Institute for Latino Studies | February 22, 2020
This year the Institute for Latino Studies is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its founding. The celebration will take place on Friday, April 17, in Corbett Family Hall’s Downes Club on campus.
ILS’s 20th anniversary celebration will feature a main program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., an evening cocktail party and, to cap off the night, a performance by Mariachi Herencia de México from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30pm at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
The Latin Grammy-nominated group of young musicians from Chicago are known for their dynamic reworking of this festive folk style native to Mexico. At the same time they pay homage to its long tradition, collaborating with veteran superstars like Aida Cuevas and Pedro Fernández. In selecting Mariachi Herencia de México, the ILS seeks to highlight the continuing contributions and cultural resiliency of Latinos at Notre Dame across generations.
In 1999, the ILS opened its doors under the direction of Gilberto Cárdenas, a professor of Sociology who came to Notre Dame from the University of Texas at Austin. Cárdenas, who earned his doctorate at Notre Dame under pioneering scholar Julián Samora, was chosen following a two-year process by a special committee tasked with devising a Hispanic American Studies Program at Notre Dame.
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