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MC to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month

A recital by acclaimed Spanish guitarist Maestro Soler will highlight National Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Monmouth College.

Soler will be featured in two Oct. 4 events in Dahl Chapel that are free and open to the public. At 3 p.m., he will be part of a conversation on Spain’s music, art and culture. The discussion will be conducted in Spanish. At 7 p.m., he will present a guitar recital of Spanish and Latin American music

MC’s National Hispanic Heritage Month activities are sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life in partnership with the modern foreign language department. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The date of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept.18, respectively. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30-day period.