Monday, September 19, 2011

Lafayette Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 09/27/2011 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

 Edward Schumacher-Matos, ombudsman for National Public Radio

Keynote address speaks to U.S. Immigration Policy

When: Tue, 09/27/2011 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Where: Colton Chapel

EASTON, Pa. ( September 19, 2011 — Lafayette College celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with the theme “Sin Fronteras (without borders),” Sept. 15-Oct. 17. The month’s keynote address, “U.S. Immigration Policy,” will be presented by Edward Schumacher-Matos, who was recently named the ombudsman for National Public Radio, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Colton Chapel. The talk is free and open to the public.

“We hope [to] inspire the Lafayette community to think about the borders we create between cultures, and to find ways to deconstruct them,” says John McKnight, dean of intercultural development. “The keynote address will launch an important conversation about the social, economic, and political implications of U.S. immigration policies.”

Schumacher-Matos has spent more than three decades as a journalist, author, columnist, publisher, and editor for publications such as The Miami Herald, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. During his career, he has covered issues in Japan, Latin America, Portugal, South Korea, and Spain. At The Philadelphia Inquirer, Schumacher-Matos was part of the team that won a 1980 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident.

In addition, events in Lafayette galleries include:

- An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints, Beso de mí Arte (The Kiss of My Art), by Mexican artist Karima Muyaes, artist-in-residence at Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute, runs from Oct. 6 through Nov. 20 in the EPI Riley Temple Gallery, located on the first floor of the Lafayette College Portlock Black Cultural Center, 1 McCartney St. An opening reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

- An exhibition spanning the 30-year career of Cuban-born photographer Maria Martinez-Cañas runs from Oct. 8 through Dec. 18 in the Morris R. Williams Center for the Arts Gallery, 317 Hamilton St. The artist will talk about her works at 4:10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 in the Williams Center, room 108. For more information, contact Michiko Okaya, director of Lafayette art galleries, (610) 330-5361, or
Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Development and the Hispanic Society of Lafayette in collaboration with the departments of foreign languages and literatures, government and law, and history; the Experimental Printmaking Institute; the Lafayette Intercultural Networking Council; the Office of International and Off-Campus Education; the American studies, film and media studies program; the Latin American and Caribbean studies program; and the Williams Center for the Arts.

Contacts:  Kathleen Parrish (610) 330-5524  Brenda Jocsak (610) 330-5121 Media Relations Associate

Communications Division

Lafayette College Easton, PA 18042

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