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Celebrate 4th Annual Puerto Rican History & Culture during Hispanic Heritage Month at IU Northwest

The Latino Studies Program at Indiana University Northwest will celebrate Puerto Rican history and culture through an exciting night of dance, music, and food on Fri., Sept. 23 in the Savannah Center Auditorium. A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by an overview of the Puerto Rican community and culture of northwest Indiana at 7:00 p.m. and then a musical performance by AfriCaribe at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Using dance, music, theatre and other artistic mediums to celebrate the historical development of Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures, Africaribe will present an exciting and educational performance that integrates cultural traditions of all Puerto Rican ethnic ancestors with a focus on the presence of African cultures in the Caribbean.

AfriCaribe is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, research, promotion and development of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures through music, dance, theatre and other artistic mediums. AfriCaribe serves the greater Chicagoland area in a variety of ways. Based in Humboldt Park, AfriCaribe's academy is able to offer classes to neighborhood residents of various ages and ethnic and cultural backgrounds in an easily accessible location situated in the heart of Paseo Boricua. Instructors in the academy have also worked very closely with other Chicago-based entities to provide cultural education including Dance Africa and the Chicago Public Schools. While AfriCaribe is an organization created to celebrate African traditions in Puerto Rican and other Caribbean cultures, the performance ensemble serves numerous other ethnic and cultural groups. It also travels to various parts of the city and surrounding communities to share the accumulated knowledge and experience of the members with interested parties including universities, colleges, churches, community centers and other civic organizations.

This event is co-sponsored by the IU Northwest Department of Minority Studies Latino Studies Program, the Latino Student Organization Alianza Latina del Medio-oeste de America (ALMA) and the Diversity Programming Group of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning. Community partners include National Conference of Puerto Rican Women Indiana Chapter, Puerto Rican Parade and Cultural Organization, Hijos de Borinquen, and the Hammond Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of the Minority Studies-Latino Studies program at IU Northwest. Additional events to be held this fall to celebrate Hispanic Heritage include:

Fri,, Nov. 4, 2005 Noche de Celebracion

Savannah Center, IU Northwest

Art, Dance, Music and Food

6:00 p.m. - Food, gallery exhibition and DJ

7:00 p.m. - Performance in Tamarack Theatre

Sat., Nov. 12, 2005 - 3RD Annual Endowment Fundraiser Dinner Dance

St. Hellenic Center in Merrillville

6:00 p.m. Cocktails

7:00 p.m. Dinner

9 p.m. Dance

Cost is $25 per person

For more information please call: Dr. Raoul Contreras, Faculty Advisor at 980-6665, or June M. Long, Staff Advisor at 981-4348 or Rosa Estrada, ALMA Co-chair at 801-1157



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer
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