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UGA, Athens community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Members of the University of Georgia and Athens community will host Hispanic Heritage Month events throughout September and October this year. The celebration, nationally recognized September 15th to October 15th, honors the contributions of Hispanic Americans in the United States while highlighting the diverse heritage and cultures of Latin America. 

Events at UGA and throughout Athens include the annual Latin American Film Festival, lectures, dance performances and fiestas. The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, part of the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is sponsoring many of the events.

The month-long celebration covers important dates in the history of many Latin American countries. September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and 18th, respectively. Columbus Day on October 12th—or Día de la Raza—also falls within the 30-day period.

Events occurring during Hispanic Heritage Month are available through the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity for students and alumni, alike, to celebrate the tradition and culture of Latin America, while increasing their appreciation and awareness for the diversity that exists in the region. I strongly encourage anyone who is unfamiliar with the cultures of Latin America or is just looking to for a refresher to take advantage of this celebratory opportunity!

CLICK HERE for information on Latino Fest 2012.

CLICK HERE for information on Bravo! Festival Latino 2012.

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