Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 at Columbia

Learn about famous Hispanic Columbians, read about their groundbreaking contributions to society, and find events open to the Columbia community.

Kelly Moffitt-Hawasly
September 15, 2022

As Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 kicks off, explore the rich history of Hispanic Columbians, the scholarship of our faculty on related topics, and events open to the Columbia community.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Events At and Around Columbia

Sept. 8-Oct. 14 | Can't Stop Won't Stop: Meditations on Resilience

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: Meditations on Resilience organized by cultural practitioner, william cordova, focuses on three distinct print projects by Fab Five Freddy (Fred Brathwaite), Lee Quiñones, and william cordova published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University. Fab Five Freddy and Quinoñes are known for pioneering aerosol art (graffiti) in the late 1970s and were key protagonists in Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style (1983), the cult classic film that introduced graffiti art and early Hip Hop to the world. More information.

Sept. 15-17 | Spanish Harlem Dance Festival

Devoted to the multicultural nature of New York City, the festival boldly responds to the blurring of cultures from different diasporas, it celebrates and examines the influence of Latinos in America as a place of immigration and mixed cultures; while seeking to showcase dance artists who explore a range of narratives of Latino culture and/or current issues: immigration, forced displacement, identity, and transculturation. Register to attend. 

Sept. 21 at 4:00 p.m. | Book Talk: Why Didn't You Tell Me? A Memoir, with Carmen Rita Wong

Join author and Teacher College alumna Carmen Rita Wong in a discussion of her new book, "Why Didn't You Tell Me? A Memoir." Register to attend. 

Sept. 29 at 5:00 p.m. | The Art of the Latinx Rant

The Art of the Latinx Rant: a conversation between Joanna Hausmann and Frances Negron-Muntaner on identity, humor, and more. Register to attend. 

Sept. 29 at 6:00 p.m. | Saludos desde Mariúpol: Covering Ukraine for the Spanish Audience

In the Spanish media landscape, the shadow of Russia has always loomed large over the image of Ukraine: a confusion fueled by geographical distance and historical myth-making. The Russian-Ukrainian war that began in 2014 and the current large-scale invasion have created an opportunity for Spanish journalists to get to know Ukraine, challenge stereotypes, and engage in a dialogue with the readers back home. Register to attend. 

Oct. 5 at 6:00 p.m. | Negras & Yo, Makandal Short Stories and Poem at Sundial House.

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (Puerto Rico) will join her translator, Alejandro Álvarez Nieves, to present a new English anthology that includes her short-story collection Negras and a selection of poems from Yo, Makandal. Professor Odette Casamayor Cisneros (University of Pennsylvania) will be the moderator. Hosted at Casa Hispanica, 601 W. 116th St. More information here. 

Stories You Should Read for Hispanic Heritage Month

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón, Federico García Lorca, Cristina Teuscher, and Rolando Acosta.

This Hispanic Heritage Month, Here Are 13 Columbians You Should Know

From chess to remarkable works of literature, science to photography, here are just a few groundbreaking Hispanic Columbians.

Daniel Alarcón Tells Stories Without Borders

The writer and 2021 MacArthur fellow chronicles life in Spanish and English, through fiction and fact, in print and on the air.

How One Sociologist Finds Inspiration for His Research Outside the University

Mario Luis Small talks about growing up in Panama and how his perspective has contributed to his path-breaking research on networks, urban inequality, and qualitative methodology. 

The Nuances of the Term 'Hispanic'

"No matter the term that's used to talk about the community, the reality is that even these fights and searches for better terms reflect the tensions and contradictions of what it means to live under empire," said Jorge Rodriguez (UTS'16, UTS'21), visiting assistant professor of historical studies at Union Theological Seminary. 

Meet 15 'Lions of Social Justice' From the Class of 2022

From Argentina to Miami, get to know a few Columbians who are committed to social justice work in Hispanic/Latinx communities. 

Columbia to House El Diario Photo Archive

El Diario La Prensa, the nation’s oldest continuously publishing Spanish-language newspaper, has given the university some 5,000 photographs documenting the lives of New York’s Latinos, their struggles, and their contributions to the city and its culture.

The Daughter of An Immigrant and A Veteran Chronicles the Vietnam War Era

In her poetry collection, "Year of the Dog," Professor Deborah Paredez invites readers to question the ways we document our history.

Book Review: "Lost Children Archive"

Each year tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children cross the southern border of the U.S. to confront an immigration system that is at best ill-prepared and at worst unapologetically hostile. Valeria Luiselli (GSAS'15) knows that system well.

A New Type of Social Currency

Valor y Cambio encourages Puerto Ricans to share their personal stories.

Major League Baseball’s First Latina Announcer

Marysol Castro (JRN'00) is changing the game with the New York Mets.

Sonnets on the Barrio

Columbia Libraries acquired the papers of the late Jack Agüeros, Latino poet, playwright, and political activist. The author of five books, Agüeros is best known for his sonnets about the struggles of Puerto Rican immigrants in the city. He directed El Museo del Barrio, a visual-arts center in his native East Harlem, from 1977 to 1986. His son, Marcel Agüeros, is an astronomy professor at Columbia. 

The Science Life: Andrès Villegas

How did a neurodiverse family shape a scientist's interest in the brain? Meet Andrès Villegas, graduate student in the Siegelbaum lab.

Hispanic Institute

Founded in 1920 as the Instituto de las Españas, the Hispanic Institute for Latin American & Iberian Cultures is a scholarly and cultural center whose aims are to disseminate research on Iberian and Latin American cultures in all their manifestations and to promote academic and social events that showcase new contributions to Latin American and Iberian cultural production in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Library Acquires Archive of Playwright Myrna Casas

Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired the archive of Puerto Rican playwright Myrna Casas, who is considered one of the most important Latin American dramatists of her generation.

Speaking Up

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (CC'91) made history by becoming the first Latina elected to citywide office.