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Collin College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Collin College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 11, 2009 – Collin College joins the rest of the country in celebrating the many contributions of the Hispanic community.

Although the effects of those contributions are felt every day throughout the year, from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 – also known as Hispanic Heritage Month – the college honors those individuals and their contributions to our everyday living whether it’s the scientific breakthroughs, advancements in education or innovation or in the arts, literature, sports and leadership.

Collin College has scheduled a number of events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule:

  • Norma Cantu
    11:30 a.m. – Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
    To kick off Collin College's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, noted Chicana scholar Norma Elia Cantu. Dr. Cantu currently serves as professor of English and U.S. Latina/o Literatures at The University of Texas at San Antonio.  She is the editor of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo book series at Texas A&M University Press. Author of the award-winning Canícula Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, and co-editor of Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change,Telling to Live:Latina Feminist Testimonios (2002)and Dancing Across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos (2009) she has just finished a novel, Cabañuelas.
  • “Hispanica”
    Monday, Sept. 21-Friday, Oct. 9 – THE ARTS gallery
    THE ARTS gallery’s show – “Hispánica” – will feature ceramics, painting, photography and sculpture from local Hispanic artists. The exhibit was curated by Lupita Murillo Tinnen, chair and professor of photography, and Luke Sides, gallery director and professor of art. The artists include: Mirtha Aertker, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Enrique Fernandez Cervantes, Omar Hernandez, Christina Medina, Valerie Ontiveros, Jim Bob Salazar, Shawn Saumell and Tinnen. A reception is set for 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the gallery. THE ARTS gallery hours are: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information about this show or future shows, visit the gallery’s website at or call 972.881.5873.
  • Hispanic Short Films
    Noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
    A series of short films from Hispanic film makers will be screened for free. The event is open to the public.
  • “Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going”
    7 p.m. – Monday, Sept. 28 – Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
    The Auteur Film Series with “Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going” in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The film is rated PG and runs 120 minutes. The screening is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. This year’s Auteur Film Series theme is “Meta-Cinema: Movies About The Movies,” films where filmmaking itself plays a central role in the film. “Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going” follows Argentinean business owner Leopoldo, who is visited by Rachel – possibly a ghost – who informs him that in a former life he invented the medium of film as an employer of Thomas Edison and that she – Rachel – was his wife. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences. The film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Carolyn Perry at
  • Edward Retta
    10-11:15 a.m. – Thursday, Oct. 1 – Central Park Campus Conference Center
    Edward Retta will present “Intercultural Communications.” Retta has lived, worked and traveled in 40 countries. He holds a master of arts in cross-cultural ministry and a bachelor of science in psychology and management. Retta spent his early career in corporate America in engineering and manufacturing. During eight years with a British NGO, he designed and implemented cross-cultural training for staff members from more than 60 countries. He speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish and has studied Arabic, Japanese and German.
  • Hispanic Literature Readings
    1-2 p.m. – Monday, Oct. 5 – Central Park Campus library commons
    1-2:30 p.m. – Thursday, Oct. 8 – Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
    Students and faculty will come together to read poetry and prose from some of their favorite works from Hispanic writers.

The Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The Central Park Campus is located at 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month events, contact Linda Sears at

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