JJC Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Community members are invited to attend a wide range of events at JJC as the college observes Latinx Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

From Here- Desde Aqui 

Friday, Sept. 11- Monday, Oct. 16, Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery

Two emerging artists from Joliet come together to share an exhibition of mixed media works. The artwork emphasized their Mexican heritage. 


El Grito de JJC

Friday, Sept. 15, 12:30 p.m., A-1061

Learn about the historical and current instrumental figures in the struggle for independence and progress of Latinxs in the United States.


Escape into America: Book Discussion with Author Flavio Rivera

Friday, Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m., A-1061

Meet author Flavio Rivera and discuss current immigration issues affecting the local community and his book, Escape into America. Rivera’s novel tells the story of immigrants who have left their families behind in pursuit of a better life – even though the journey to America is difficult and dangerous. Refreshments will be served.


What Does it Mean to be Latina/Latino/Latinx in the U.S. Today?

Friday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m., A-1002

“Latinx” is the gender-neutral alternative to “Latino,” “Latina” and “Latin@.” Stop by for an interactive discussion about Latinx identity and how it relates to political, cultural and economic power in the United States. Refreshments will be served.


Taste of Oaxaca
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet

Join us for a live food demonstration by a local JJC Oaxacan family and learn how to make traditional dishes from the southern state of Oaxaca in México. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about ancient culture, music and deep indigenous traditions of the culinary capital of México. http://jolietlibrary.libcal.com/event/3385432


Immigrant/International Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, Sept. 27, Noon, D-1010

Students who are from other countries and students interested in learning about other countries are invited to the Immigrant/International Lunch Bunch. Join us for a free lunch and conversation about the U.S. and many other countries!


Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinxs in the America (Film/Discussion)

Friday, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m., A-1061

Watch the film based on the award-winning book, Harvest of Empire, written by Juan González. This gripping documentary reveals the political and social roots that have driven millions to migrate from Latin America to the United States. The film examines the role of the United States military and economic interests in Latin American countries.


Dia de La Raza: A Celebration and Recognition of the Indigenous Roots of the Americas

Wednesday, Oct. 4, Noon, Center Bridge

Danzas Ceremoniales de México will perform indigenous dances, songs and poetry. The presentation will educate attendees about the indigenous contributions to the Americas and why there is resistance of celebrating the national holiday, Columbus Day.


Documented (Film/Discussion)

Friday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m., A-1061

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in New York Times Magazine. This film chronicles his journey.


The History of La Lotería and a Window into Méxican Culture

Friday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m., A-1061

Learn how to play the famous Méxican game, La Lotería. Prizes awarded.

Co-sponsored with Latinos Unidos


¡Leer es Poder! – Library Display

September 15 to October 15

Visit the JJC Library for a display of books by U.S. Latinx and Latin American authors.


For more information about Latinx Heritage Month, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) at (815) 280-6709 or visit jjc.edu/info/omsa.

 Events sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of Student Activities, Fine Arts and Latinos Unidos.

Latinx is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina and Latin@. 

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