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DCCCD Colleges Set Programs for Hispanic Heritage Month


For immediate release - Sept. 20, 2006

(DALLAS) – The Dallas County Community College District will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with several programs at DCCCD’s locations. A list is provided below by date and college:

Sept. 19 – 30: Eastfield College

In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Eastfield College library is presenting two exhibits that illustrate the wealth of influence and achievements accomplished by famous Hispanics. One exhibit, titled “Hispanic Heritage,” highlights the lives and works of Simon Bolivar, Cesar Chavez and Pablo Picasso, among others. The second exhibit, titled “20th-Century Hispanic Americans,” presents the contributions of Roberto Clemente, Nancy Lopez, Federico Pena, Antonia Hernandez, Gregory Robassa, Fernando Valenzuela and others.  Together, both exhibits reflect the positive, innovative and profound effects of Hispanic heritage on America. For more information, call (972) 860-7168 or visit

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Richland College

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to experience “500 Years of Chicano/Mexican History” hosted by the Richland College SPAR office (Student Programs and Resources) on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Fannin Performance Hall. The presenter will be Dr. Jesus “Chuy” Negrete, noted scholar and interpreter of Mexican-American folk music. Negrete uses Mexican/Chicano folk songs, poetry and other folk traditions as examples of how Mexican Americans preserve history
through songs and legends. He has performed and lectured at universities across the country, including Harvard, Stanford and Brown, and at elementary and secondary schools, community centers and libraries.

Negrete also will host a discussion and question-and-answer session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room C140. For more information, contact Wilfred Manyango in RLC’s SPAR office at (972) 238-6130.

Oct. 2, 3, 4, 6 and 11: Eastfield College

Eastfield College will celebrate Nobel prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez during the course of five days with programs in art, drama, literature and music. The celebration schedule includes:

Monday, Oct. 2 – “Los Gordos de Fernando Botero,” 11 a.m., C135
Professor Carlos Rovelo will share an “eyeful” of one of Colombia’s most interesting artists; participants are invited to explore how Botero breaks academic molds with his rotund figures.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 – “The Drama of Magical Realism,” 12:30 p.m., C135
Cecilia Flores will perform dramatic readings in both English and Spanish from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings.” Professor Christina Fox-Balli will discuss the use of magical realism and Marquez’ storytelling techniques in this powerful short story.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Multimedia presentation, 11:30 a.m., S100
The Colombian Association of the Metroplex will provide a multimedia presentation about Colombia and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; a reception will be held after the event.

Friday, Oct. 6 – “Love in the Time of Cholera,” 11:30 a.m., C135
EFC’s Maria Caratini-Prado invites participants to enjoy one of Garcia Marquez’ most delightful novels … and desserts from Colombia. Prepare your palate!

Wednesday, Oct. 11 – Musical performance, 12:45 p.m.
Colombian guitarist Irene Gomez will perform a repertoire of Latin American pieces.

(The Gabriel Garcia Marquez celebration is sponsored by EFC SPAR, the Business and Fine Arts division, the International Education Initiative, the EFC Spanish Club and the Colombian Association of the Metroplex.) For details, call (972) 860-7168.

Saturday, Oct. 7: North Lake College

North Lake College and several partners – the city of Irving, Al Dia!, La Voz del Pueblo (Radio 1270AM), LAT TV (channel 34), Debes Creer en Ti and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church – will host Feria PanAmericana. The career, education and health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 2505 W. Northgate Drive in Irving. The goal of this free event is to provide educational information and health screenings that will help save lives and improve the quality of life for community residents.  The event also will feature Latin ethnic foods, ethnic arts and crafts, plus music from several Latin American and Caribbean countries. A children’s area will attract youngsters by offering fun-filled games and activities, plus a Salsa, Bachata and Merengue party. Cultural performances will include the Peruvian Dancers, Caribbean Breeze Cuban Band, Brazilian Samba Girls, Dominican Republic Folkloric Dancers and more.

Saturday, Oct. 14: North Lake College

Representatives from North Lake College will participate in the Girl Scouts’ “Latinapalooza” and provide participants with information about attending college. A panel of NLC Latina students will talk to the Girl Scouts during their visit to the college campus and then provide a tour of the facilities.

Press contact: Ann Hatch, 214-860-2478