Wellesley College Celebrates Latina Month 2010

March 30, 2010

CONTACT: Molly Tarantino
mtaranti@wellesley.edu; (781) 283 2901

WELLESLEY, Mass.— From Bolivian dance troupes to telenovela-style skits, Wellesley College will celebrate Latina culture and the diversity of its student body with a variety of festivities and educational opportunities this spring.

“Latina Month presents a great opportunity to celebrate and expose the campus community to the richness of our varied Latin culture,” said Mared Alicea-Westort, advisor to Latina students and director of multicultural programs and services at Wellesley.

Emmy-award winning journalist Sandra Guzman, a former associate editor of The New York Post, will kick off the series with the lecture, “Latinas Beyond Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez,” Wednesday, March 31, at 7 pm in Collins Cinema on the Wellesley College campus. The author of The Latina’s Bible: The Nueva Latina’s Guide to Love, Spirituality and La Vida, Guzman will discuss Latinos and their contributions beyond popular culture in the United States.

On Saturday, April 10, special guests Fraternidad Folklorica Boliviana, a Bolivian dance and music troupe, will perform at the “Latina Cultural Show: A Wellesley Telenovela.”

“The Latina Cultural Show has for the last eight years demonstrated the beauty and variety of Latin American and Latino culture,” Alicea-Westort said. “This year’s show will accomplish this through the use of telenovela-style skits that incorporate political and cultural themes, dances, poetry readings, musical performances and outside performers.”

Upcoming events in celebration of Latina Month:

• On Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 pm in Pendleton West 212, Puerto Rican filmmaker and author Frances Negrón-Muntaner will discuss her work as a filmmaker and the history and future of Latino film making and popular culture in a lecture, “ Art, Music, and the Latinization of U.S. Culture.” She has won critical acclaim for her film Brincando el Charco, which focuses on immigration, race, sexuality and the struggles of being a Latina in New York in the early 1990s. She teaches at Columbia University.

• On Sunday, April 25, at 8 pm in Slater House, Latina students will present "Latina Café," talking about their experiences at Wellesley and answering any questions prospective students may have during their visit to Wellesley.

• On Tuesday, April 27, at 6 pm in Pendleton West 212, Chicana scholar Norma Cantú, a writer in the English department at University of Texas in Austin, will speak about her award-winning book, Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, which chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. She will also discuss her work with the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa. Cantu has been a pioneer for Latina professors and the field of Latina studies.

• On Friday, April 30, at 6:30 pm in Keohane Sports Center 202, a Salsa Workshop will be presented by the Casino Rueda MIT Dance Group.

• On Tuesday, May 4, at 7 pm, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, actor and spoken word artist, will present a program at a location to be announced. Hernandez-Kolski has performed on HBO’sRussell Simmons Presents Def Poetry , and appeared in the films Hancock andThe Soloist.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mared Alicea-Westort at maliceaw@wellesley.edu.

Directions and a map of Wellesley College are available online at http://new.wellesley.edu/Admin/travel.html. Free parking is available in the Davis Parking Facility.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries.