UNCA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
with a Variety of Programs
UNC Asheville will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of
cultural and educational programs. Highlights include a comedic
performance by Adrian Villegas of the Latino Comedy Project and a talk by
a Mayan scholar. All events are free and open to the public.
-- Comedian Adrian
Villegas will perform his one-man show, "Barrio Daze" at
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in UNCA’s Humanities Lecture Hall. The show takes a
comedic look at nine Hispanic cultural and racial stereotypes. Villegas is
the founder of the award-winning Latino Comedy Project based in Austin,
Texas. He has performed at the Latino Comedy Festival and at Chicago’s
Mexican-American Fine Arts Center Museum, among others. Villegas’ work
has been profiled in "Hispanic" magazine and on National Public
-- The Asheville Community Theatre will stage "Bodas de Sangre"
("Blood Wedding") at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at 35Below, 35
Walnut St., Asheville. The Spanish-language production is directed by
Greta Trautmann, UNCA assistant professor of Spanish. Written by Garcia
Lorca, "Bodas de Sangre" was first performed in 1933 and is
credited with restoring Spanish poetry to the stage. The play is the true
story of a bride who ran away with her lover on her wedding night. Set in
rural Spain, the play focuses on themes of family, loyalty, love, hope and
-- UNCA will host a Hispanic Culinary Appreciation Dinner from 4:45-7
p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at UNCA’s Dining Hall. Traditional Hispanic foods
will be served. Admission is $5 or is included in the UNCA Meal Card.
Swinners, CEO of Diversity Speakers, will present a talk on
"Hispanics 101" at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in UNCA’s Laurel
Forum, Karpen Hall. Swinners, a motivational speaker, has been recognized
as "One of Texas’ Most Influential Women" by Texas Hispanic
Magazine. She was also inducted into "The Hispanic Women’s Hall of
Fame" by Hispanic Women in Leadership" and is the co-author of
"Tortilla Soup," a collection of inspirational Latino stories.
-- Jose Antonio Otzoy, a Kakchiquel Mayan theologian and poet, will
discuss "Social Justice in 21st Century Guatemala: The Role of Mayan
Culture and Mayan Spiritual Understandings" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
22, in UNCA’s Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. Otzoy has spent his life as a
student of indigenous spirituality and has consulted with Maya priests and
elders in Mayan communities throughout Guatemala. He is an ordained
minister in the Presbyterian Church of Guatemala and is an adjunct faculty
member in Maya spirituality at Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana in San
Jose, Costa Rica and at the Reformed Seminary in Mexico City. During the
last 20 years he has worked closely with the internationally known Maya
poet Julia Esquivel, exploring the roots of Maya culture and faith.
For more information about UNCA’s Hispanic Heritage month, call UNCA’s
Multicultural Student Affairs Office at 828/232-5110.
- Deirdre Wiggins, Multicultural Student Programs Director,
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526