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Edward Schumacher-Matos, ombudsman for National Public Radio, will present the Hispanic Heritage Month keynote address.

The theme of this year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, running Sept. 15-Oct. 17, will be “Sin Fronteras (without borders).”

“The planning committee has assembled a month of programming that we hope will inspire the Lafayette community to think about the borders we create between cultures, and to find ways to deconstruct them,” says John McKnight, dean of intercultural development. “We are particularly excited about the keynote address, which will launch an important conversation about the social, economic, and political implications of U.S. immigration policies.”

The month’s keynote address, “U.S. Immigration Policy,” will be presented Sept. 27 by Edward Schumacher-Matos, who was recently named the ombudsman for National Public Radio. Schumacher-Matos has spent more than three decades as a journalist, author, columnist, publisher, and editor for publications such as The Miami Herald, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. During his career, he has covered issues in Japan, Latin America, Portugal, South Korea, and Spain. At The Philadelphia Inquirer, Schumacher-Matos was part of the team that won a 1980 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident.

On Sept. 22, Carlos Andrés Gómez, an actor, poet, and playwright, will perform a spoken word concert.  Gómez has appeared in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and on television shows like The L Word.

The month will also feature two exhibitions. El Beso de mí Arte (The Kiss of My Art), running Oct. 6-Nov. 20 in the EPI Riley Temple Gallery, will feature paintings, drawings, and prints by Mexican artist Karima Muyaes. She is serving as an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Printmaking Institute during the month of October. An exhibit spanning the 30-year career of Cuban-born photographer Maria Martinez-Cañas will run Oct. 8-Dec. 18 in the Williams Center Gallery.

Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Development and the Hispanic Society of Lafayette in collaboration with the departments of foreign languages and literatures, government and law, and history; the Experimental Printmaking Institute; the Lafayette Intercultural Networking Council; the Office of International and Off-Campus Education; the American studies, film and media studies, and Latin American and Caribbean studies programs; and the Williams Center for the Arts.

Hispanic Heritage Month Schedule

  • Sept. 22, 8 p.m. in Farinon Snack Bar: Spoken Word Concert by Carlos Andrés Gómez
  • Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. in Colton Chapel: Edward Schumacher-Matos will present the keynote address “U.S. Immigration Policy”
  • Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m. in the EPI Riley Temple Gallery in the Portlock Black Cultural Center: Opening reception for the El Beso de mí Arte (The Kiss of My Art) exhibit running through Nov. 20
  • Oct. 15, 7 p.m. in the Marlo Room: Noche de Cultura
  • Oct. 17, 4:10 pm in the Williams Center for the Arts room 108: Photographer Maria Martinez-Canas will discuss her exhibit running through Dec. 18 in the Williams Center Gallery
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