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   MEDIA CONTACT:  Jessica Goldstein
561-297-3029, jgolds32@fau.edu

FAU Observes Hispanic Heritage Month

BOCA RATON , FL (October 7, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University continues its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events taking place at its Boca Raton campus.   Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States, and celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture.

The Hispanic Heritage Month schedule of events for FAU’s Boca Raton campus continues as follows:

Andean Poetry Reading

Thursday, October 9

7 p.m.

Dorothy F. Schmidt Center Gallery

An evening of bi-lingual poetry readings presented by undergraduate and graduate students from the Spanish studies program.

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A Bailar

Thursday, October 9

7 to 11 p.m.

Grand Palm Room

A night of dancing, food and festivities for FAU students featuring a live band for entertainment. Open to FAU students, faculty and staff.

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 “The Pros and Cons of Illegal Immigration”

Monday, October 13

3 to 4 p.m.

Sago Palm Room of the Student Union

The Association of Latin American Students will discuss the pros and cons of illegal immigration.

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Lecture by Michele Greet, Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University Art on the Andean World of Oswaldo Guayasamín

Thursday, October 16

7 p.m.

Dorothy F. Schmidt Center Gallery

Dr. Michele Greet will examine Oswaldo Guayasamín in the context of modern art and other Ecuadorian artists. She presents Indigenism not as style or theme, but rather as a constantly shifting strategy for interacting with an increasingly international art world.

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Ecuadorian Film Screenings (exhibition open before & after screenings)

Wednesday, October 22

7 p.m.

Dorothy F. Schmidt Center Gallery

“Ratas, Ratones, Rateros,” Cordero's first feature film, follows in the Ecuadorian and Latin American social realism tradition, “Ratas” invokes similar themes, images, and aesthetics seen in other recent Latin American films such as “Rodrigo D. No Futuro,” “Ciudade de Deus” and “Amores Perros.”

Wednesday, October 29

7 p.m.

 Dorothy F. Schmidt Center Gallery

“Que Tan Lejos,” the first feature film by Tania Hermida, who also worked on the award-winning films “Cronicas” and “Maria Full of Grace,” is a road movie shot in the majestic Ecuadorian Andes.

Wednesday, November 5

7 p.m.

Dorothy F. Schmidt Center Gallery

“Primer Día,” directed by Galo Recalde, and “El Poeta Suicida,” directed by Darwin Robles, will be shown. Both Miami-based Ecuadorian film-makers will present their short films, as well as host a post-screening discussion.

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For more information, contact Polly Burks at 561-297-2595 or pburks@fau.edu.  

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