Library to host CHISPA Centro Hispano lectures|

Posted Sept. 17, 2013, at 9:13 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — CHISPA Centro Hispano will present its sixth annual Lecture Series 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursdays, in September and October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library. The lectures are in English, and free and open to the public.

The schedule is:

• Sept. 19, “Right of Water: Story of Bangor’s Salvadoran Sister City” with Jan Morrill of Bangor. Morrill is community organizer who has worked with the Bangor-­Carasque Sister City Project. Her talk will focus on the Carasque community’s efforts with water rights. She will discuss community organizing efforts to overcome governmental bureaucracies in order to secure clean drinking water.

• Sept. 26, “Thinking Outside the Box” with Elise M. Baldacci Esq. of Bangor. Baldacci is a practicing attorney who completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and a law degree from the University of Maine Law School in Portland. Baldacci, who is of Panamanian, Italian and Lebanese ancestry, will discuss how creativity, persistence and initiative are the critical factors needed to secure employment after graduation.

• Oct. 3, “From A Guatemalan Exchange Student to Banking Executive: Living the American Dream” with Elena Martin. An immigrant from Guatemala, Martin received a business degree from Husson University. Her lecture will focus on her journey and the challenges she encountered securing a position in a bank while adapting to the Maine culture, language and business style. With her motivational story, Martin hopes to reach other immigrants interested in continuing their professional careers in their adopted United States homeland.

• Oct. 10, “Jayuya, Tierra Taina,” a film by award winning Mexican American documentarist Juan Carranza. The film captures the colorful celebration of the Taina indigenous heritage and the sentiments of Puerto Rican people. Carranza’s film recently won the Rincon International Film Festival of Puerto Rico. After the film, he will discuss his experiences about making the film. Carranza’s career in film includes working in Spanish speaking media and owning a documentary film company.

For information about CHISPA Centro Hispano, email centrohispanochispa@gmail.com, call Maria Rave at 207-735-5480 or go to chispacentrohispano.wordpress.com.

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