Institute for Latino Studies celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with lectures, performances

The Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame will host a series of events in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the stories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. It coincides with independence celebrations in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.

The events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Martha Gonzalez, assistant professor at Scripps College and leader of the Grammy Award-winning Chicano band Quetzal, presents the lecture, “Agnostic Harmony and Transformation,” at 4:30 p.m. in the Smith Ballroom, Salon C, at the Morris Inn.

Friday, Sept. 22

The Grammy Award-winning Chicano band Quetzal performs at 7:30 p.m. inside Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Tickets required. Visit for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 28

Hip-hop activist and scholar Olmeca presents the lecture, “Latinx Identity and Power,” at 7 p.m. in 140 DeBartolo Hall.

Monday, Oct. 2

Poet Elizabeth Acevedo performs at 7:30 p.m. at 100-104 McKenna Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

The Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture, “A Conversation with Archbishop José H. Gomez,” takes place at 4:30 p.m. at the Eck Visitor Center Auditorium.

Thursday, Oct. 12

Teatro Milagro presents, “El Payaso,” a play about environmental justice in Central America, at 7 p.m. in the Philbin Studio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Tickets required. Visit for more information.

Building upon the history of Latinos at Notre Dame and the outstanding intellectual legacy of Julian Samora, a pioneering Latino scholar and professor of sociology, the Institute for Latino Studies supports scholarly initiatives in Latino studies as a key component of Notre Dame’s academic mission.

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Contact: Erin Blasko, assistant director of media relations, 574-631-4127,

Originally published by Erin Blasko at on September 18, 2017.