Office of Multicultural Affairs Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Jose Curbelo and Friends
September 15, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Office of Multicultural Student
Affairs will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today, with a showing
of the DVD The African Presence in Mexico. Provided by the National Museum of Mexican Art, the DVD will play in the hallway
between the Davidson and Henning Rooms in the Memorial Center (104 University St.,
Bloomington). Students interested in the historical and cultural context of the DVD
are encouraged to visit the Multicultural Center (1405 N. Park St., Bloomington) for
The Sept. 15 start date of Hispanic Heritage Month honors the independence day of
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Each celebrates 187 years
of independence from Spain.
The celebration also honors the Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 anniversaries of Mexican and
Chilean independence, respectively. Both countries have been independent of Spanish
rule for 198 years.
Further activities include hosting Jose Curbelo and Friends as they perform accordion
dance music from Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7
p.m. in the Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center. The group expects audience
participation to enhance their performance.
The University will also celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through a poster campaign
commemorating Latino artists, entertainers and Nobel Prize winners. Throughout the
month the posters will be updated and on display in the Memorial Center.
In time for the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Action Research Center announced
that a new Latino Radio show will be aired for the Bloomington-Normal area with the
participation of WESN 88.1 FM, IWU’s student-run radio station. Illinois Wesleyan
students and hosts Marita Calderon and Jocelyn Martinex will air their first show
this Wednesday, Sept. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. With a focus on the local Latino community,
the show will be held completely in Spanish.
For more information on IWU’s Multicultural Center and Office of Multicultural Student
Affairs and to learn a daily Hispanic Heritage Month fact, visit www.iwu.edu/multicultural/index.html.
Contact: Nicole Travis ’11, (309) 556-3181