Latino Cultural Center - Fall 2017 Events


Sand-Key, Pant-Keys: The Coloniality of Desire, Tourism, and Male Sex Workers in Caribbean Film a lecture by Dr. Kristina Medina-Vilariño

August 28th, 2017, Krannert Auditorium, 6pm-8pm

In this presentation, Dr. Medina-Vilariño explores the cinematic representation of sexualized and racialized Dominican male bodies in the film Sanky Panky and how this depiction is often influenced by colonialist ideologies. In particular, she analyzes the way the film portrays sexual tourism in the Dominican Republic through an uneven power dynamic between female tourists in search of pleasure and adventure with local men, and the Dominican male sex workers whose only interest is to get a travel visa as a means to increase social mobility. Dr. Medina-Vilariño argues that the relationship between the tourists and sex workers reproduces a social system that stems from the country’s colonial past, imperial invasions, and neoliberal economy. As a result, she contends that the body of Dominican male sex workers (mainly Afro-Dominicans) is represented through what she refers to as the coloniality of desire. Moreover, given that the film is sponsored by a private chain of Spanish hotels in the Dominican Republic and is directed by a Spaniard, she shows that Sanky Panky conveys an ambiguously moral message about sex work that both promotes sexual stereotypes of Caribbean subjects as objects of desire for Europeans tourists, whiles simultaneously encouraging a more conscientious view of national values that denounces practices of sexual exploitation by US American tourists.

Tenure Track Life at a Small Liberal Arts College with Dr. Kristina Medina- Vilariño. Sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center.

August 28th, 2017, Latino Graduate Student Organization Talk, LCC, 12:00-1:30pm

This talk is aimed at graduate students to increase their professional development. Dr. Medina-Vilarino will discuss opportunities available and how to approach tenure-track positions at Small Liberal Arts Colleges while sharing how she navigates her personal and academic journey as a scholar of color.

Lunch will be served. RSVP by August by 25th required:

About the speaker:

Dr. Kristina I. Medina-Vilariño is an Assistant Professor of Spanish, Race and Ethnic Studies, and Latin American Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She completed a B.A. in Hispanic Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Ponce, Puerto Rico; an M.A. in Spanish at the University of Florida in Gainesville; and a Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds minors in Latin American Studies and Latinx Studies. Her areas of expertise are Hispanic Caribbean contemporary literatures, films, and cultural studies. Her research emerges from the intersection of Latinx Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, which she connects in her work through theoretical approaches to transnationalism, migration, gender and sexuality, national identity, and race. Her upcoming book (to be published by Editorial Isla Negra) examines the literary, cybernetic, and cinematic representations of Dominicanness (the processes of identity construction and the embodiment of "dominicanidad") in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the United States. She has published articles on Dominican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican films and literatures, and has taught numerous courses in Latinx Studies, Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Spanish for Heritage Speakers, and Spanish language/literature at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels, where she regularly emphasizes Civic Engagement. Among her other current research projects is a study of the integration of a Latinx Studies curriculum and pedagogy in Spanish departments.

Learn more about her here.

Purdue University Cultural Centers Open House

August 31st, 2017, Latino Cultural Center Lawn between Waldron and University on 5th Street, 4-6pm

Join the Purdue University Cultural Centers as we begin another year. Meet the new LCC and AAARCC Program Coordinators, the NAECC Post-Doctoral Fellows and check out the LCC’s new space.


Karaoke & BBQ with the Purdue University Cultural Centers

September 5th, 2017, Cultural Centers Lawn between Waldron and University on 5th Street, 5-8pm

Unwind after the first weeks of classes while we sing our hearts out and eat great food. Co-sponsored by the AAARCC, BBC, NAECC, LGBTQ and LCC.

Celebración de Latinos in STEM

September 22nd, 2017, 6pm-7:30pm, Imagination Station, 600 North 4th Street, Lafayette, IN.

Co-Sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center and Imagination Station. Admission is Free. For more information please contact Imagination Station at or 765-420-7880.

Imagination Station, Greater Lafayette’s science center, and the Purdue Latino Cultural Center bring you a celebration of Latinos in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  This free event will feature fun activities for kids inspired by famous Latinx scientists.  A panel of local Latino and Latina STEM professionals, including Purdue faculty, students and community members, will be there to chat with parents about what their kids can do to be successful in and out of science.  We will end the celebration with our famous Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream!

Imagination Station, el centro de ciencia de Greater Lafayette, y el Centro Cultural Latino de Purdue les presenta una celebración de Latinos en STEM (Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas). Este evento gratis incluye actividades divertidas para los niños, inspiradas por científicos famosos y Latinos.   Un panel de profesionales Latinas y Latinos en STEM de la región, incluyendo profesores de Purdue, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad, estarán disponibles para platicar con los padres sobre como sus hijos pueden lograr éxito dentro y fuera de la ciencia.  Terminaremos la celebración con nuestra famosa Nieve Hecha Con Nitrógeno Líquido!

To learn more about Imagination Station, click here.

Rebellious Women Book Reading facilitated by Dr. Cara Kinnally

September 27th, 2017 Latino Cultural Center, 6pm-7:15pm, Appetizers and Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Kinnally of the Spanish and Portuguese department will lead the discussion of Alicia Partnoy’s The Little Red School. Copies of Partnoy’s book are available to check out at the LCC.

One of Argentina's 30,000 "disappeared", Alicia Partnoy was abducted from her home by secret police and taken to a concentration camp where she was tortured, and where most of the other prisoners were killed. Smuggled out and published anonymously, The Little School is Partnoy's memoir of her disappearance and imprisonment.

Mexican Culture: Sustaining Graffiti & Street Art, a lecture by Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar

September 28th, Grissom 103, 6pm-7:30pm

Graffiti as a Tool for Social Change a lecture by Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar

September 28th, Stanley Coulter 239, 7pm-8pm

Artist Statement: My work is at an intersection of graffiti, studio painting, art education, community organizing and public space. All of these facets inform each other seamlessly and allow me the freedom to investigate my artistic interests from a holistic perspective. Currently, I am focused on painting indoors and outdoors in equal parts. Indoor painting allows me to use graffiti painting materials and expand beyond graffiti vernacular parameters. Conversely, outdoor painting satisfies my obligation to honor graffiti and its history as a social practice.

Learn more about Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar here.

Fabulous Friday Graffiti Workshop with Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar, co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and Latino Cultural Center

September 29th, 10:00am-5:00pm, Latino Cultural Center

Join Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar as he teaches hour-long graffiti workshops at the Latino Cultural Center. Each session lasts one hour and begins on the hour. We will break at noon for lunch.


Cesar Conde “AmeriKKKa – Reflection of a Divided Nation” exhibit

October 9th-13th, exhibit will be available all week long at the Rueff Galleries at Pao Hall

October 13h, 2017, Rueff Galleries, PAO Hall, 11:30-1:00pm

Co-sponsored by the AAARCC, LGBTQ Center, LCC and Rueff Galleries

Filipino-American artist Cesar Conde paints to celebrate humanity. Conde considers his work to be an homage to the oppressed, to those who suffer inequity and injustice. Conde believes art can serve as a platform for dialogue and debate, creating a safe space for reflection and a starting point for action and social justice. Though primarily self-taught, Cesar Conde has studied under master Patrick Betaudier at the Atelier Neo-Medici in France and Master John Michael Angel at the Angel Academy of Art in Italy. His paintings have been shown internationally, including exhibitions in the U.S., Italy, Taiwan, Austria, and the Philippines.

Clarifying Misconceptions of Día de los muertos and Halloween hosted by Sigma Lambda Beta

October 13th, 2017, 6pm-7pm, Latino Cultural Center, Co-sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center and Sigma Lambda Beta

Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race with Anthony Ocampo

October 19th, 2017, 6:30pm, Wilmeth Academic Learning Center 1018, Co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, AAARC, LCC, Asian American Studies and the Department of Sociology

The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race. Is race only about the color of your skin? In the Latinos of Asia, Anthony Ocampo shows that what “color” you are depends on your social context. Filipino Americans trace their roots to a society in Asia, but share many cultural characteristics with Latinos, such as religion and last names. This book addresses this puzzle: Are Filipinos in the United States becoming Asian American or Latino? The Latinos of Asia highlights how Filipino American identities can change depending on the communities they grow up in, the schools they attend and the people they befriend.

To learn more about Dr. Anthony Ocampo, click here.

Lunch and Learn: To Be Brown and Gay in the USA with Anthony Ocampo

October 20th, 2017, 12:00pm, LGBTQ Center (SCHL 230), Co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, AAARC, LCC, Asian American Studies and the Department of Sociology

Writing to Survive: A Reading and Conversation with Alicia Partnoy

October 26th, 2017, KRAN Auditorium, 6pm-7:15

Poet, memoirist, scholar, and human rights activist Alicia Partnoy is the author of nine books. She is better known for The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival, which was evidence in the trial against the genocide perpetrators that terrorized Argentina in the 70’s. Partnoy’s poetry collection, Flowering Fires/Fuegos florales, translated by Gail Wronsky, received the First Settlement House American Poetry Prize. A professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Partnoy presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors.

To view Dr. Partnoy’s Tedx Talk, click here.
To listen to Dr. Partnoy on NPR’s Talk of the nation, click here.

Poemas for Justice with Alicia Partnoy and Ruth Irupé Sanabria and Open Mic

October 27th, LCC, 6pm-8pm, Appetizers and Refreshments provided

Join the LCC for a night of poesía which features Alicia Partnoy and Ruth Irupé Sanabria. At 7pm, we will have an open mic event.

Ruth Irupé Sanabria’s first collection of poetry, The Strange House Testifies (Bilingual Press), won 2nd place (Poetry) in the 2010 Annual Latino Book Awards. Her second collection of poems received the 2014 Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Press Award and will be published in 2017. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Women Writing Resistance and U.S. Latino Literature Today. Most recently, her essays, poems, and short stories have been published in translation in Argentina. She has read her poetry in libraries, prisons, schools, parks, bars, and universities across the USA, Argentina, Mexico, and Peru.

Sanabria’s poetry explores themes of human rights and injustice, children as witnesses to state terror, and the role of art in resistance. Her commitment to these themes stems from her personal experience during Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976 to 1983). In 2013, she had the opportunity to testify in the Trials against the 5th Army Corps in Bahia Blanca who kidnapped her parents in 1977. Though Sanabria’s maternal grandparents recovered her from a neighbor’s house, her parents remained “disappeared” in clandestine concentration camps where they were tortured for several months. She learned that they were still alive when news arrived that the military had transferred her parents to separate prisons and incarcerated them without trial.

On December 23, 1979, Ruth Irupé Sanabria and her mother, author and human rights activist, Alicia Partnoy, were reunited as political refugees in Seattle, Washington, where her father had been exiled to a few months earlier. She spent her childhood between Seattle and Washington D.C., surrounded by a cadre of activist tias and tios, grass-roots organizers, artists, and progressive thinkers. Sanabria credits her grandmother, painter and humanist, Raquel Partnoy for teaching her, during the years of censorship and terror, the liberating power of art and metaphor. Over the past decade, she has been fortunate to travel across the country giving readings with her grandmother and mother blending their essays, stories, music, poetry, film and visual art to raise awareness of genocide in Latin America.

To learn more about Ruth Irupé Sanabria, click here.

LGBTQ Center’s Fabulous Friday featuring Altar Building and Día de los muertos focused crafts

October 27th, 2017, LCC, 10am-5pm, Co-sponsored by the LGBTQ and Latino Cultural Centers, Snacks provided

Join the LGBTQ Center and Latino Cultural Center as we build our altars and the ofrendas for the Día de los muertos. We will have other crafts to make as well.


Día de los muertos Celebration

November 2nd, 2017, North Ballroom at the Purdue Memorial Union, 6pm-8pm

Join the LCC and members of the Purdue and Greater Lafayette community in this celebration of life. Every second day of November, known as Día de los Muertos, Families transform grave sites, offices, and corners of their homes into vibrant memorials for their deceased loved ones by assembling multi-tiered ofrendas, or altars. The purpose of this day’s activities is devoted to those loved ones who have passed away, and an altar pays homage to their memory. Altars are also meant to symbolize the return of a loved one’s spirit, so the altar is constructed with personalized and traditional elements that will guide the spirits on their journey from the land of the dead to reunite with their loved ones. Below you will find traditional items featured on altars.

To sign up your organization or family to participate and build an altar, contact LCC Program Coordinator, Juan Robles at

Lunch and Learn with Reyna Araibi

November 7th, 2017, Latino Cultural Center, 12:30-2:00pm Co-Sponsored by Purdue Immigrant Allies, Department of Political Science and the LCC

REYNA ARAIBI is a founding team member, Communications Manager, and the Historias y Recuerdos Project Manager at the Colibri Center for Human Rights. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona Honors College earning her B.S. in Public Policy and Nonprofit Management and writing her honors thesis around imagery, communications, and creating empathy. Growing up in Tucson as the daughter of an immigrant and as a Chicana/Arab-American, Reyna developed a passion for social justice and human rights in an identity and context very much affected by immigration topics. In 2013, she began volunteering with the Missing Migrant Project and later became part of the founding team that grew this project into what is now the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. In 2016, she became a Humanity in Action fellow in the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia, studying intense connections between human and civil rights in an American context. Her work at Colibrí focuses on witnessing, testimony, and using various communication methods to impact more human-centered narratives about immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Understanding the Human Rights Crisis on the U.S.-Mexico Border with Reyna Araibi

November 7th, Location TBA, 6:00-7:30pm Co-Sponsored by Purdue Immigrant Allies, Department of Political Science and the LCC

Denice Frohman Poetry Reading

November 8th, Krannert Auditorium, 6:00pm-7:00pm

DENICE FROHMAN is an award-winning poet, writer, performer, and educator. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 CantoMundo Fellow, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner, and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has appeared on ESPN, in the Huffington Post, and garnered over 7.5 million views online. She has a Master’s in Education and works with The Philly Youth Poetry Movement. She has been featured at over 200 colleges and universities; hundreds of high schools, non-profits, and cultural arts spaces; and performed at The White House in 2016. Currently, she tours the country.

Learn more about Denice Frohman here.

Visualizing Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Past and Present with Dr. Mariselle Melendez

November 10th, 2017, 6:15pm-7:15pm, Hansen Theater, PAO Hall, Co-sponsored with LGBTQ Center, Theatre Department, and Spanish & Portuguese Department

Born in Puerto Rico, Mariselle Meléndez is Professor of Colonial Spanish American Literatures and Cultures and a Conrad Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her research focuses on issues of race and gender in colonial Spanish America with special interest in the eighteenth century, the cultural phenomenon of the Enlightenment, global coloniality, as well as visual studies. She is the author of Deviant and Useful Citizens: The Cultural Production of the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Peru (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). Raza, género e hibridez en El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes [Race, Gender, and Hibridity in El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes (University of North Carolina Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, 1999), and co-editor of Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and Commonplaces of Identity, Culture, and Experience (Bucknell University Press, 2002). Her articles have appeared in journals such as: Colonial Latin American Review, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Latin American Literary Review, Hispanic Review, Revista Iberoamericana, Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana, Dieciocho Hispanic Enlightenment, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, among many others.

The Sins of Sor Juana

November 10th,The Sins of Sor Juana, Mallett Theatre – PAO Hall, 7:30pm

The Sins of Sor Juana by Karen Zacarias Directed by Kristine Holtvedt Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts November 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 and 12, 18, 19 at 2:30 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, one of the first published poets of the Americas, was born in Mexico in 1648, a poor and illegitimate child. She became renowned for her intelligence and ambition when, at the age of 12, she tried sneaking into the University of Mexico by dressing as a man. The viceregal court of New Spain heard about this phenomenal girl and invited her to join the court, where she developed an extremely close relationship with the vicereine. By all records Juana was a very attractive, complex, witty and difficult young woman. She wrote and read voraciously. Her circumstances and intelligence provoked admiration and envy. However, when she was 17, she suddenly and inexplicably left the viceregal court to join a convent. There are theories about failed love, fear of marriage and her sexual identity. In the convent her focus was not God, but writing--and her work and poetry expressed a feminism centuries ahead of her time. For years while the church struggled to silence her she resisted and continued writing until, one day, she wrote a declaration in her own blood, vowing never to write again. She remained true to her word and died soon after. This play is a researched fantasy that explores the two turning points in this woman's life. Rating: PG-13

MOSTRA VII Film Series, Brazilian Film TBA

November 13th, 2017, 5:30pm, Stanley Coulter 239, Co-Sponsored by the LCC, Spanish and Portuguese department

Memories of a Penitent Heart

November 14th, 6pm-8pm, Location TBA, Co-Sponsored by the LGBTQ and Latino Cultural Centers for HIV/AIDS & Transgender Awareness Week

Combining a wealth of recently discovered home movies, video, and written documents with artfully shot contemporary interviews and vérité footage, Memories of Penitent heart is a documentary that cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama. Originating from filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s suspicion that there was a something ugly in her family’s past, the film charts her exaction of the buried family conflict around her uncle, Miguel’s death, and her search for Miguel’s partner Robert, a generation later. After two years of dead ends, Robert turns up: but he’s not the same man. He’s reinvented himself as Father Aquin, a Franciscan monk with twenty-five years of pent-up grief and bitterness. For the first time, a member of Miguel’s family wants to hear Aquin’s side of the story—but is it too little, too late? A story about the mistakes of the past and the second changes of the present, Memories of a Penitent Heart is a cautionary tale about the unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS, and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis.


Comida para Estudiar

December 4th-7th, Monday-Thursday, 6pm-8pm, Latino Cultural Center, Co-sponsored with the Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFASA)

Members of LaFASA organize and provide home-cooked meals for students during the week before finals. Take a break, socialize and partake in community building.


April 14th, LCC Quinceañera

May 11th, Latinx Graduation Ceremony, PMU North Ballroom, 6:00-8:00pm

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