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‘Fearless Latino Voices’ Converge at Annual Symposium

Published on March 6, 2012

Susquehanna University will host its 17th Annual Latino Symposium March 14-16. This year’s theme, Fearless Latino Voices, encompasses film showings, panel discussions, dance workshops and readings by guest poet Willie Perdomo, among other events that celebrate Latino culture. Most activities are free and open to the public.

The work of Brazilian photographer André Cypriano will be displayed March 12–18 in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center’s Mellon Lounge. The exhibition includes glimpses of Brazilian lives with images from three of his most compelling portfolios.

A screening of “In the Time of the Butterflies,” based on the novel by Julia Álvarez, will take place March 14 at 7 p.m. and March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. The film focuses on the lives of the Mirabal sisters and their roles in the struggle against U.S.-backed dictator Gen. Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic from the 1930s to the ‘60s. A discussion will follow the film showings.

Poetry lovers will find inspiration in “Word to Everything I Love: An Evening with Willie Perdomo” March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. The renowned poet will read from his work, based on his experiences growing up in Manhattan’s Barrio Latino, and invite discussion with audience members. On March 16, Perdomo will speak at a private Luces en la Comunidad (Lights in the Community) luncheon honoring promising Latino students from Milton, Shikellamy and Selinsgrove high schools. The select group of 11th and 12th graders identified by teachers and administrators will receive certificates in recognition of their achievements.

Two dance workshops will be held in the Apple Community Room of the Garret Sports Complex on March 16. The first, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., will be conducted by Bibiana Hernandez Bello and Itandehui Garcia Lopez, with instructor Roger Manzano holding the second from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The sessions culminate in an Evening Gala Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at TRAX, the student nightclub on campus.

A complete schedule of events is available at www.susqu.edu/academics/8685.asp.


Karen M. Jones


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