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September 13, 2010
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Alfredo Padilla; 1-310-578-4343
The National Hispanic University and San José's Consulate General of Mexico Honor Hispanic Heritage Month
The father of Chicano theater, Luis Valdez, speaks Oct. 6 at NHU

San José, CA - Sept. 13, 2010- The National Hispanic University (NHU) and the Consulate General of Mexico in San José are sponsoring a series of multicultural events that pay tribute to the Hispanic heritage and showcase the contribution Hispanic Americans have made to our society. This year’s theme is “Shared Heritage: Mexico and California 200 Years.”

“The events will range from film screenings to discussions about relations between Mexico and California,” said Dr. David López, president of NHU. “We want to provide insight of how the university fits into the larger community and why we value the customs and traditions of our culture.”

The National Hispanic University was founded in 1981 to meet the education needs of Hispanic students. Today, NHU extends an affordable and quality education to more than 700 students. It offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in business, education and information technology, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The 11-acre campus has excellent facilities located in California’s Silicon Valley. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

About Hispanic Heritage Month
In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to designate the week of September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, the observance was extended to a month-long celebration, from September 15 to October 15 to honor the cultures and traditions of Americans with heritage tied to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.


NHU Heritage

Additional events for Hispanic Heritage Month have been planned by NHU student groups, faculty departments and staff members in coordination with the local Consulate General of Mexico, the San Jose State University and the Santa Clara University.

NHU Events Complete Schedule:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
7:00 - 11p.m., Buck Shaw Stadium, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
San José Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

The National Hispanic University is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations by sponsoring the San José Earthquakes game against the Philadelphia Union.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
10:30a.m. - noon, The National Hispanic University Room #309, 14271 Story Road, San José
“Panel on Mexican Independence”
Join NHU faculty members as they discuss various angles of the Mexican War of Independence. Speakers are:

  • Dr. Adriana Ayala, Vice-Provost and Chair of General Education School, NHU
  • Dr. Carlos Navarro, Chair of the Liberal Studies Department, NHU
  • Dr. Carlos von Son, Latin American Literature and Arts professor, NHU

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
2:00 – 5:00 p.m., The National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Road, San José
Latino Heritage Month Presentation by playwright and community leader-- Luís Valdez
Come out for an afternoon presentation featuring acclaimed playwright, director, writer, actor and teacher Luís Valdez. Often called the “father of Chicano theatre,” Valdez is the founder and artistic director of El Teatro Campesino. Valdez has also written and directed two films: Zoot Suit, based on his play of the same name, and La Bamba, the 1987 hit movie based on the life of Mexican-American rock star Ritchie Valens.

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010
10:00a.m. - 8:00p.m. The National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Road, San José
“Ofrendas Exhibition of the Day of Dead in Mexico”
The festival of Día de los Muertos honors the enduring connection and communication between the dead and the living. Our Día de los Muertos exhibition includes traditional as well as contemporary ofrendas honoring our ancestors and leaders of the Mexican Revolution.

Thursday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
10:30 a.m. - Noon, The National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Road, San José
Film and Music Festival: “Heroes of the Mexican Revolution in Film and Song”
Come watch a documentary film about the heroes of the Mexican Revolution, starring Pancho Villa as himself with Antonio Banderas narrating.


NHU Heritage

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010
10:30a.m. - noon, The National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Road, San José
Film and Music Festival: “Heroes of the Mexican Revolution in Film and Song”
NHU faculty panel discussion: “El Corrido Mexicano and Its Evolution in Mexican American Song.” Come and join the discussion led by Manuel Peña and Pepe Villarino who will provide recorded samples from the Arhoolie Foundation collection.

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
10:30 a.m. - noon, The National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Road, San José
“A Discussion about the Life and Work of Dr. Ernesto Galarza”
Come out for a lively discussion about the life of Dr. Ernesto Galarza, who was a labor organizer, historian, professor, and community activist. Galarza was a quintessential man of all seasons. The panel of experts includes:

  • Blanca Alvarado, Santa Clara County Supervisor
  • Dr. George Castro, San José State University
  • Dr. Ramon Martinez, The National Hispanic University

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
7 – 10:00 p.m., The National Hispanic University, Latino College Academy Auditorium located at 14271 Story Road, San José
“Anenecuilco,” a play about the life of Emiliano Zapata
NHU/EUP/LCPA students and Dr. Carlos von Son will take the stage to perform Anenecuilco, a play about the life of Emiliano Zapata.

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