UWM’s Roberto Hernández Center (RHC) presents the 11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration from mid-September to mid-October.
“People of Latino/Hispanic heritage have been on the North American continent since the 16th century,” says Luis C. Saavedra, outreach specialist with the Roberto Hernández Center. “While Latino/Hispanic is a shared ethnicity, we also honor our African and pre-Columbian indigenous roots.”
Saavedra points out that there continues to be great impact by Latinos on the social, cultural, educational, and economic fabric of the United States. “The more we as a people learn from each other, the greater our nation will become. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Roberto Hernández Center brings enrichment opportunities to the UWM community and beyond.”
Most of the scheduled cultural and educational events will be held on the UWM campus and are free and open to the public. The PALM scholarship fundraiser requires ticket purchase.
For more information, visit the center’s website at www.uwm.edu/rhc/events/. The center is located in Bolton Hall, room 183.
UMOS MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL
Join UWM in the parade. Meet on South 20th Street and West Oklahoma Avenue, then walk to the UMOS (United Migrant Opportunity Services) Center, 2701 S. Chase Ave., to join the festival. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Additional information: 414-229-6156.
Monday, Sept. 16:
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH KICKOFF
Connect with the Latino community on campus. Learn more about campus programs, involvement opportunities and student organizations. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Spaights Plaza.
Tuesday, Sept. 17:
A CALL TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MARROW DONATION
You could save the life of 7-year-old Leilani by joining BeTheMatch registry. More people of multicultural backgrounds are needed to join the registry for a chance to allow someone to live longer. Learn more about bone marrow donation. This project is inspired by a participant in the Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Union Ballroom. Co-sponsors: BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program.
Thursday, Sept. 19:
THE SPANGLISH BAND WITH Ahora!
Bring your dancing shoes! Ahora! Latin Dance Organization will be offering free dance lessons. 8-11 p.m. Union Gasthaus.
“All She Can” (2011). Luz Garcia, a high school senior in a forgotten Texas town, wants something different than the options awaiting her after graduation. She’s earned a ticket out with admission to the University of Texas at Austin, but she can’t afford to go. Her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship. It’s all or nothing for Luz…until nothing stares her in the face. 6-7:30 p.m. Union Alumni Fireside Lounge.
Saturday, Sept. 28:
THIRD ANNUAL PALM: PROMOTING ACADEMICS IN LATINO MILWAUKEE
Join this annual scholarship fundraiser. Enjoy food from a variety of local restaurants, acts by Latino comedians and dancing with the Spanglish Band. Admission in advance or at the door: $50/general public or $25/current students. 5:30-11:30 p.m. Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Additional information: 414-229-6156, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.palm.uwm.edu.
Monday, Sept. 30:
“Tortilla Soup” (2001). Semiretired Mexican-American chef Martin Naranjo (Hector Elizondo) shares a suburban Los Angeles home with his three adult daughters. Although he has lost the senses of smell and taste since his wife’s death, he still cooks elaborate, multicourse meals for his family and friends. The women humor their father’s old-fashioned ways, but each is searching for fulfillment outside the family circle. 6-7:30 p.m. Union Alumni Fireside Lounge.
Tuesday, Oct. 1:
LATINA STUDENT RECEPTION
Join us for an evening of inspiration and fellowship for Latina students at UWM. Panelists will present their stories of personal achievement and/or transformation, highlighting strategies for standing up for oneself and for others, and responding to questions and comments from event participants. The evening will begin and end with time to socialize; light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. 6-8 p.m. Union Alumni Fireside Lounge. Co-sponsored by the UWM Women’s
Dance to some tropical sounds with your friends and family! Salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia will be some of the featured dances. 7-11:30 p.m. Union Ballroom.
Friday, Oct. 4:
“Harlistas: An American Journey” (2011). This documentary profiles Latino motorcycling culture in the United States. It captures the bond between Harlistas, their motorcycles and their families. Being a Harlista is about overcoming obstacles, grabbing life by the handlebars and experiencing the camaraderie of the open road. Admission: $5/museum members; $8/nonmembers. Doors open at 7 p.m.; movie begins at 8 p.m. Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St.
“Things We Lost in the Fire” (2007). A recent widow invites her husband’s troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss. 7-7:30 p.m. Union Alumni Fireside Lounge.
Friday, Oct. 11:
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AWARD
Each year, the Roberto Hernández Center recognizes the achievements of a local leader. This year’s honoree is Raoul Deal, artist, educator and senior lecturer in the Peck School of the Arts. 6-8:30 p.m. Hefter Conference Center. To R.S.V.P., call 414-229-6156.
Monday, Oct. 14:
“Bless Me, Ultima” (2013). A drama set in New Mexico during World War II, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village. 6-7:30 p.m. Union Alumni Fireside Lounge.