For Immediate Release
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September 11,  2000
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Celebrate Puerto Rican Culture and the Lares Revolt of 1868

Celebrating the first significant rebellion of the Puerto Rican peopleagainst Spanish colonial rule, Indiana UniversityNorthwest will present a musical an educational event, Pride andPolitics of Puerto Rican History and Culture, on Thursday, Sept. 28at 7 p.m. in the SavannahCenter Auditorium

“This event will be the celebration of the Lares Revolt which occurredon Sept. 23, 1868 in the town of Lares, Puerto Rico,” says Dr. RaoulContreras, Latino Studies Program professor. “It was on this day andin this revolt that the Puerto Rican nation and their national identitywas born.”  

During the program, Jose Lopez of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center inChicago will discuss the Lares Revolt and its contemporary significanceto Puerto Rican history, culture and politics. He is one of the foundersand currently executive director of the center and also teaches at NortheasternIllinois University and Columbia College.  

Bombache, a nationally known Chicago based artistic ensemblethat presents the Puerto Rican cultural experience in popular narration’sof music and dance will also highlight the event. 

Pride and Politics of Puerto Rican History and Culture , is onein a series of yearlong Diversity Programming at Indiana University Northwest.Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Latino Studies program,the program is open to the community free of charge. For more informationcontact Dr. Contreras at 219-980-6665 or at Rcontrer@iunhaw1.iun.indiana.edu.

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