Fall 2021 NHHM Events

Reaching For Your Own Stars: A Recipe To Succeed In Life featuring Former NASA Astronaut & American Engineer José Hernández

National Hispanic Heritage Month Division of Diversity & Inclusion Keynote Lecture

September 21 2021, 5:30PM, Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center

Co-Sponsored with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion 

Astronaut Jose HernandezNASA engineer José M. Hernández wanted to fly in space ever since he heard that the first Hispanic-American had been chosen to travel into space.  "I was hoeing a row of sugar beets in a field near Stockton, Calif., and I heard on my transistor radio that Franklin Chang-Diaz had been selected for the Astronaut Corps," says Hernandez, who was a senior in high school at the time.  "I was already interested in science and engineering," Hernandez remembers, "but that was the moment I said, 'I want to fly in space.'  And that's something I've been striving for each day since then."  That hard work paid off when was selected to begin training as a mission specialist as part of the 2004 astronaut candidate class.

One of four children in a migrant farming family from Mexico, Hernandez -- who didn't learn English until he was 12 years old -- spent much of his childhood on what he calls "the California circuit," traveling with his family from Mexico to southern California each March, then working northward to the Stockton area by November, picking strawberries and cucumbers at farms along the route.  They would then return to Mexico for Christmas and start the cycle all over again in the spring. "Some kids might think it would be fun to travel like that," Hernandez laughs, "but we had to work.  It wasn't a vacation."

In 2001,  Hernández joined the Johnson Space Center and soon became Chief of the Materials and Processes Branch.  During the astronaut application process, Hernández had to meet with a review board.  That's where he came face-to-face with his original inspiration:  Franklin Chang-Diaz.

Hernández was selected as part of the 19th class of astronauts in 2004.  In 2006, José completed Astronaut Candidate Training and in 2009, he was a mission specialist on the STS-128 mission on board the Space Shuttle, Discovery.

Since leaving NASA, he served as the Executive Director of Strategic Operations at MEI Technologies in Texas.  In 2012, he ran for the US House of Representatives in the 10th California Congressional District.

Hernández recently received the 2016 National Hispanic Hero Award presented by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.


Celebrate Afro-Latinx Culture with Kim Haas: TV Producer and Host of PBS "Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas"

September 27 2021, 6:00PM - 7:30PM, Electrical Engineering 170

Kim HassJoin us for an enlightening evening of discussion celebrating the diversity and richness of Latin America's Afro descendant communities. From Brazil to Colombia, Cuba to Puerto Rico, Kim will discuss her travels, the incredible people she has met during her trips and the rich and profound legacy of Latin America's black communities. We will also screen an episode of "Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas" (Costa Rica) and invite the audience to engage in conversation with the public television travel show host. Register by visiting tinyurl.com/PurdueKimHaas

Co-sponsored with the African American Studies and Resource Center, Black Cultural Center, Latin American and Latino Studies, and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and, School of Languages and Cultures.

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An Evening with José Martí: Book Reading with Dr. Alfred Lopez

October 06 2021, 6:00PM, Latino Cultural Center

Alfred LopezJoin us as Dr. Alfred Lopez reads from his book, José Martí: A Revolutionary Life, followed by a moderated conversation and Q&A. Book signing to follow. 

About the Book: Thoroughly researched, written from a nonpartisan perspective, and as lively as a novel,  José Martí: A Revolutionary Life is the definitive biography of the revered Cuban patriot and martyr whose revolutionary movement eventually ended the Spanish colonial domination of Cuba.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Celebration

October 14 2021, 5:30PM-7:00PM, Latino Cultural Center 

LCC FacadeJoin the Latino Cultural Center as we celebrate the histories and accomplishments of Latinx communities. On display at the LCC will be Frida Kahlo, Paris, France letter to Nickolas Muray, New York, N.Y., a letter signed and sealed with a kiss by Frida Kahlo. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

Purdue CONVOS Presents Frida: Viva la Vida

October 14 2021, 7:30PM, Eliza Fowler Hall in Stewart Center, Tickets $6-$10 

National Hispanic Heritage Month LogoLike a museum exhibit on screen, Frida: Viva La Vida features never-seen letters, never-heard stories and confessions, and actual items featured in Kahlo’s unmistakable masterworks.

The purely visual contributions of famed artist Frida Kahlo could fill volumes of art history text. But the documentary Frida: Viva La Vida delves as deeply into the artist’s life as it does her stunning imagery exploring her influence on artistic freedom and feminism, dissecting her dual life as a pioneering artist living in a volatile relationship with Diego Rivera, and recreating her tortured masterworks like “The Two Fridas,” “The Broken Column” and “The Wounded Deer” via deft filmmaking and powerful reenactments. Like a museum exhibit on screen, Frida: Viva La Vida features never-seen letters, never-heard stories and confessions, and actual items featured in Kahlo’s unmistakable masterworks. 

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Co-Sponsored with CONVOS and the Purdue University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer Center