Hope College has scheduled a series of activities in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.
A panel presentation will examine "Latinos in West Michigan" on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium. Participants include Nereida Garcia, principal of Washington Elementary School; Tino Reyes, executive director of Latin Americans United for Progress; and Dr. Cliff Welch, associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University.
A total of three films will be presented through the college's Dialogue on Race and Latino Film Series. The film "U.S. Immigrants: A Multicultural Journey," a historical look at immigration in the United States, will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. The film "The Forgotten Americans," an in-depth look at Las Colonias, impoverished Latin American communities in America, will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. The film "Understanding Our Differences," an exploration of the cultural differences of two neighboring families, the Petersons and the Garcias, will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. All three films will be shown in the Maas Center conference room.
Dr. Jesus Montano, assistant professor of English at Hope, will present the academic symposium "Border Crossing in Literature, Art, and Film" on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room.
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs Saturday, Sept. 15, through Monday, Oct. 15.