The Latino Resource Center and the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies organize academic, social, cultural and professional events for the NIU student body and community to celebrate Latino Heritage Month. This year’s activities will highlight Latino music and history. All events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events visit: www.niu.edu/latinostudies
October 11: Eric Van Young, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego will discuss the social and cultural history of Mexican independence. “In Mexico There Are No Mexicans: Decolonization and Modernization, 1750-1850” will be at 10 a.m., followed by a lecture “It’s Not Your Grandpa’s Revolution: The Social and Cultural History of Mexican Independence” at 5 p.m.; both presentations are scheduled to take place at the Latino Center Room 121.
October 15: Daniel Hernandez Jr., former intern of Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords is this year’s keynote speaker. He will take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. He will talk about being from a poor background, Latino and gay during his childhood and how those experiences prepared him for his life saving actions.