Students, Faculty, Photographers and Visiting Lecturers Headline September Schedule

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – On the heels of a Yucatan slide show and bilingual education lecture this past week that resumed SUNY Orange’s “Global Initiative: Latin America” activities for the fall semester, the College has planned a student panel discussion on Latino America for 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 27.

The discussion, featuring SUNY Orange students from countries such as Mexico, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil, is the next event in the College’s first Global Initiative, a yearlong focus on Latin American culture, heritage, geography, art, music, language and much more. While a majority of the Global Initiative panels and lectures will be steeped in academics, the student panel is designed to offer a unique and fresh perspective on the cultural experiences of those students in 21st Century America. The event will be held in Room 207 of the Bio-Tech Building, located on the College’s Middletown campus.

On Sept. 28, SUNY Orange will unveil “Images of Peru” in Orange Hall Gallery. The month-long exhibit, which runs through Oct. 29, will feature photographs by anthropologist and retired SUNY Orange professor Barry Kass, along with Latin American artwork provided courtesy of Elisa Pritzker, an artist and art consultant.

The College officially began its Global Initiative with a kickoff lecture and campus visit by Dr. Patricio Navia, noted author and professor at New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Navia’s keynote address, “The State of Democracy in Latin America,” was delivered in Orange Hall Theater on April 26. Over a two-day span this past week, SUNY Orange professor Kathleen Wright conducted a slide show and presentation on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and Columbia University professor Maria Torres-Guzman delivered a bilingual education lecture in Harriman Hall as the Global Initiative resumed in earnest. Wright is organizing a trip to the Yucatan in March 2008 in conjunction with Global Initiative.

Spearheaded by SUNY Orange’s new Global Studies Department, this debut Global Initiative project is designed to integrate all elements of Latin American culture into the College’s curriculum while also involving students, faculty, staff and community members in discussions, lectures, workshops and other special events.

A number of the College’s academic departments have incorporated Latin American-based courses into their programs, while a robust schedule of events throughout the academic year includes: Latino lecturers invited to speak to both students and county residents; an immigration and migration workshop; and concerts, art exhibits and plays by Latino artists that will be performed by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. Many other events are being planned and will be announced as they are scheduled.

For more information on “Global Initiative: Latin America” contact SUNY Orange at (845) 341-4983 or visit www.sunyorange.edu.

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Mike Albright
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