• Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony

Celebrating our Future while Embracing our Past

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007
1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Donahue 403

Join us as we kick off our month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage. Our keynote speaker, Raquel Ortiz, will speak on "The Importance of Legacy."

Raquel Ortiz is an award-winning producer, writer, and director. She has 35 years of experience in television and educational production within the public broadcast system and the media. She also owned and managed her own independent production company, Ortiz/Simon Productions, Inc., which specialized in the development and production of multicultural film and video projects; produced multimedia educational videos and TV and radio commercials; and has consulted for various media entities in the United States and Latin America. Her award-winning works include the Latino series La Plaza produced for WGBH-TV in Boston, the educational language video Caminos des Jaguar, and Mi Puerto Rico, a personal documentary journey exploring the complex relationship between Puerto Rico and the US for PBS.

Ortiz's latest book, The Silk Purse, chronicles the life of a young Puerto Rican girl growing up in the Bronx and provides an intimate portrayal of a Puerto Rican family and their close-knit neighborhood. According to Ortiz, "...the most important thing we can leave behind is our legacy, especially if we don't have children of our own. Our stories, our experiences, our lesson; the things you learn from your family, be it cultural, language, history, idiosyncratic and personal. The lessons you learned on your own - but with the inner voice of your family and heritage -- both the good and the bad -- that helped give you perspective and helped make you your own person, more authentic. My intention here is that the stories will help make life for our children, our family, and our community better by adding context, depth and perspective. My hope is that perhaps my stories, be they documentaries or a memoir or a speech, inform, engage and enlighten their spirits, and maybe even make their lives a little brighter, if only for a brief moment."

Reception and book signing will follow.  Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Communication & Journalism Department and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

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