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Latino Heritage Month

Barry McNamara
09/16/2010
Monmouth College’s Latino Heritage Month celebration will kick off on Sept. 22 with an After Hours program at 9:30 p.m. in Scotland Yard in the Stockdale Center.

Free and open to the public, the program features spoken-word artist Gabriela Garcia Medina, a 2009 Performer of the Year nominee for APCA’s Campus Programming Awards, and Latino dance performances by the campus organization Raices.

Few spoken-word artists can speak of revolution and do it with style, but Medina is one of them. Born to Cuban parents, she has seen the world through eyes that most haven’t. The award-winning artist and poet has performed in Africa, South America, Europe and throughout the United States. Her poetry ranges from topics as serious as social injustice to as frivolous as her lingerie, and her words have found a permanent home on the walls of actress Eva Longoria’s new restaurant in Los Angeles.

Described as “the perfect multi-cultural event,” Medina has also starred in national commercials for Dove and Toyota.

Raices will perform under the direction of Diana Ruggiero, assistant professor of modern foreign languages. Ruggiero grew up in Argentina and has practiced Latin and global rhythms all her life.