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Sept. 25, 2013
Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through with a series of events and activities, highlighted by an Oct. 4 performance of the Tami Tango Trio.
Other events include a Zumba fitness session, interactive discussions and a film showing discussion. The series is sponsors by Northwest’s Office of Intercultural Affairs. All events are free and open to the public.
The Tami Tango Trio, an internationally acclaimed Argentine music and dance ensemble, will perform its authentic tango music at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The Trio’s performance is funded by a grant from the Office of the Provost at Northwest.
Eduardo Tami organized the group as a trio 11 years ago. Now, the ensemble consists of five Argentine musicians and performers who tour the United States to share the rich history and style of tango music and dance.
The community is invited to a free tango lesson with the dance troupe at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Ron Houston Center. All participants must wear leather soled dance shoes or have socks to participate.
Additionally, Northwest employees and students are invited to attend one of the dance troupe’s demonstration classes in the Martindale Hall gymnasium. The classes will be at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, and at 9:30 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
Northwest’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration kicks off with a Hispanic identity discussion, presented by Dr. Eric Dickey, an assistant professor of modern languages at Northwest, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Student Union Meeting Room C. The discussion will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about different Hispanic identities.
The Northwest community also is invited to an evening of Zumba Fitness, presented by Northwest Student Development Specialist Margaret Sebastian, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Student Union Ballroom.
The series continues with “Before Night Falls,” which stars Academy Award nominee Javier Bardem as a Cuban writer imprisoned for his writings and his homosexuality. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the television on the second floor of the Student Union and be followed by a discussion.
Northwest’s Hispanic Heritage Month will conclude with “Soup and Substance: Recruitment Discussion on Hispanic American Students,” an interactive conversation about the changing demographics of the United States and how the Northwest might better serve the growing Hispanic population of future college students. Northwest’s intercultural and international programming team will lead the discussion from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Student Engagement Center. Soup will be provided.
The national recognition for Hispanic Heritage Month dates to 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson recognized the first Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later, President Ronald Regan expanded the week to cover the 30-day period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with the start date marking the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. For more information about the national celebration visit http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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