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1. The National Latino Heritage Celebration this month at GW (Sep 15-Oct 15)

The George Washington University Presents:

2014 Latino Heritage Celebration

¡Enough! Tal Como Soy

Keynote Speaker: Alta Rodriguez (Sep 16, 6:30pm)

She is the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. 

It celebrates the constantly changing nature of cultural identity while challenging common belief systems and stereotypes applied to Latino/a's. This year's theme encourages each of us to recognize the increasing breadth of Latino identity, despite what the appearance, language, accent, or national origination indicates.  Everyone who identifies as a Latino/a, represents an important aspect of our past, our present, and our future.

-Virgin Maria vs. Maria Maria (Sep 18, 6:30pm) MSSC 209 (2127 G St, NW)

Challenge the expectation and join our discussion about stereotypes and explore the opposing paradigms that come with being labeled a Latina in today’s society.  

-Impacto Latino (Sep 21, 9:00am) MSSC (2127 G St, NW)

Take action and help us give back to the DMV’s Latino community through “deeds, not words.” If interested, please email

-Latino Votes (Sep 23, 7:00pm) at Marvin Center, Amphitheater

Get informed about the upcoming mid-term elections and the growing influence of the Latino Vote in local and national politics. Listen to top political strategists from both sides of the isle discuss the dynamic ways in which the Latino community is impacting change in traditional campaign and policy strategies.

-Hispanic Women of Excellence (Sep 25, 6:30pm) at Marvin Center, Amphitheater

Join us for a panel discussion and networking event of successful professional Latinas who will share their experiences and struggles on being "Latina Enough" both in their personal and professional lives.

-Diversifying Today’s Workplace (Sep 29, 6:00pm) TBD

Join us for an intriguing panel with Latino professionals in various industries and learn about their experiences in today's workforce.

-Café con Leche (Oct 1, 7:00pm) Marvin Center, Dorothy Betts Theatre

Witness the power of words and performance art in a display of the urban word poetry tradition in this open mic night with desserts and “café con leche.”

-Trans* Soy! (Oct 6, 7:00pm)  MSSC 209 (2127 G St, NW)

Be moved by Trans* performer, author, and advocate Dane Figueroa Edidi as she discusses her new book Yemaya's Daughters and themes of spirituality, colonization, and Trans* representation.

-Latino American Film Series (Oct 9, 6:00pm) MSSC 104 & 209 (2127 G St, NW)

Enjoy a film that will highlight issues that affect Latin American communities all over the United States, followed by an open discussion on those topics. Movie theatre refreshments will be served.

-The Mexican Identity (Oct 14, 6:00pm) at Marvin Center, Room 402-404 

Join the dialogue, share your perspective, listen to different ideas, develop greater understanding, and leave with a new insight on the different facets of Latino identity.

-DREAMERS (Oct 15, 6:00pm) Toro Toro, DC (1300 I Street, NW) 

Be a part of history and mix and mingle with panel of Dreamers! Discuss the DREAM Act and enjoy light refreshments.

-La Fiestasa (Oct 18, 8:00pm) at Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom

Celebrate with us as we close out the 2014 Latino Heritage Celebration with a night full of Latino American cuisine and rhythms.

Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center, the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, Organization of Latino American Students, La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Casa Blanca, GW Mexican Student Association, Multicultural Business Student Association, GW Latino Alumni Association and the GW Student Association.


2. Spain, Art & Culture presents:

-Film: 2014 AFI Latin American Film Festival (Sep 18-Oct 8) at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MA 20910.

Celebrating its 25th edition, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from Latin America with the inclusion of films from Spain. (For students of all levels)

-Living is easy with eyes closed (vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados) (Sep 27, 5:00pm ; Sep 28, 5:15pm)

-Serrat &Sabina: two for the road (Serrat y Sabina, El Símbolo y El Cuate) (Oct 4, 1:00pm; Oct 5, 5:45pm; Oct 6, 5:20pm; and Oct 8, 5:20pm)

-Opening night: The Liberator (Libertador) (Sep 18, 7:15pm; Sep 27, 7:15pm)

-The Secret of Your Eyes (El secreto de tus ojos) and The Orphanage (El Orfanato) (Oct 19, 7:15pm; Oct 20, 9:45pm; and Oct 21, 9:45pm)

-Film: AFI Latin American Film Festival 2014 (Sep 18-Oct 8) at the AFI Silver Theater,

Paradise (Sep 26, 7:15 pm & Sep 29, 9:15 pm)
Carmen and Alfredo are a happy, overweight couple whose sheltered life in the suburbs is flipped upside-down when they move to bustling Mexico City. Adapting to pressures of life in the capital, Carmen decides to go on a diet and begs Alfredo to join her. Alfredo quickly sheds more pounds than his wife, boosting his confidence but creating friction in the relationship. Searching for happiness, Carmen realizes that food isn't just about calories.

Other Mexican Films:

Los Angeles (Sep 19, 9:15pm)
We Are Mari Pepa (Oct 1, 9:30 pm & Thu Oct 2, 9:00 pm)
Güeros (Oct 6, 9:20 pm & Tue, Oct 7, 9:00 pm)

Heli (Oct 3, 9:40 pm)
*Students can explore the Latin American cinema and Spanish cinema from social topics. (For students of all levels)

-Literature: ‘One Hundred Miles from Manhattan’ by Guillermo Fesser (Sep 18, 6:00pm), at

Embassy of Spain, 2375 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

Spanish TV/radio journalist Guillermo Fesser will be doing a free reading as part of the annual Fall for the Embassy of Spain.

-Film: 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival (Sep 11-21), at various venues in DC

Ten Spanish productions are featured in the largest short film event on the East Coast.

-Speechless (Sin Respuesta). Genre: Drama, 10’. Director: Miguel Parra. The job of a collections agent suddenly becomes personal and causes her to reevaluate the humanity in her profession.

-Good Air (Buenos Aires). Genre: Comedy, 12’. Director: Daniel Gil Suarez. Longing for his hometown of Buenos Aires, a man finds an unconventional way of counteracting his homesickness.

-Helsinki. Genre: Comedy, 15’. Director: Juan Manuel Beiro. Once a pair of lonely bartenders begins fantasizing about time travelers, they soon find themselves attempting to communicate with one.

-We Are Friends (Somos Amigos). Genre: Comedy, 12’. Director: Carlos Solano. Complications arise when a savvy businessman is mandated to fire his best friend.

-Therapy (Terapia). Director: Marc Nadal. Genre: Drama, 10’. A depressed widow finds the spark to carry on through her charming physical therapist.

-Stockholm (Estocolmo). Genre: Comedy, 8’. Director: Alvaro Martin. Writing a school report about your father’s occupation can be a challenge — especially when his work is disturbing.

2:43. Genre: Drama, 10’. Director: Hector Rull. Love, loss, fear and heartbreak through an answering machine.

-They Are The Last. Genre: Documentary, 4’. Director: Diego Vivanco. A day in the life of a lighthouse keeper on a remote cape off the Uruguayan coastline.

-España Is Different. Genre: Drama, 4’. Director: Salvador Guerra. The tables are turned when a boy discovers his bully isn’t quite the miscreant he appears to be.

*Students can explore cinema in Spanish language learn about social topics. (For students of all levels)


3. Lisner presents:

Flamenco: Diego El Cigala (Nov. 18, 8:00pm).

He has a reputation for seamlessly melding the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish Gitano heritage with styles ranging from bolero to son, tango, and Afro-Caribbean jazz.

15% discount for Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff with GWID and Seniors/Military with ID at the Lisner Box Office.

*Students have the opportunity to experience lively folksongs, and passionate ballads. (For students of all levels)


4. OAS/AMA presents:

-Exhibition: Small Guide to Homeownership, Photography by Alejandro Cartagena of Mexico (Apr 24-Oct 5) at AMA ׀ Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW 

Small Guide to Homeownership is a selection from Cartagena’s Mexicana Suburbia series, which considers the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion. (For students of all levels)

-Museum Exhibition: Femininity Beyond Archetypes (Jul 17-Oct 5)

Photography by Natalia Arias of Colombia highlights themes closely connected with OAS values through AMA’s mission to promote social impact through the arts and the Inter-American Commission of Women’s (CIM) work towards gender equality and the participation and leadership of women. (For students of all levels)

5. Gala Hispanic Theatre presents:

Performing arts: “Cancun’by Jordi Gaceran (Sep- Oct 5, Thurs and Fri 8:00pm and Sat 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sun 2:00pm), at Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW

By Jordi Galceran of Spain. Directed by Jose Zayas.

A story about what happens when a dream vacation turns into the life you could only imagine. Two vacationing couples reveal old secrets and … reality may not be as it appears. It is a hilarious and daring comedy about contemporary relationships. (In Spanish with English surtitles).

* Students can optimize of their preparation, feeding their knowledge and critical appreciation of cultural and social issues from a performance in Spanish. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)


6. Teatro de la Luna presents:

From Asuncion Paraguay AB OVO presents Guachinton  (Sep 26, 7:30pm), at 1611 North Kenty St. “LL” Level, Arlington, VA 22209.

It is the most anticipated comedy musical show! Cheekiness and energy - without equal - in a presentation where humor says "I’m here!" Social and political reality is shared and sung to unchecked laughter. With the support of Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and Arlington Commission for the Arts. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)


7. Mexican Cultural Institute presents:


Multiple Perspectives the cracy machine (Sep 18, 6:45pm). Documental 96 min. Emilio Maillé 2012

The Pearl (Oct 15, 6:45pm). Feature Film 87 min. Emilio El Indio Fernández 1945

Los olvidados (The Young and the damned) (Oct 30, 6:45pm). Feature Film 85 min. Luis Buñuel, 1950

-Exhibition: Gabriel Figueroa, Cinematographer Great Moments in Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema (Sep 9- Nov 3) at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. His films are an essential part of the network of appropriations, exchanges and reinterpretations that formed Mexican visual identity and visual culture in the mid-twentieth century and beyond.

* Students can optimize of their preparation, feeding their knowledge and critical appreciation of Mexican literature and culture by being exposed to the recreation of a cultural and historical context. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)

- Culinary: The 2014 season of Mexican Table (all sessions 6:45pm) at the Mexican Cultural Institute. For more information on Patricia Jinich log on to or follow her on twitter @PatriciaJinich

Pati's Mexican Table: Yucatán: Mexico's Culinary Outlier on Oct. 9th, featuring a guest chef from the Yucatán! The season will end on with the "AfroMexico: African Influences in the Mexican Table" session, highlighting the richly diverse heritage of Veracruz on Dec. 4th.

*Students can learn about the Mexican cuisine popular culture. (For students of all levels).

-Opera: Bel  Canto Concert to Celebrate ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ (Sep 9, 7:00pm at Mexican Cultual Institute; and Sep 20 -28 at Kennedy Center). (For students of all levels)

-Concert: Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Sep 11, 7:00pm at Mexican Cultual Institute). (For students of all levels)

-Concert: Mexico City Woodwind Quintet (Sep 24, 6:45pm at Mexican Cultual Institute). (For students of all levels)

IberoAmerica Cultura DC presents:

-Food, Music $ Art: Noche Iberoamericana (Oct 2, 4:45pm) at Mexican Cultural Institute

Don't miss a night of food, music, art, and more as The Ibero-American Cultural Attache's Association (AACIA) presents Noche Iberoamericana!Featuring Peruvian Ceviche, Spanish Tapas, Salvadorean Cuisine, Chilean & Argentinian Wine, Peruvian Pisco, Spanish Cava, Dominican Rum, and Honduran Beer. With music by El Cuarteto del Amor from Uruguay, Grupo Etnia from Peru, and Brazilian guitar by Peter Richardson. The Mexican Cultural institute's exhibit 'Gabriel Figueroa Cinematographer' will also be on display. Including a raffle for Cuban Cigars and Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen Cookbook (Buy tickets).


8. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution presents:

“Portraiture Now,” a series of exhibitions that showcase some of the most creative twenty-first-century portrait artists (Aug 22 through Apr 12), at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets, NW.

It features the work of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez—who present identities theatrically, in order to rid portraiture of its reassuring tradition that fixes a person in space and time.(For students of all levels)


9. The IDB Cultural Center DC Film Premiere presents:

Film: Aluna (Sep 8, 6:30pm) at Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, 1330 New York Avenue NW at Metro Center.

The story of the Kogi people of Colombia and their journey to save the world. 2012, 83 mins., English subtitles, not rated. (For students of all levels)



10. Flight of the Butterflies 3D, presented by MÉXICOThis film is now playing at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, IMAX THEATERS. (Runtime: 44, 10:50-2:10, MPAA Rating: G).

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico.


11. Group for free Spanish conversation, cultural exchange, and fun: The Washington DC Spanish Language Meetup Group.

*Students benefit from continuous informal interactions in Spanish (which are available for learners of all levels in the DC area).


12. Web portal: Spain is the official tourism portal in the United States. It offers important information that students need to know before traveling to Spain.


Spanish Now: Meetup Group

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Spanish Contacts

Director of Spanish Literature
Professor Isabel Vergara

Director of Spanish Language Program
Professor María José de la Fuente

Coordinator of Spanish 1001, 1002
Professor Kristina Eisele

Coordinator of Spanish 1003, 1004
Professor Alicia Suárez-Touzón

Coordinator of Spanish 2005, 2006
Professor María José de la Fuente

Major and Minor Advising
Isabel Vergara (A-H)
Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo (I-O)
Heather Bamford (P-Z)

Study Abroad Advising Language Courses
Angeles Serrano Ripoll (A-M) 
Patricia Granja Falconi (N-Z)

Study Abroad Advising Literature Courses
Isabel Vergara (A-H)
Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo (I-O)
Heather Bamford (P-Z)
Zulima Alvarez-Menedez