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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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The Trinity community celebrates Latinx Heritage Month—un mes de eventos culturales

by Kale Ridge '21

Trinity University kicked off Latinx Heritage Month on Sunday, Sept. 15th in partnership with the San Antonio Central Library and their celebration of a Loteria-inspired event with art, stories, prizes and activities. On campus, Trinity’s official kickoff began on Monday with a Latinx Cuisine Day sponsored by Trinity University Latino Association (TULA) where Trinity students, faculty, and staff tried dishes from different Latinx countries. 

Continuing the month-long celebration:

On Thursday, Sept. 19, playwright Laura Garaglia and performer Anahi Martella invite you to a workshop focused on the Argentinian play 74 dias de OtoñO. In a two-part session, the two will engage participants in an interactive workshop focusing on the origins of the play, the materials used, and how it all combined for the creative process on the stage. The workshop begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lupita Dominguez at rdomingu [at] trinity.edu.

Then, on Friday, Sept. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m., students are invited to join a Flash Back Friday Millennial Lotería in the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Flash Back Fridays will be themed for Latinx Heritage Month in October as well.

Following Trinity’s first week of Latinx Heritage Month, internationally renowned author Reyna Grande will read from her memoir, A Dream Called Home, and speak of her experiences as an undocumented immigrant. "Mothers, Daughters and Butterflies: A reading by Reyna Grande” will be held Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m., the Latinx Poet Showcase will highlight several poets who will share stories rooted in culture, identity, and Latinidad. There will also be an open mic portion. For more information, contact the Trinity Diversity Connection at msingh1 [at] trinity.edu.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, border artist Patricia Ruiz Bayón will discuss two of her multidisciplinary projects that foreground the sensibilities and complexities of life on the border. Experience Bayón’s Transfiguration/Transfiguración & Blood Vote/Voto de Sangre accompanied in guitar by Ray Tamez from 6 to 8 p.m. in the CSI Treehouse.

Viva las AméRicas will be the last event of Latinx Heritage month. Various performances include dancing, singing and more which will portray the culture of Latin America. The show will be followed by traditional Latin American food. This event will commemorate the end of Latinx Heritage Month with a celebration of the different parts of the culture. The event takes place Friday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Trinity University is proud to support Latinx culture on campus, in the community, and around the world. Through the Mexico, Americas, and Spain (MAS) program, students combine classroom learning with internships and courses abroad to immerse themselves in cultural experiences. And with the new global Latinx studies major, students explore the traditions and trajectories of these regions through an academic lens.

Kale Ridge is the writing intern for the Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing and a rising junior pursuing a history major. He can be reached via email at kridge [at] trinity.edu.