The Latino Heritage Month events include:
- Thursday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Quad, Grossmont College: History professor Carlos Contreras will share the history of 16 de Septiembre, Mexico’s Independence Day. Music provided by Mariachi Imperial de San Diego. HOLA Club will be selling food.
- Thursday, Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Cuyamaca College in front of B Building: Cuyamaca College holds an entertaining Latino Heritage Month Celebration with a keynote address by longtime educator Maria Garcia, author of “The History of Neighborhood House in Logan Heights;” Mariachi Garibaldi; DJ Eflex; a Food Fest and free salsa bar from Sarita’s Taco Shop.
- Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10-11 a.m., Cuyamaca College Cross Cultural Center, I-128 in the Student Center: Dr. Tanis Starck, director of Intercultural Relations at San Diego State University, will lead a Latino Heritage Celebration Workshop presenting Latino//Hispanic Americans as an ethnic group, rather than a racial group, comprised of individuals from over 20 different countries.
- Tuesday nights, Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Grossmont College Bldg. 26, Room 220: The Latino Film Festival explores Latino/a culture and history and is coordinated by the Latin@ Alliance. The free screenings are at 7 p.m. every Tuesday Sept. 20-Oct. 11 in Building 26, Room 220 at Grossmont College.
- Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2-3 p.m. Cuyamaca College Student Center Room I-207: A Cuyamaca College Latin@ Heritage History Panel, presented by the History, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, with the following lectures:
- Moriah Gonzalez-Meeks, assistant professor of history, “Isabel de Guevara and Catalina de Erauso: Colonist and Conquistadora.”
- Terry Valverde, “A Woman Alone, Apolinaria Lorenzana: Ranchero, Teacher and California’s La Beata.”
- Leonor Perez, “Con Alma y Corazon: The History of Women in Mariachi Music”
- Wednesday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.- noon, Grossmont College Griffin Gate, Building 60: Multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Bocafloja will present his new documentary “Nana Dijo,” about race relations, the decolonial narrative and the African diaspora in Latin America studies. A Q&A will follow the presentation.
- Thursday, September 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in Grossmont College’s Main Quad: Ballet Folklórico Real de San Diego performs traditional Mexican dancing. Club EOPS will be selling food.
- Thursday, September 29, from 2-3:15 p.m. in Grossmont College Griffin Gate: Matt de la Pena, first Latino winner of the Newbery Award, leads a discussion of personal identity, American culture and free speech as part of Banned Book/Banned Lives week. Sponsored by The World Arts and Cultures Committee.
- Thursday, Oct. 6, Grossmont College: Afro-Cuban Band (Tentative)
- Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theater: “Blood Wedding,” a play by Garcia Lorca about a family feud driven by the death of one father at the hands of the other. Performed in English and Spanish. For tickets, call (619) 644-7234 or purchase online or at the door.
- Thursday, Oct. 13, noon-1 p.m. in Grossmont College’s Main Quad: Aztec dancers
Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive and Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.