Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations set

Published on: September 11, 2008

Join Lone Star College-CyFair for several Hispanic heritage celebrations in September and October at the Barker Cypress campus.

Among the events are a new student luncheon Sept. 16, two author presentations and book signings Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, a documentary viewing Oct. 1, a tamales presentation Oct. 8 and a Día de la Raza event Oct. 13.

The community is welcome to hear Stephanie Elizondo Griest describe her “escape” from South Texas to become a globe-trotting foreign correspondent, human rights activist, and author. She will share how she combated racial, gender, and cultural stereotypes along the way. Her presentation includes a performance from her award-winning memoirs “Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana” and “Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines.” Following the 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 presentation is a reception, book signing and drawing for copies of her book. (RESCHEDULED to Oct. 20)

Co-sponsoring this event is X-Présate (the Hispanic Student Organization), Windows on the World, the Harris County Public Library LSC-CyFair Branch and the LSC-CyFair English Department. For information, contact Valerie Peyer at 281-290-3910.

Specializing in Mexican-American and Texas history, Raúl A. Ramos, author and University of Houston assistant professor of history, will present “Battle Without End: Public Discourses of the Texas War.” Ramos said this presentation “unravels the multiple meanings of the Texas Revolution in contemporary society. The debate provides a window into the insertion of race, nationalism and identity into interpretations of the past.” Following the 11:30 a.m. Sept. 25 presentation, Ramos will sign copies of his book and there will also be a drawing for copies of his book.

Co-sponsoring this event are the LSC-CyFair History Department, Harris County Public Library LSC-CyFair Branch and Windows on the World. For information, contact Robert O’Brien at 281-290-3257.

In October, there will be the Oct. 1 documentary viewing of “Chicano! A History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement” (call 281-290-3910) as well as  LSC-CyFair’s Learning, Inspiration, Fellowship, and Enrichment (L.I.F.E.) program Hat Tamale, a culinary art of making tamales with Paula Gonzales Oct. 8 (call 281-290-3213.) To celebrate Día de la Raza, X-Présate will host an open mic event Oct. 13 for participants to share their favorite poems or literary excerpts of Latino/a writers or original works. For information, contact Peyer at 281-290-3910.

Check out the events calendar at CyFair.LoneStar.edu for information.