Multicultural Speaker to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
October 30, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Office of Multicultural Students Affairs will host Bobby Gonzalez
in celebration of Native American Heritage Month at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 in
the Beckman Auditorium of The Ames Library (1211 Park St., Bloomington). The event
is free and open to the public.
Gonzalez will present the program, “Somos Indios,” which examines history, art, leaders
and important events of the indigenous people of Latin America. He will discuss how
the Aztec, the Maya, the Inca, the Taino and other Native nations made important contribution
to the fields of science, math, agriculture, linguistics and cuisine. He also considers
contemporary issues like illegal aliens and the war on drugs.
Gonzalez, a multicultural motivational speaker, grew up in a bicultural environment
in the South Bronx of New York City. He is part Native American (Taino) and part Latino
(Puerto Rican) and uses his diverse background in his poetry and his storytelling.
Gonzalez has given lectures at Yale University, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks
and the University of Alabama, Huntsville. He has told his stories at Carnegie Hall,
the Museum of Television and Radio and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Gonzalez has
also performed his poetry at the National Museum of the American Indian, the University
of North Dakota and the Nuyorican Poets Caf in New York City.
Native American History Month occurs during the month of November and celebrates the
Native’s contributions to our country. “I think, especially in this country, there
are a lot of misunderstandings about our nation's history and the role indigenous
people played in the shaping of our nation,” said Nicole Brown Davis, director of
Multicultural Student Affairs. “As the first Americans, Native’s many contributions
to society should be known and celebrated.”
For additional information, contact the Office of Multicultural Students Affairs at email@example.com.
Contact: Allegra Gallian, ’09, (309) 556-3181