Spanish & Portuguese celebrates Latin American Heritage Month in October

September 28, 2020 by Berenice Villagómez

We are pleased to join in the celebrations related to the Latin American Heritage Month in our country during October 2020.

As part of our community outreach, here are some of the events we are proud to host or co-sponsor:

  • To kick off the celebrations, on September 30 we host the presentation of “X Marks the Spot”, a report with key insights about the experience of students with Latin American cultural background in the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. This report was written by students enrolled in LAS 401 – Latinos in Toronto – lead by Prof. Berenice Villagomez in Fall 2019, with support from the Innovation Hub. More information, please visit our calendar of events.
    The final report can be found on the Innovation Hub website.
  • Profs. Laura Colantoni and Ana Teresa Pérez join “Fuerza Latina” community cultural festival On October 1 to share with the Hispanic community their latest research project about children who grow up bilingual in Spanish and English. They will also publish news of the research in various Hispanic community media outlets.
  • In support of the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council, we co-sponsor a series of conversations with Canadian politicians of Latin American background. (These events are held in Spanish) On October 14, Senator Rosa Gálvez talks about “La mujer latina en la política canadiense”; on October 15, MP Pablo Rodríguez shares his insights on “Identidad, cultura y participación cívica latina en Canadá” and finally, on October 21, MP Soraya Martínez converses on “Canadá y los inmigrantes latinoamericanos”. For more information and to register for the remote meetings, please visit the HCHC website.
  • We host the book launch of “Peripheral Nerve: Health & Medicine in Cold War Latin America”, edited by Prof. Anne-Emanuelle Birn – member of the Advisory Board of our Latin American Studies program. This volume offers a significant contribution to the history of the Cold War, renews the understandings of how it unfolded in Latin America generally and in the health and medical realms more specifically. For more information and to register, please visit our calendar of events.
  • We announce the winner(s) of our first Spanish microfiction contest “El día después” on October 16. The award ceremony on October 30 closes our celebrations.

In addition, we are sharing a series of posts on our social media channels throughout the month highlighting notable Canadians of Latin American background, fun facts about the regions and more. Be sure to follow us, under the @uoftspanport handle, in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.