Rosa Clemente to give annual Latino Heritage Month keynote address

September 30, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Rosa Clemente, an activist and political commentator, will give the annual Latino Heritage Month keynote address at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 1) in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. It began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 to cover the 30-day period.

Clemente's topic will be "Presente! Latinos y Latinas in the 21st Century." The talk is sponsored by the Purdue University Latino Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Purdue LGBTQ Center and the Purdue University Black Cultural Center.

She will talk about Latino influence on American life today and in the future.

A graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University, Clemente helped coordinate the first National Hip Hop Political Convention in 2003. Her academic work focuses on researching national liberation struggles in the United States, with a focus on the Young Lords Party, the Black Panther Party, and the Black and Brown Liberation movements of the 1960s and '70s. She speaks at colleges and universities across the nation and has appeared on CNN, C-Span and National Public Radio.  

In another Latino Heritage Month event, the film "Abuelas: Grandmothers on a Mission" will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 3) in Biochemistry Building, Room 105. The film depicts the story of Argentinian grandmothers who are searching for their grandchildren, the children of their sons and daughters who disappeared during Argentina's "dirty war." Ariel De la Fuente, a Purdue associate professor of history, will facilitate a discussion after the film. The event is co-sponsored by the LCC, Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault and Delta Phi Mu.

Also in October, the LCC will hold its annual Día de los Muertos from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711,  

Sources: Marisol Uribe, Latino Cultural Center program coordinator, 765-494-2530, 

Antonia Munguia, Latino Cultural Center interim director, 765-494-7522,

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