Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month Events

September 15 - october 15, 2013 [events listed go until October 21] 

Heritage, Diversity, Integrity, & Honor: The Renewed Hope of America. Each year from September 15 to October 15, the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America are recognized and celebrated. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan. Please see link for information on all of the events!

"Empowering Lives"

September 30, 2013
Adanti Student Center Ballroom

Join us as we welcome Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Carmen Elisa Espinosa, the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in the state of Connecticut. Justice Epinosa has been honored by the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission of Connecticut. 

This event will also include Latin dishes and live entertainment. 

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center, with support from Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and the SCSU Common Read Committee. 

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 203-392-5888.


Friday, 4 October  -Engleman Hall C112

5pm Caito. (Guille & Caíto Pfening. Argentina, 2013)

 Q & A with Guille and Caíto Pfening

At the request of his brother, Caíto who has Becker Muscular Dystrophy, actor William Pfening made his first short film, Caíto, which won 1st prize in the short film competition "Georges Melies" (organized by the French Embassy and the Cinematheque Argentina) and was selected among the 10 best short films of the last decade of Argentine cinema. 

Later, William returns as a film director to his hometown with actors, cameras, lights and technical equipment for making a full-length documentary record of the day to day life of his brother. By observing the relationships among their father, Caíto’s female kinesiologist, and the other women and friends in Caíto’s life, William discovers that Caíto has a deep desire to be a father himself. From that moment, William presents Caito with an opportunity to create a fictional story in which he is the protagonist of his idyllic dream to start a family. The film relates a provocative, affectionate adventure among Caíto (30) Suzuki (30) and Anita (10). The three escape their reality and embark on a journey on a quadraped scooter through the fields of pampas, fulfilling Caíto’s dream of having a family. When the film is coming to a close, William interrupts this fiction, playing the dual role of director and brother, giving Caíto, the decision of how to end this film which portrays his life. Caíto looks at the camera and expresses himself. The commercial release of Caito, is scheduled for October 2013 in Argentina.


7pm Amor crónico  (Jorge Perugorría, Cuba/USA, 2012, 80 min.) 

Q&A with Mirtha Ibarra, Cucú Diamantes, and Andrés Levin (composer) 


Amor crónico follows the flamboyant Grammy nominated Cuban-born and New York based singer CuCú Diamantes on her tour around Cuba. The film interweaves footage of live musical performances with a fictional love story narrative. The result is an energetic display of CuCú Diamantes' glamorous performance style with a fresh Latin soundtrack and comical twist. It is at unique road movie and portrait of a Cuban artist traveling back to her roots. (SCSU)


OCTOBER 17, 2013
7:30PM - 1:00AM

 The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) will be holding its Annual Noche De Gala Dinner Dance on October 17th. Noche De Gala is the much anticipated annual fundraising event in which all proceeds go to benefit incoming or current Latino first year students, providing scholarships in $500 increments. This event is supported by the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE).  

Each year Noche De Gala highlights a different Latin country.  This year we pay tribute to Mexico and celebrate Mexican culture.  The theme, “Down to Fiesta”, is a night of Hispanic foods and dancing to a variety of music (not just Spanish). 

The Dance is on Thursday October 17, 2013 from 7:30pm – 1:00am.  Tickets are $10 for SCSU Students, $15 Faculty/Staff & Outside Guests.

 **SCSU students, Faculty & Staff may purchase tickets with their Hoot Loot card or with cash by visiting or calling the box office at (203) 392-6154 from 11:00am – 5:00pm daily. Must present valid SCSU ID when picking tickets up at box office. 

Online tickets may be purchased at www.tickets.southernct.edu  

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

October 21, 2013
Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be discussing her autobiography, "My Beloved World" as part of the Common Read for first-year students at SCSU. All are welcome.