Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually Sept. 15–Oct. 15, is a time to honor and recognize the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans. From music and art to literature and film, the influence of Hispanic Americans adds an undeniable richness and depth to the American tapestry.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, several College of Charleston departments, offices and programs are sponsoring events ranging from the Multicultural Festival, sponsored by the CofC Hispanic-Latino Club, to the Hispanic Studies Career Seminar Series featuring alumnus and author Levi Spark ’13whose book Border Hacker was recently published.
1. Bienvenidos a Miami: How Latinx Jews Remake the Jewish Mainstream
Sept. 18, 2022, 10–11 a.m., in the Jewish Studies Center’s Arnold Hall (96 Wentworth St.) and online via Zoom. Almost three-quarters (72%) of the population in Miami-Dade County is of Latinx/Hispanic origin. Spanish of various accents can be heard in supermarkets, schools and synagogues. Miami has the largest influx of Jewish immigrants from Latin America, immigrants who have entered the community at a pivotal point when existing congregations, schools and Jewish community centers have been losing members. Laura Limonic, assistant professor of sociology at the College of Old Westbury of the State University of New York, will discuss how Latin American Jews, with their strong commitment to communal ties and institutions, have invigorated existing communities while forging new identities as pan-ethnic Latinx Jews. This event is sponsored by the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program in partnership with the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the Department of Religious Studies.
2. Book Reading: Spanish Exploration and Settlement in the Southeastern United States, 1514-1587by Chester B. DePratter
Sept. 22, 2022, 5:30–6:30 p.m., in the Blacklock House (18 Bull St.). Santa Elena, on present-day Parris Island, South Carolina, was established in 1566 with the intent of making it the Florida capital. American Indian uprisings, further French intrusions and an attack by English privateer Francis Drake resulted in its abandonment. Join the Department of Hispanic Studies for a reading of the book Spanish Exploration and Settlement in the Southeastern United States, 1514–1587by Chester B. DePratter. Reception to follow.
3. Hispanic Heritage Night
Sept. 23, 2022, 7–9 p.m., at Patriots Point Complex. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Department of Hispanic Studies is pleased to participate with the Charleston Battery Football Club in their Hispanic Heritage Night festivities. The match between the Charleston Battery and the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros will feature Spanish play-by-play announcers throughout the game, a pre-match celebration in the Battery Pavilion and exclusive Hispanic Heritage Battery apparel.
4. Multicultural Festival
Sept. 23, 2022, 7–8 p.m., in the Cistern Yard. With support from the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the CofC Hispanic-Latino Club will host the Multicultural Festival as part of the school’s Weeks of Welcome. There will be club tables, food trucks, music and carnival games.
5. Lecture: “Charleston’s Earthquake of 1886 in the Journalist Imaginary of Cuban Poet and Patriot José Martí”
Oct. 6, 2022, 5:30 p.m., in the Blacklock House (18 Bull St.). Círculo Hispanoamericano de Charleston presents a talk by Asela Laguna, emerita professor at Rutgers University, in both English and Spanish. The talk centers in exploring the role of Cuban poet and patriot José Martí in retelling and describing Charleston’s earthquake of 1886 to the Spanish-speaking readerships. A reception will follow. Free and open to the public, the event is co-sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.
6. Hispanic Studies Career Seminar Series: Levi Vonk ’13
Oct. 13, 2022, 4:30–6 p.m., in Addlestone Library, room 227. Vonk writes about migration, violence, otherness and borders. His first book, Border Hacker, is a work of narrative nonfiction published in April 2022 by Bold Type Books (Hachette). It is the culmination of seven years of intensive journalistic and ethnographic labor, and was written with the ambitious goal of inventing a new literary subgenre: multi-narrator nonfiction. His anthropological and photographic work has been funded by Fulbright-García Robles, Fulbright-Hays DDRA and the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, among others. He is also a UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellow.
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