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Hispanic Heritage Month continues with Edward James Olmos

Date of Release: 09/20/2006

SAN MARCOS —Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations continue at Texas State University-San Marcos through Oct. 14 with keynote speaker Edward James Olmos, a symposium commemorating Juan N. Seguin, and the Fiesta de Cien Anos among other events.

The 2006-2007 Common Experience program “Protest and Dissent: Listening to the voices of America” presents renowned actor and activist Edward James Olmos on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center mall on campus. Olmos’ lecture complements the University Seminar reading of Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit, which is based on the 1943 East Los Angeles riots that are now a part of Mexican-American history.

Olmos’ lecture is free and open to the public.

The celebration of Hispanic heritage includes student organization socials. The Latina Student Faculty and Staff Social, sponsored by Latinas Unidas, will take place Sept. 28, and the Latino Student Social, sponsored by the Latino Student Association, on Oct. 4. Students will also have the opportunity to savor a variety of Hispanic dishes from Mama’s Kitchen restaurant on Oct. 6 at George’s located at the LBJ Student Center.

The Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations end with a broche de oro, including a symposium commemorating the 200th birthday of Juan N. Seguin. The “Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas” symposium will take place on Oct. 14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theatre. The Fiesta de Cien Anos culminates the Latino Presence Celebration and Hispanic Heritage Month at the LBJ Student Center ballroom from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. This celebration includes a silent auction to raise funds for Latino scholarships, dinner, and entertainment.

An additional ongoing event is the “Latino Presence at Texas State University-San Marcos: Celebrating 100 Years” exhibit in the Witliff Gallery, located at the 7th floor of Alkek Library on campus. The exhibit celebrates 100 years of Hispanic contribution to Texas State.

For additional information, contact Sandra Mayo, Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies at Texas State, at (512) 245-2361, or visit the website.