.

Spanish Game Night | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 03/07/13 | Practice Spanish by playing games. Featured game: such  Oraciones Divertidas (Silly Sentences).

Spring Fiesta | MUC Ballroom A&B | 7-9pm | 03/07/13 | Celebrate the end of the semester with the annual Spring Fiesta which features live music.  The band Revolfusion will play salsa, merengue, cumbia, and bachata classics and original music. Dance instructor Steven Damo will provide dance lessons. 

Charlar/ Spanish Conversation | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 03/20/13 | Students with some knowledge of Spanish can practice Spanish with peers.

Spanish Game Night | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 03/21/13 | Practice Spanish by playing games. Featured game: Scrabble.

Donut Day Fundraiser | MUC Lobby. Pre-order by visiting MUC 213. | 8:00-10am | 03/22 | Pre-buy fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  If you didn't get a chance to pre-purchase your doughnuts, there will be a limited supply available for purchase on 03/22.  Dozen will be sold for $7 and two dozen for $11.  All proceeds go to the Heidi Leming Hispanic Cultural Center Scholarship.

Not All About Tacos: Guatemala | MUC 213 | 12:30-1:30pm | 04/03/13 | This event is part of Not All About Tacos, a workshop which features a different Latin American country or topics of interest that focus on Latinos. 

Spanish Game Night | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 04/04/13 | Practice Spanish by playing games. Featured game: Scrabble.

Charlar/Spanish Conversation | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 04/10/13 | Students with some knowledge of Spanish will practice Spanish with peers. Free pizza for first 10 students. 

Spanish Game Night/Noche de Juegos | MUC 213 | 4:30-5:30pm | 04/18/13 | Practice Spanish by playing  games.

World Book Night | MUC Lobby | 3:30-4:30pm | 04/23/2013 | Get an English and Spanish copy of Sandra Cisneros book 'Casa en Mango Street.' This event is part an international event called World Book Night which aims to spread the love of reading, from person to person.

Not All About Tacos: Cuba | MUC 308 | 3:30-4:30pm | 04/25/2013 | This month's workshop will explore U.S. Naval base located on the southeastern end of Cuba. Guest speaker Danielle Baggett will speak on her experience living in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the history of the base. Danielle is a Graduate student at Austin Peay State University. There will be picadillo, rice, frituras de harina de maiz, and flan for the first 50 students..  This event is part of Not All About Tacos, a workshop which features a different Latin American country or topics of interest that focus on Latinos and Latin American inspired dishes. 

FALL 2012

Conversation Lab | Hispanic Cultural Center (MUC 213) | Do you need help with Spanish? Conversation Labs and tutoring will take place Monday - Thursday from 11:25am to 12:25pm. Conversation labs and tutoring for students will be facilitated by Dr. Miguel Ruiz.  

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off 09/17 | MUC Ballroom | Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) is a time to celebrate the history, culture, traditions, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.  This celebration began as a week-long event under President Lyndon Johnson’s administration and was expanded to a month long celebration President Ronald Reagan in 1988.  September 15 was chosen as the first day of celebration to signify the independence of several Latin American nations including Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Stop by the MUC Plaza to listen to a Latin percussion concert from an 8 piece band called Afinke.  There will also be giveaways (small decorated skulls and paper flowers). 

Hispanic Lunch Celebration 09/18 | Cafeteria | AP Dining will be serving Latino inspired cuisine for lunch. 

Yo Soy Latina! Play 09/19 | Clement Auditorium | Learn about identity and cultural experiences of Latinas in America from the college version of the award winning Off Broadway play “Yo Soy Latina!”

Salsa Night 09/21 | MUC Ballroom | APSU students and family members come dance the night away at Salsa Night. There will be a live Salsa band and light refreshments. This event is part of Family Weekend and brought to you by the Hispanic Cultural Center and Student Affairs. 

Experience the Art of Capoeira II 09/26 | MUC Plaza | Join us for an interactive lecture and performance in the MUC Plaza. Learn about this Brazilian martial-art form that grew from survival, created by the African slaves during the colonial period. It is an art of self-defense that is hidden in dance and played as a game between two players inside a circle, or roda, led by music and songs.  Sign-in begins at 6:15pm.  Students participating in the demo must complete a liability waiver release form and loose fitted clothing is suggested.

Poetry with Dr. Alicia Partnoy 10/3 | Harned Hall Gallery | Dr. Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 people 'disappeared' in Argentina. Best known for The Little School. Tales of Disappearance and Survival, Partnoy also published the poetry collection Little Low Flying/Volando bajito. Poems from her Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana rode the metro in New York, Dallas, and Washington D.C., are sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock, and were translated into several languages, including Hebrew.

Writing for Justice: The Journey of a Former Disappeared Woman 10/3 | MUC 303 | Dr. Alicia Partnoy is the keynote speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month.  In addition to teaching at Loyola Marymount University, she presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities.

Not All About Tacos: Chiapas, Mexico 10/10 | Castle Heights Classroom 133 | Join us for a discussion on Chiapas, Mexico.  This program is part of a monthly series called Not All About Tacos which features a different Latin American country and sample dishes.  Chiapas is home to one of the largest indigenous populations in Mexico.  Learn more about Chiapas from guest presenters who traveled there for a mission trip.

Visiting Writers Series: Poet and Editor Helena Mesa 10/11 | Honors Common | Poet, editor, and Albion professor of English Helena Mesa will read selections from her debut collection of poems, Horse Dance Underwater (Cleveland State University Press).  Born and raised in Pittsburgh by Cuban parents, she has published widely in magazines and journals and co-edited the collection of essays Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (SIU Press, 2010).  This program is sponsored by Zone 3.

Day of the Dead Altar 10/29-11/2 | MUC Third Floor Gallery | Interested in helping to build an altar for Day of the Dead?  The Hispanic Cultural Center is hosting two planning meetings, October 11 and 25 from 2-3pm in MUC 213) for building an altar in the MUC third floor gallery space.  The altar will be on display from October 29 through November 2.  Altars, altares or ofrendas, are set out on November 1 (for the souls of the children) and on November 2 (to honor adults who have passed away).  Altars are traditionally built for the spirits of loved ones in order to guide them back to the family on Day of the Dead.  Items are placed that represent the person being honored.  Modern altars are made to honor popular icons or bring attention to societal issues.

Sugar Skull Decorating 10/31 | MUC Lobby | Stop by to decorate a sugar skull and learn more about Day of the Dead traditions. On Day of the Dead, Mexico and other Latin American countries celebrate life by remembering deceased family members.

Latino Dance Lesson: Salsa and Bachata 10/31 | MUC Ballroom | Learn salsa and bachata from instructor Steven Damo. Drop in between 2-3pm and 3:30-4:30pm for lessons.  Steven Damo learned to dance in San Francisco, California under the tutelage of dance champion Ava Apple. He then moved to New York where he studied extensively with Delille Thomas and some of the best mambo instructors in the world. He was a principal dancer with Piel Canela Latin Center of the Arts under the direction of Joe Burgos for over two years before moving to Nashville in 2010, where along with Gwendolyn Clinton he co-founded Sentir El Ritmo Dance Company.

Not All About Tacos: Argentina 11/14 | MUC 103B | Join us for a discussion on Argentina.  This program is part of a monthly series called Not All About Tacos which features a different Latin American country and sample dishes.  Learn more about Argentina from guest presenters who traveled there this summer as part of study abroad.

Donut Day Fundraiser 12/04 | MUC Lobby.  Pre-order by visiting MUC 213. | Pre-buy fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts before 12/04.  If you didn't get a chance to pre-purchase your doughnuts, there will be a limited supply available for purchase on 12/04.  Dozen will be sold for $7 and two dozen for $11.  All proceeds go to the Heidi Leming Hispanic Cultural Center Scholarship.