Pellissippi State marks Hispanic Heritage Month with lectures, music, stories

Three students from Venezuela
Pellissippi State graduates Kelvin Gonzalez and Alejandra Alvarez, from left, and former student Gabriel Gonzalez, right, were among the Latinx students who shared their experiences with prospective Latinx students and their families during Pellissippi State’s Latinx Family Visit Nights in early spring 2020. All three students photographed here are originally from Venezuela.

Celebrate the rich and beautiful complexity of Latino and Hispanic culture with a variety of events hosted by Pellissippi State Community College.  

“A key component of our college’s mission is to foster the academic, social, economic and cultural enrichment of our community. As our Hispanic community in East Tennessee continues to grow and thrive, I feel that it is important that we highlight and celebrate the contributions of this very important sector of our population,” said Associate Professor Larry Vincent, co-chair of the college’s Hispanic Heritage Month Committee. “Being a Venezuelan citizen and a native Spanish speaker, I have always cherished the opportunity to share my culture with my friends and neighbors in East Tennessee.” 

All are free and open to the public, and all but one will take place on Zoom this year: 

  • Tuesday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m.
    “Is ‘Latin’ a Flavor? Food Diversity in Latin America”
    Doug Sofer, associate professor of history at Maryville College 
  • Thursday, Sept 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
    “Why Don’t People Just Wait in Line?”
    A role-play workshop about how and why people seek life in the U.S., co-presented by Pellissippi State alumnus Luis Mata and Associate Professor Katie Morris 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m.
    “Crime Shows and Latino Representation on TV”
    Assistant Professor Mauricio Espinoza from the University of Cincinnati 
  • Thursday, Sept. 23, 1-3 p.m.
    Kukuly Uriarte and her salsa, jazz band Candela in the Hardin Valley Campus Courtyard, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville. Refreshments available. 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.
    “Don’t Take My Boy: Yellow Journalism and the Zoot-Suit Riots of 1943”
    Pellissippi State History Instructor Leslie Coffman 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 6-6:45 p.m.
    “Connecting Campus and Community Using Spanish-Language Conversation Tables”
    Pellissippi State Adjunct Instructor Raúl Rivero and colleagues 
  • Thursday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m.
    Latino and Hispanic Pellissippi State students and staff share their stories 

Zoom links are available at www.pstcc.edu/events/hispanic-heritage. 

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