Kelli Smith | September 17, 2017
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) will be hosting six celebratory events on campus beginning Sept. 21.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is a 30-day period starting Sept. 15 that is dedicated to recognizing contributions made by Hispanic and Latino American citizens. Though the ILS hosted unofficial celebrations for it in the past, this year the organization is formally acknowledging the dedication through a variety of official events.
Luis Ricardo Fraga, the director of ILS, said the Institute’s formal acknowledgment is intended to help everyone at Notre Dame better appreciate and understand the presence of Latinos in local and national communities.
“[The month] is very important given how much misunderstanding there often is of Latino communities and what their growing presence means in the United States,” Fraga said. “Hispanic Heritage Month is one way to try to focus on all of the positive contributions that Latinos and Latino communities can bring to Notre Dame.”
According to the ILS’s website, the recognition will begin with a lecture on Sept. 21 titled “Agnostic Harmony and Transformation.” After four other events — including a special lecture with the Archbishop of Los Angeles and a musical performance by a Grammy Award-winning Chicano band — the campus-wide celebration will end on Oct. 12 with a theatrical performance centered on environmental justice in Central America, the website said.