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National Hispanic Heritage Month: Home

A Celebration of Latinx Culture & History--Curated by the University Libraries, the NIU Latino Resource Center & the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year between September 15 and October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the history, culture, and diverse experiences of Latinxs in the United States. First commemorated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 as “Hispanic Heritage Week,” the celebration was later expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The month-long period features the independence day celebrations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, all of which gained independence on September 15, 1821. Three other Latin American countries also celebrate their independence days during this period: Mexico (September 16), Chile (September 18), and Belize (September 21). The many contributions that Latinxs have made to the United States are commemorated during National Hispanic Heritage Month in numerous ways, including festivals, concerts, and museum exhibits.

Hispanic Heritage & NIU

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This year, we are celebrating Latinx culture and history here at NIU, with a spotlight on the Latino Resource Center and the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies.

Campus Events

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Latinx Faculty Invited to Community Art Project Reveal

Wednesday, September 15 at 5:00PM to 6:00PM, Latino Resource Center

The art project features a quote from Pedro Albizu Campos: "Aquel que no está orgulloso de su origen, no valdrá nunca nada, pues comienza a despreciarese a si mismo." The event will be held outdoors.

De Que Parte Eres!

Friday, September 17, 2021 at 7:00pm. CLLAS Building

Hosted by Lambda Theta Phi

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Adela de la Torre Latino Honor Society (ATLHS) Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 19 at 12:00 PM/  Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandberg Room.

La Fiesta De la Catrina

Monday, September 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM. Latino Resource Center.

Hosted by the Latino Student Alliance

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"Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid" William D. Lopez, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 23 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Virtual Event)

Professor Lopez is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and faculty director of Public Scholarship at the National Center for Institutional Diversity. He is the author of the book, Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid

As a clinical assistant professor, William teaches "Health Impacts of Immigration Law Enforcement in the U.S." This class focuses on the violence of immigration enforcement on the individual, family and community levels, and asks what we, as researchers and advocates, can do to address it.

Co-sponsored with Undocumented Student Support.

Banderas y color

Monday, September 27, 2021 at 5:30PM. Latino Resource Center.

Hosted by the Latino Student Alliance

Fulbright Teacher Exchange Encounter

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 5:00PM. Latino Resource Center.

Hosted by the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Grant

Guest Speaker Julissa Arce

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 5:00PM-6:00PM. Via ZOOM

Hosted by De Mujer a Mujer, LRC, CLLAS, GSRC, SGA, Office of Undocumented Support

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 at 6:00PM. Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Hosted by the Office of Undocumented Support, LRC, CBS, GSRC, CLLAS, CSGWS & Department of English

14th Annual Passport Kermes

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 7:00PM -10:00PM. Campus Life Building.

The Womyn of Alpha Sigma Omega LSI co hosting with Kappa Pi Beta Fraternity Inc. would like to invite you to our Annual Passport Kermes. This event consist of bring awareness towards Hispanic Heritage Month. We Womyn of ASO and the gentlemen of KPiB will showcase four different counties of Latin America, play games and eat delicious food.

Beta Tamales

Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 4:00PM-7:00PM. Latino Resource Center.

Hosted by Sigma Lambda Beta

LGBTQ+ Unidos

Monday, October 4, 2021 from 3:00PM-4:30PM. Holmes Student Center.

Hosted by the LRC & GSRC

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"Learning to be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics," Dr. Daisy Verduzco Reyes

Wednesday, October 13 at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Virtual Event)

Dr. Daisy Verduzco Reyes, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California Merced, will be giving a talk centered on her book: Learning to be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics.

This is a co-sponsored event with the Latino Resource Center. 

This virtual speaking engagement will be moderated by Dr. Christina Abreu (CLLAS) and Dr. Simón Weffer (Sociology/CLLAS)

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Kahoot! Game Night

Friday, October 15 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Virtual Event)

Get your game on!  It's Kahoot night with the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies.

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"The Politics of Care: Puerto Ricans, Citizenship, and Migration after 1917" Dr. Emma Amador

Wednesday, October 20 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Virtual Event)

Dr. Emma Amador is an Assistant Professor of History and Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies.  Her work focuses on Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans, and U.S. Latina/o/x History with an emphasis on women, gender, and race.

She is currently completing a book manuscript, Contesting Colonialism: Puerto Ricans and the Politics of Welfare in the 20th Century that explores the history of welfare, territorial social citizenship, and struggles for social rights in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora.  This project examines how the U.S. welfare state became a site where Puerto Ricans have fought for social justice, labor reform, and decolonization.

With funding support from:
The Graduate Colloquium Program

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Sones de Mexico presents A Musical Geography of Mexico, with Banda NIU

October 28, 2021. Banda NIU plays at 12 noon. Sones de Mexico starts at 12:30             

Sones de México Ensemble is the country’s premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican ‘son’, including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. Their mission is to promote greater appreciation of Mexican folk and traditional music and culture through innovative performance, education, and dissemination. They will be performing their program called Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography Of Mexico, in the Founders Library Gallery. Let the Grammy nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble be your guide in this special program on Mexico’s musical geography. They will be joined by Banda NIU, a student group performing the banda music of the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Sponsors: Friends of the NIU Libraries, the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, the Office of Undocumented Student Support, and the Latino Resource Center.

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Latino Dinner

Wednesday, November 17 at 6:00 PM (New Hall)

Celebrating Latino Cuisine

Treinta y tres - Sustainability, Conservation, and Environmental Justice

Friday, November 19, 2021 from 8:00AM-6:00PM (Virtual event)

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies at Northern Illinois University annual conference.

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies at Northern Illinois University invites you to submit proposals for its annual conference, “Treinta y tres,” to be held on Friday, November 19, 2021. This year’s theme is “Sustainability, Conservation, and Environmental Justice” in relation to both Latinx and Latin American experiences. We welcome proposals from faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students that engage approaches and methodologies from across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: sustainable food systems, energy studies, water, conservation of natural habitats, environmental racism, environmental discourse and ideologies, and environmental health issues.

The deadline to submit proposals (150-300 words) for papers, panels, performances, or workshops is September 15, 2021. Proposals should include a title, brief abstract, and contact information for each participant. Please also indicate if you prefer a virtual or in-person session. We will do our best to accommodate preferences, but flexibility on format will be appreciated. We are planning for a hybrid conference with both virtual and in-person activities, pending updates or changes to university Covid-19 guidelines. Email with any questions or for more information.

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