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Hispanic Heritage Month Events at RCC

DATE: September 7, 2017
CONTACT: Paul Mencher

RCC Hispanic Heritage Month 2017
all events are free and open to the public

RAMAPO – Please join us at Rockland Community College for a series of Hispanic Heritage Month events. All of the events are free and open to the public. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Shaping the Bright Future of America.”

Tuesday, September 19
Documentary film: Cuba: Worlds Together
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Academic II, Room 2315
The film examines Cuban music, food, history and culture, paying careful attention to the island’s rural underpinnings yet offering a ground level look at cities. The film concludes with an extensive look at the island’s unique musical performers and stylistic trends.
Facilitated by Professor Josephine Tarsia

Tuesday, September 26
Film: La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon)
12:15 – 2:15 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse
Single mother Rosario leaves her young son, Carlitos, in the care of his grandmother and illegally crosses the border into the United States. When Carlitos’ grandmother passes away, the boy begins a difficult and dangerous journey to join her. In collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).
Facilitated by Professor Mara-Lee Bierman

Thursday, September 28
Film: Julieta
12:15 – 2:15 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse
Directed by the Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her long-lost daughter.
Facilitated by Professor Josephine Tarsia

Monday, October 2
Pelotero: Baseball's Hispanic Heritage
11 - 11:50 am
Technology Center, Ellipse
Dr. David Lucander, Associate Professor of History and Multicultural Studies, takes us on a survey of the game in Latin America. Expect to learn about pioneers like Roberto Clemente and Juan Marichal, as well as what it's like for today's superstars to make it as they work through highly competitive baseball academies.

Tuesday, October 3
Career Mosaic: Hispanic Latino Perspective
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse
Successful professionals from a broad range of careers in law enforcement, education, business and government will share their experiences, insight and advice. In collaboration with the Student Development Center and Student Career Services.
Facilitated by Professors Nilda Aragones and Kathleen Carroll, and Director of Student Career Services Irene Deutsch

Thursday, October 5
Film: Tango Negro, The African Roots of Tango
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse
The film, by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro, explores the expression of tango’s African-ness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the tango. The word “tango” means “sun” in Congolese. Given that derivation, it comes as no surprise that the dance thought of as South American might be traced back to Africa. Tango Negro attempts to explain why Argentina, the country most closely associated with tango, has generally been averse to admitting its African heritage. In collaboration with the Black Student Union.

Wednesday, October 11
Make a Piñata!
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Technology Center, Room 8373
Participants will make a colorful piñata and fill it with candy and other “goodies”. All supplies will be provided.
Facilitated by Yaritza Santana, Student Development Center

For further information about any of these events, contact the chair of the RCC Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, Laurie Piña, at 845-574-4336 or To see all of the various heritage events offered at RCC throughout the year, visit