|Walter Roldn will perform on Sept. 27 in the Main Lounge.
Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at IWU
September 13, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Month on Tuesday, Sept. 13, through Tuesday, Oct. 25, by hosting a variety of activities.
All events during the celebration are free and open to the public.
The national Hispanic Heritage Month formally begins on Sept. 15, which marks the
anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries--Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico celebrates its independence
on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau, over 35 million people in the United States
are Hispanic or Latino. The month is a time to celebrate those who identify themselves
as Hispanic, Latino or Spanish as well as to celebrate the independence of their native
Following are some events that will take place on the IWU campus in celebration of
• Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., Teatro Milagro of the Miracle Theatre will perform
“Cuntame Coyote” in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Center (104 E. University St.,
Bloomington). Combining folktales of the Southwest with current global issues and
the Spanish language, the Portland-based touring theatre company will tell the story
of two orphan girls lost in the deserts of the borderlands. Using drama, Teatro Milagro
will try to share the diversity of Latin America and advocate for global unity.
• Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., the Council For Latin American Student Enrichment
(CLASE) will host the annual Nuyorican Poets Caf in the Underground of the Memorial
Center. A Nuyorican, by definition, is a person of Puerto Rican descent living in
New York City. Founded circa 1973 in the East Village in New York City, the Nuyorican
Poets Cafe began as a way for Nuyoricans to share their poetry, which discussed key
issues such as poverty, race and identity. The original Nuyorican Poets Caf in New
York has emerged as one of the country’s most highly respected art organizations,
giving emerging artists who are traditionally under-represented in the media a multi-cultural
venue to exhibit their work.
• Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., Walter Roldn y Su Conjunto, a Uruguayan band will
be perform in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Center. The band will perform a type
of music found in the rural areas of Uruguay. Walter Roldn y Su Conjunto is known
by some critics as one of the country’s foremost interpreters and presenters of traditional
• Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m., the movie “House of the Spirits” will be shown in the
Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). Based on the famous novel by
Isabel Allende, “Casa de Los Espritus,” the actors, including Meryl Streep, Glenn
Close, Jeremy Irons, Winona Ryder, and Antonio Banderas, tell the tragic story of
a Hispanic family as they suffer through such trials as infidelity, political upheaval,
death and clairvoyance.
• Friday, Oct. 14 from 7:30-11 p.m., CLASE will host the annual Barrio Fiesta in the
Main Lounge of the Memorial Center. This event will feature a combination of different
types of Latin music with a chance to learn the art of salsa, bachata, merengue, rumba
For a listing of additional events, please see the University Calendar or contact
Damaris Ortiz, president of CLASE, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Brown-Davis, director of Multicultural Affairs, at email@example.com.
Contact: Taylar Kuzniar, (309) 556-3181