Latinx Heritage Month

2018 Latinx Poster

Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, notes in her essay, The Equalizing Force of History, "History is a great equalizer. It cuts through rhetoric and propaganda with the mere presence of the truth. During these times where the people in the highest levels of politics and law enforcement are increasingly and vindictively targeting the Latinx community, celebrations like Latinx Heritage Month take on that much more significance...Read more

LatinX Heritage Month, or Hispanic Heritage month (official government designation) recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of LatinX Americans to the U.S. and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of Americans from or with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain and Central and South America. The UO honors the culturally preferred and more appropriate term of LatinX Heritage Month and expands events through early November. The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.

Hispanic Heritage month first began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded to cover a 30 day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and is now officially September 15 to October 15. Mid-September was chosen because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.


2018 events 

    Friday, september 21, 2018

    Gallery Talk: Elsa Mora

    4:00pm - 5:00pm | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art 

    Artist Elsa Mora gives a gallery talk about her new exhibition, Paper Weight: Works in Paper by Elsa Mora.

    september 2018 - september 2019

    Flor y canto: Diego Rivera’s La ofrenda and Rufino Tamayo’s Perro aullando a la luna 

    Morris Graves Gallery: September 20, 2018 - February 17, 2019 

    Focus West Gallery: February 23, 2019 - September 1, 2019

    Saturday, september 29, 2018

    Power in Puerto Rico

    6:00pm – 8:00pm | Temple Beth Israel | 1175 East 29th Av.

    Political • Economic • Environmental

    • History & analysis by UO Professor Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel and David Sáez, Director, Centro Latino Americano
    • Enjoy a simple Puerto Rican dinner and music by Rico Perez

    This is a fundraiser for Puerto Rico relief, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    Monday, October 1, 2018

    Cascadia Concert Opera presents: “Tango of the White Gardenia”

    7:00pm | Beall Concert Hall | Hosted by University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.

    Tango of the White Gardenia, a compelling new chamber opera in English, weaves together humor, emotional depth, and timely messages through the riveting music and dance of Argentine Tango.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America

    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | 110 Knight Law Center | Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center and the UO chapter of Define American.

    Screening of award-winning documentary followed by discussion

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018

    Black Latina The Play

    7:30 pm | Hope Theatre, UO | Presented by UO Latinx Strategies Group, UO Black Strategies Group, and UO Theatre Arts. 

    Monday, October 22, 2018

    CLLAS Teach-in: Film and Activism with film director Peter Bratt

    11:00am - 12:30pm | Crater Lake Rooms, EMU | Presented by Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies

    Monday, October 22, 2018

    CLLAS Dolores Film Screening & Discussion with film director Peter Bratt

    4:00pm - 6:30pm | Redwood Auditorium, EMU | Presented by Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies

    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Día de los Muertos Celebration

    6:00pm - 9:00pm | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art | Co-sponsored by Oak Hill School in conjunction with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, MEChA de UO, Adelante Sí, University of Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion, el Instituto de Cultura de Guanajuato, el Instituto Estatal de Migrante Guanajuatense y sus familias.

    Friday, November 2, 2018

    Día de los Muertos Celebration

    6:00pm - 9:00pm | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art | Co-sponsored by Oak Hill School in conjunction with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, MEChA de UO, Adelante Sí, University of Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion, el Instituto de Cultura de Guanajuato, el Instituto Estatal de Migrante Guanajuatense y sus familias.

    Sunday, November 4, 2018

    Oregon Composers Forum: Guest Artist Estelí Gomez

    4:00 PM | Beall Concert Hall

    September - December 2018

    Fiesta Cultural

    Fiesta Cultural is Lane County’s largest annual celebration of Latinx arts and culture, featuring over thirty events happening throughout Lane County September through December. An initiative led by Lane Arts Council, Fiesta Cultural creates opportunities for inclusion through the arts, and engages the community in welcoming multicultural programs and events that highlight the rich diversity of Latinx arts, culture and heritage in Lane County.

LatinX Heritage Month 2017

2017 Latinx Heritage Month Events Title Image

Empowerment Through History: A Reflection on Latinx Heritage Month 
by Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Yvette Alex-Assensoh. September 2017

History is never more valuable a guide than in times like these. It tells us where we’ve been and how we got here, and it reminds us of all we’ve accomplished and contributed along the way. History is power. In the midst of adversity, history reminds us that the real story is the resilience of the people; how so many brilliant and talented minds continue to thrive in spite of the efforts of craven politicians, overzealous law enforcement, and communities conditioned to fear them. As we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, we honor the heroes and achievements of the past, as well as those making history now, both nationally and here in our UO campus community... read more

2017 Events

  • FLOCK Party UO Fandangueros and Mariachi Zavala
  • Now I Am Your Neighbor performance sponsored by Community Alliance of Lane County
  • Aztlan Topializti Mural event
  • An Evening with Maria Hinojosa: host of NPR’s Latino USA sponsored by Oregon Humanities Center
  • Cuba Ocho art exhibit featuring contemporary Cuban art
  • Diálogos art exhibit featuring artists from Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the U.S.
  • Club de arte para mamas (madres club): Community art club for Spanish speaking mothers
  • Mochima: Venezuelan Folk Music Trio Sponsored by World Music Series with Oregon Humanities Center
  • DREAMer Ally Training for Faculty and Staff (Registration Full)
  • Communication, Communion, and Confrontation in Puerto Rican Art by Antonio Martorell sponsored by Teaching Engagement Program Community Grant
  • Penelope’s Loom: A Creative Writing Workshop
  • Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant Feat. José Antonio Vargas sponsored by Wayne Morse Center
  • Día de los MuertosTown Hall with Jose Antonio Vargas
  • Penelope’s Loom: A Public Reading
  • Mírame bien: Portraits of Mexico by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston
  • Oregon’s Latinx Roots: Documenting the History of the Latinx Community in Oregon
  • Lane Arts Council: Fiesta Cultural