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Latino Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. The week-long celebration was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15.

Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. In addition, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is Oct. 12, falling within the celebration month.

Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration started in 2005 by the director of Multicultural Affairs and a group of students. Since its inception, the annual, University-wide celebration has featured a number of prominent speakers, including Rigoberta Menchu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; Cesar Gaviria, the former president of Colombia; and Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers.

2015 Latino Heritage Month Celebration

Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration will feature a guest speaker Professor Claire Joysmith, a performance of Ballet Folklorico, Noche de Musica concert, a Spanish lecture by Mexican novelist and essayist Luis Arturo Ramos and an exciting performance of "Gaytino" by Dan Guerrero. Also enjoy Men's and Women's Soccer games, the Science Blast Community day sponsored by the Reaching for the Stars Foundation and the Brubeck Festival performace of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra.Don't miss these exciting opportunities to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. 

Highlighted events

Latino/a Heritage Month Kickoff 

9/10 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the Bechtel International Center. (Free/Gratis)
"Cantar de espejos: Mirrors and Bridges across Borders" with guest speaker Professor Claire Joysmith from Universidad Nacional Atonoma de Mexico (UNAM). Free/gratis.

Claire Joysmith
Ballet Folklorico

Voces de Nuestros Antepasados (Voices of our Ancestors)

9/19 - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Faye Spanos Concert Hall 
Mexican Ballet Folklórico de Frank Zapata and Los Danzantes del Pacifico. Tickets available at the door are $10 for adults; $5 for children; free for Pacific students with ID. 

Lecture with Luis Arturo Ramos  

10/6 -  Noon - 1 p.m. in the Bechtel International Center
Mexican fiction writer and essayist, Luis Artura Ramos, will lecture in Spanis. Meet and hear from this winner of the National Prize for Fiction from Centro Mexicano de Escritores. (Free/Gratis)

Luis Arturo Ramos

  Dan Guerrero 

Gaytino! performance  

10/7 - 7:00 p.m. in DeRosa University Center Ballroom
¡GAYTINO! is a 90-minute performance that travels through decades of Mexican-American history and the gay experience from a unique and personal perspective. Touching, provocative, hilarious and absolutely one-of-a-kind, Dan Guerrero brings his two fascinating worlds together in a riveting solo show.  (Free/Gratis)

Brubeck Festival 2015 presents The Pacific Mambo Orchestra

10/16 - 7:00 p.m. at the Stockton Civic Auditorium
2014 GRAMMY® Winner the Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 20 piece, San Francisco based musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big band Sound. Join us at 7pm for Salsa lessons followed by an 8pm concert. Tickets ($25) and information at BrubeckInstitute.org.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Noche de Música Concert

10/17 - 8:00-10:00pm in the Bechtel International Center 
A celebration of Latin culture for the Pacific and Stockton communities through live Latin American and Spanish music featuring the LA-based trio, Los Tres Músicos, performing folk and popular music from all corners of the Spanish speaking world. The group gives short narrative introductions to many of the songs, provides lyrics so that the audience can sing along, encourages participation and takes song requests. 


Don't miss any of these wonderful opportunities to celebrate Latino Heritage and Culture.

Download the 2015 Latino Heritage Month Flyer

Check out Latino Heritage Month Events at Calendar.Pacific.edu

For more information call the Latina/o Community Outreach Office in Raymond Lodge at 209.946.7705.

The 2015 Latino Heritage Month Celebration is sponsored by: University of the Pacific, Latino Community Outreach, Latin American Studies Program, Modern Languages, Pacific Arts & Lectures Committee, Familia Latina de Pacific, Multicultural Affairs, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, LULAC, M.E.Ch.A, SHPE, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc., Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc, ASuop, the University Library and Danzantes de Pacific.