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Latino Symposium to Celebrate Freedom and Responsibility

Published on March 6, 2013

Freedom and Responsibility: Latino Perspectives is the theme of Susquehanna University’s 18th Annual Latino Symposium, scheduled for March 11–16.Latino Symposium The symposium will focus on the people and culture of Brazil and the Andean region of South America, according to Leona Martin, professor of Spanish and symposium director.

Attendees can explore Latino culture through exhibits, film, student presentations, lectures, workshops, guest speakers and more. The following events are free and open to the public:

An exhibit on Brazilian Copoeira and Carnaval will be displayed March 11–16 in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center’s Mellon Lounge.

A screening of the movie “Madeinusa,” directed by Claudia Llosa, will be held on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. The film covers themes of nation, race, identity, family, inclusion and gender. A discussion with the audience will follow.

On March 14 at 1 p.m., Susquehanna’s Spanish-language students will present a bilingual, one-act play, “El Soldado Razo,” in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. The play depicts the tragedy facing a Mexican-American family whose son is sent to fight in the Vietnam War.

A Capoeira and Latin dance workshop will be held March 15 at 1 p.m. in the university’s O.W. Houts Gymnasium, in the James W. Garrett Sports Complex. The workshop, with Assistant Professor of History María Muñoz, will teach students about the history and movements of Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art created mainly by descendants of African slaves that combines elements of dance and music. It will also include traditional Latin dances such as salsa and merengue, featuring visiting lecturers Bibiana Hernandez-Bello, Angie Hergenreder and Paula Perez Perdomo as instructors.

An open forum titled “The Latino Vote in Pennsylvania and the U.S.” is scheduled for March 15 at 7 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. The forum will feature guest speaker Atiya Stokes-Brown, associate professor of political science at Bucknell University, and Susquehanna Assistant Professor of Political Science Todd Makse.

The Latino Symposium will conclude March 15 with a gala at 8:30 p.m. in TRAX, Susquehanna’s student nightclub on campus. The gala, hosted by the Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA), will celebrate the theme of Brazilian Carnaval and feature a presentation on Capoeira.

“The Latino Symposium is highly dynamic and touches the lives of countless Susquehanna students and the outside community,” Martin said.

For a complete list of events and any changes to the schedule, click here.

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