The Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) program will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a week full of fun events and festivities to raise awareness of Latin American culture and to highlight the region’s amazing artistic and cultural accomplishments. Semana LACS is usually held every year in November on campus around the holiday Día de los Muertos—The Day of the Dead—but this year, LACS chose to celebrate Hispanic culture and tradition in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage month.
Students will be able to experience firsthand many aspects of Latin American culture through the events featured on our campus, from delicious food to rhythmic music. On Friday, September 30, Fiesta Hispana will be held at Casa Iberia at 4 p.m. Students in Spanish classes will present artwork and other cultural presentations.
Ashley Kistler, director of the LACS program, hopes to receive a great turnout during this week of events. As Dr. Kistler stated, “It is important to honor Latin America’s cultural legacy, especially living here in Central Florida where we have many people of Latin American origin.”
LACS will continue its annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Wednesday, November 2. Students are encouraged to honor and celebrate those that have passed by bringing photos of deceased loved ones and their favorite dishes to place on an altar. This event is open for all students to come and enjoy a day of love, life, peace, and tamales (traditionally served on this holiday). The celebration will be held on the patio of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at 5 p.m.