Bemidji State Community Celebrates Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

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Bemidji State University’s Department of World Languages and Indigenous Studies will host several activities between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 in celebration of National Hispanic/Latinx Month.

Each year, BSU’s Spanish program organizes events for the BSU community to celebrate the cultures of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The celebrations are also designed to honor five Central American countries who celebrate their independence in September – Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

This year, virtual events have been planned to continue the celebration amidst COVID-19. Activities include lectures from Dr. Dan Allosso, assistant professor of history, and Dr. Vivian Delgado, assistant professor of indigenous studies, as well as a film discussion.

Delgado’s lecture, which occurred on Sept. 22, discussed the influence that the Spanish language has in indigenous cultures. Allosso’s lecture, “Christopher Columbus: Heroic Discoverer or Genocidal Invader” will address and explore the controversies surrounding Christopher Columbus. His lecture is set for Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. over Zoom.

The film discussion, on the movie “Dolores,” will be held on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. over Zoom. The movie will be streamed and a discussion, led by Dr. Lunt, Assistant professor of Philosophy and Dr. López-Aguilera, assistant professor of Spanish,  on racial and labor justice will follow. The movie is sponsored by the Student Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Diversity Funding of the Office of Student Life and Success.

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