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September 5, 2001

Join CSUS in Hispanic Heritage Month Revelry

People of Hispanic heritage are a fast-growing segment of our Nation's population, and they play an integral role in the country's success in science, business, government, the arts as well as myriad other disciplines.

Photograph by Hector Amezcua of The Sacramento Bee, part of the Reflections Photo Exhibit in the University Library from Sept. 17 to Oct. 14From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 California State University, Sacramento will join the countrywide celebration of Hispanic achievements.

This will be the first year the University has celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month, which organizers hope to turn into an annual event.

A series of free and ticketed events including art exhibits, lectures, slide presentations, panel discussions, music concerts and dance concerts will take place on campus throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month. There will also be a fiesta celebration and dedication of Serna Plaza featuring music by Jose Montoya y Trio Casindio and dances by Raices de Mi Tierra.

National Hispanic Heritage Month evolved from a Congressional declaration of Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. Originally, it was celebrated during the week of Sept. 15 and 16 to cover a wide number of Independence Days for Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico.

In 1988, Congress officially extended the Hispanic Heritage holiday to 31 days. Now the celebration includes the independence of Chile on Sept. 18 and Dia de la Raza - a holiday that recognizes the first immigration of Hispanics from Europe, Africa and Asia to the Americas on Oct. 12.

For more information call (916) 278-7241 or see attached schedule of events. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

National Hispanic Heritage Month CSUS Events

Thursday, Sept. 13 Mexican Independence Celebration, mariachi music, folkloric dance, Aztec dance, speakers and art exhibits, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Serna Plaza next to the University Union.

Saturday, Sept. 15 -
Monday, Oct. 15 El Poder de Latinos en Los Estados Unidos: The Power of Latinos in the United States, book exhibit, various times, library.

Monday, Sept. 17 -
Friday, Oct. 5 "Asphalt Jungle Assemblages," paintings and mixed media exhibit, Blanca Aurora Amezcua, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, University Union Gallery. Artist's reception with music by Gardenia Azul, 4 p.m., Sept. 20.

Monday, Sept. 17 -
Sunday, Oct. 14 "Reflections," photography exhibit, Hector Amezcu from the Sacramento Bee, various times, library. Artist's reception with music by Gardenia Azul, 4 p.m., Sept. 20.

Monday, Sept. 17 "Political and Social Commentary: A Latino Perspective," lecture and slide presentation, Lalo Alcaraz, political cartoonist, noon, University Union Redwood Room.

Tuesday, Sept. 18 "The Changing Face of the Latino Community," lecture, David Leon, director of CSUS Chicano Studies, noon, University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 "A Journey: Hombre a Hombre," Francisco Reveles, lecture and slide presentation, noon, University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Thursday, Sept. 27 "Mexico: A Social and Political Panel Discussion," 12:30 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Friday, Sept. 28 "Viva la Musica!" Claudia Kitka and Gilda Taffet, concert, 8 p.m., Capistrano Hall 151. Tickets $6 general/$4 CSUS students and seniors. Tickets at CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at at (916) 766-2277.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 "Tangos and More," CSUS student ensemble concert, 4 p.m., Capistrano Hall 151.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 Lecture and book signing, Victor VillaseNor, author of Rain of Gold and Thirteen Senses, noon, Serna Plaza near the University Union.

Friday, Oct. 5 Dedication of Serna Plaza, featuring music by Jose Montoya y Trio Casindio and dances by Raices de Mi Tierra, 4: 30 p.m., Serna Plaza near the University Union.


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