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Visit From Artist/Director, Lecture Part of Bloomington-Normal


Contact:Rachel Hatch

Author and filmmaker Josué Pellot will visit Illinois State University and the Normal Theatre as part of the 6th annual Bloomington-Normal Hispanic Heritage Month. The events are free and open to the public.

Pellot will host a noon lecture on Monday, Oct. 10, at the Illinois State University Galleries in conjunction with his art exhibit Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted. The show, which Pellot created with along with Héctor Arce-Espasas, runs at the Galleries until Oct. 23.

That evening Pellot will be at the Normal Theater for the screening of his film I Am the Queen at 7 p.m. The 2010 documentary focuses on a transgender, youth beauty pageant, taking place in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Characters offer a glimpse of their lives as they prepare to compete against each other. The film follows Bianca, Julissa and Jolizza as they prepare for the pageant and negotiate being trans and teen in Latino Chicago.

The events are sponsored by Illinois State’s Multi-Ethnic Cultural and Co-Curricular Programming Advisory Committee (MECCPAC), Dean of Students Office Diversity Initiative, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.

Also a part of Hispanic Heritage Month will be a brown bag series called Conversando Entre Nosotros. Assistant Professor Alejandro Enriquez in Illinois State’s Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department will present a lecture at noon on Friday, Oct. 14, in Schroeder Hall, room 115. The lecture, titled “Marianism and Religious Syncretism in Colonial Mexico: Cultural Imposition, Negotiation, or Resistance? The Case of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception in Izamal, Yucatán,” is sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) and Hispanic Families Work Group.

The 6th annual Bloomington-Normal Hispanic Heritage Month is an effort sponsored by State Farm Bank, Illinois State University’s Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, Hispanic Families Work Group, and State Farm’s Hispanic Employee Resource Organization (HERO) to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino cultures in the Americas.

For additional information, contact Director of the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program Maura Toro-Morn at (309) 438-8290.

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