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Cultural Celebration Is Focus of Susquehanna’s Annual Latino Symposium

March 9, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Susquehanna University will hold its 15th annual Latino Symposium March 18 to 19, with panel discussions, service-learning presentations, workshops and more. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Latino Identity: Voices from the Americas and the Susquehanna Valley.” All events are free and open to the public, except where noted.

The symposium will begin March 18 at 4:30 p.m. with a panel discussion titled, “What Does It Mean to Be a Latino: The Politics of Identity.” Moderated by T. Elizabeth Durden, assistant professor of sociology at Bucknell University, the panel will include four Susquehanna University professors: María L. O. Muñoz, assistant professor of history; The Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, university chaplain and associate professor of religion; John J. Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of anthropology; and Carlos A. Iudica, assistant professor of biology.

Norman Bristol Colón, director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA), will speak at an invitation-only dinner at 6 p.m. in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center meeting rooms. The dinner will honor members of the local and regional community who have taken steps to improve conditions within the Latino community.

At 8 p.m. in the university’s Stretansky Concert Hall, Susquehanna’s Department of Music will host a performance highlighting Ibero-American Music. The concert will feature faculty and staff performing works by Latin American and Spanish composers such as Francisco Mignone, Carlos Guastavino, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Manuel Fernández Caballero, Alberto Ginastera, Fermin Maria Álvarez, José Mariano Padilla, Salvador Moreno and Gordon Stout.

Events on March 19 will highlight discussions, presentations and workshops on such topics as service learning locally and in Central America, Puerto Rican identity, migrant education, Hispanic literature, English language-learning and Latin dance. For more information, including times and locations, visit www.susqu.edu/academics/8685.asp.

The day will conclude at TRAX, Susquehanna’s on-campus student club, with a gala dance at 9 p.m. featuring live music by YeraSon, a Cuban charanga orchestra from New York.

In keeping with the symposium’s spirit, Radecke will conduct Susquehanna’s Sunday worship service on March 21 in both English and Spanish. The service begins at 11 a.m. in the university’s Weber Chapel.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Karen M. Jones

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