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Latino Heritage Month kicks off with Sept. 15 speaker


Contact:Rachel Hatch

Illinois State University will help celebrate Latino Heritage Month on Thursday, Sept. 15, by welcoming the director of the Latino and Latina Studies Program at Northwestern University Frances Aparicio.

Aparicio, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. in 133 Felmley Hall. Her talk, titled “Embodying Latinidad: Intra-Latino/a Subjects in Chicago,” is free and open to the public. Aparicio will discuss one of her current research topics, which unveils personal narratives of twenty intra-Latino/a youth in Chicago.

The author of the award winning book, Listening to Salsa, Aparicio has co-edited many anthologies on Latino cultural and literary studies. She is a well-known national public speaker, and her research has been widely published. She is currently working on two scholarly books:  Chicago Latinidad:  The MexiRican and other IntraLatino/a Subjects and The Subjects of Latinidad:  Media, Globalization and Cultural Identities. 

Aparicio’s visit is organized by the Illinois State’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS), the event is co-sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) and Diversity Advocacy.

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