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Hispanic Heritage Month: “Love, Faith, Ritual and Healing"


September 19, 2006

Arizona State University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15. The celebration marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16, and Chile on Sept. 18.

ASU’s West campus celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of exciting events. All events will be held at ASU's West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd. Activities include:

  • Soothing “THE SPIRT” Curanderismo: Folk Healing in the Southwest. Exhibit features various local artists. Opening reception begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, Fletcher Library.
  • “Shared Visions: India, Mexico and Cuba” featuring ASU faculty member and artist Leandro Soto, opens at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, IAP Gallery, UCB 228.
  • “Si Se Puede Scholarship Talent Show.” The Hispanic Honor Society, Latino Student Union and M.E.Ch.A are calling all students, faculty and staff to showcase their talents. All forms of expression are welcome. Event begins 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, La Sala B.
  • Curanderismo,” Healing with Herbs and Rituals: A Rich Mexican Tradition.” Program features guest speaker Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres and begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, La Sala A.
  • “Dia De Los Muertos” features food, music, vendors a cajita display and information about Dia De Los Muertos’ history in the southwest. Event starts at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, Delph Courtyard.

Hispanic Heritage Month activities are sponsored by The Latino/a Events Committee, ASU Public Events, Hispanic Honor Society, Latino Student Union, M.E.Ch.A, Fletcher Library, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Science, Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance, Multicultural Student Services and the Division of Student Affairs at ASU’s West campus. For additional information about the events or participating artists visit www.west.asu.edu/latinoevents.

Weekend partking is available on the south side and east side of Fletcher Library. Weekday parking is $1 per hour in the visitor's lot on the north side of the campus.