|United Dreamers will have a table at Cuyamaca's event.|
The Grossmont College Latino Film Festival and a Cuyamaca College Latinx Heritage Celebration kick off an array of special events honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at the two East County colleges from mid-September to the end of October.
All events are open to the public and free, with the exception of “Salsa Under the Stars.”
Grossmont College events include:
· Every Tuesday Sept. 19-Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Building 26, Room 220: The Latino Film Festival explores Latino/a culture and history. See end for details.
· Thursday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Griffin Gate: .Marisol Clark-Ibañez, associate professor of sociology at California State University, San Marcos, speaking on “Undocumented Latino Youth-Realities and Strategies.”
· Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, Hyde Art Gallery: Painter Marianela De La Hoz’s “Tiempos Complicados” art exhibit. Meet the artist Thursday, Sept. 28, 4-7 p.m.
· Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Main Quad: “Salsa Under the Stars,” a scholarship fundraiser for the music department, featuring salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 for students.
· Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1-2 p.m. in the Griffin Gate: A presentation about illustrator Gabe Eltaeband and a discussion about the Star Wars comic book artist's career path in the comic book industry.
· Thursday, Oct. 12, 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the Main Quad: Community activist Eduardo “Kiki” Ochoa discusses strategies for overcoming educational and personal challenges that affect people of color in higher education.
Cuyamaca College events include:
· Thursday, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Grand Lawn:
LatinX Heritage Month College Hour featuring music, poetry, dancing and food by Ballet Folklorico Aztlan, poet Jim Moreno, DJ Rambo, and Your Taco Connect.
· Thursday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Student Center, Room I-207/208: Sociology instructor Raquel Jacob-Almeida and history instructor Moriah Gonzalez-Meeks present “Immigrants in the Media,” a short presentation followed by a group discussion of how immigrants are depicted in the media.
· Tuesday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room I-207: Title V Activity Director John Escobedo presents “Corridos: Resistance through Music” on the music and the politics of resistance in Chicano history.
· Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room I-207: A panel sponsored by student government and Student Affairs, Student Success and Equity to enlighten Cuyamaca College students about the Latinx experience.
· Monday, Oct. 9, 2-3 p.m. in the Student Center, Room I-207/208: The Latinx Heritage History Panel with presentations by Javier Gonzalez-Meeks, “Christopher Columbus: First Contact;” Moriah Gonzalez-Meeks, “Conquest in Ancient Mexico: Malintzin and Cortes;” and John Escobedo, “Mexican Mestizaje and the Sistema de Castas.”
· Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Student Center, Room I-104: Leave photographs and non-perishable food at the Dia de los Muertos altar. A short presentation on the holiday and altar, followed by food, music, and discussion, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-noon.
Hispanic Heritage Month was officially decreed by President Ronald Reagan on Aug. 17, 1988, expanding on National Hispanic Heritage Week, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Sept. 17, 1968. Sept.15 was chosen as the starting point for Hispanic Heritage Month because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.
Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive and Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.
Grossmont College Latino Film Festival
· Sept. 19: Zoot Suit (1981) Directed by Luis Valez, Rated R; Host: Raymundo Quezada, Cross-Cultural Studies; Parking code: 116
· Oct. 3: Real Women Have Curves (2002) Directed by Patricia Cardosa. Rated PG-13 Host: Sue Gonda, history instructor; Parking code 6614
· Sept. 26: El Norte (1984) Directed by Gregory Nava. Rated R; Host: Noel Puga, Dream Center counselor; Parking code 229
· Oct. 10: Food Chains (2014) Directed by Sanjay Rawal. Not Rated; Hosts: Pearl Lopez, EOPS counselor and Barbara Gallego, acting director of Student Activities; Parking code 7784
All screenings are free and open to the public. They start at 5:30 p.m. in Bldg. 26, Room 220. Enter parking codes in parking permit machines for free parking.