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Latinx Heritage Month 2021


Alejandro (Alex) Medina '22   SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

After a year like no other, La Vanguardia recognized a need to remember, reconnect, and keep moving forward. That’s why the students of the Latinx organization are focusing this year’s Latinx Heritage Month celebration on three essential cultural elements for many Latinx communities: Recuerdos (memories), raíces (roots), and renacimiento (rebirth). 

According to the group’s statement: “We all have our own unique experiences navigating and exploring our identities while on the Hill. We want to recognize that reality this Latinx Heritage Month and offer the Hamilton community a chance to center itself, reflect on the past year and celebrate where we are today, and acknowledge the influence of those who came before us.” 

In collaboration with the Days-Massolo Center and other campus partners, Latinx Heritage Month will feature programs ranging from Spanish concerts and a celebration gala, to cooking classes and spoken-word forums. Among the highlights is the second annual AfroRitmos concert series, a showcase of Black Latinx talent in celebration of the shared culture and meaning of Afro-Latinx identity. Featured artists this year include Aida Encarnación, Nano Stern, and Alisa Amador. The last concert in the series will also kickoff a year-long celebration of the Days-Massolo Center’s 10th anniversary.

Calendar of Events

Week One: September 15-September 21

  • Thursday, September 16: Cooking with La Vanguardia: Empanada Night
    • DMC Kitchen
    • 5-7pm

Week Two: September 22-September 28

  • Thursday, September 23: Cafe con Leche | Location: FoJo South and Zoom: https://hamilton.zoom.us/j/94659690149 | 6pm

    In an effort to build partnerships that truly recognize and celebrate cultural, heritage and identity months, the Days-Massolo Center has helped bring together the Latinx Heritage Month committee to organize meaningful celebrations, lectures, workshops and various co-curricular programming for the month. Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), is a celebration of the various cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. La Vanguardia (LV), a student organization which has built a community for Latinx students on the Hill for over 35 years, is one of the groups leading this committee in an effort to continue building an environment that is representative of and welcoming to students of Hispanic/Latinx descent. Currently, the month is set to feature AfroRitmos, an Afro-Latinx concert series, as well as LV traditions such as the spoken word Cafe con Leche and the annual gala Latin Ball. 

    Join us for our kick-off Afro-Latinx concert series, Recuerdos, where we dive into the songs that honor our antepasados, the love of family, and the joy of being reconnected with the community. 

Open to on-campus Hamilton Community of faculty, staff and students

  • Saturday, September 2: Cooking with La Vanguardia

    • 4-6pm at the DMC

    • Open to on-campus Hamilton Community of faculty, staff and students

Week Three: September 29-October 5

  • Thursday, September 30, 6-7pm: Afro Ritmos Concert featuring Nano Stern
    • Red Pitt
    • Open to on-campus Hamilton Community of faculty, staff and students

 

  • Friday, October 1, 9pm: Latin Ball
    • Events Barn
    • Students only

Week Four: October 6-October 12

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2-6pm, Latinx Heritage Month Art Walk with the Wellin Museum
    • Open to on-campus Hamilton Community of faculty, staff and students

 

  • Friday, October 8, 4:30pm: Cafecito Friday
    • Days-Massolo Center and Zoom: link to be provided
    • Open to on-campus Hamilton Community of faculty, staff and students

 

  • Saturday, October 9, 7:30pm: Latinx Heritage Month and Days-Massolo Center 10th Anniversary Celebration
    • More details to come. 
    • Open to on-campus Hamilton Community of faculty, staff and students

 

  • La Vanguardia Cooking Class, 10am-12pm
    • Days-Massolo Center
    • More details to come. 

Contact Information


Paola Lopez

Director of the Days-Massolo Center
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4252 plopez@hamilton.edu
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