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Hispanic Lecture Series 2014

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CHISPA Centro Hispano FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/18/2014
Bangor, Maine 04401
Contact: Ángel M. Loredo, amloredo@EmbracingDiversity.Com, 207-478-1019

CHISPA Centro Hispano announces the Seventh Annual Hispanic Lecture Series for Latino Heritage Month celebrated during September and October.

The venue for the Annual Lecture Series is the St. John Hill Auditorium (165 Barrows Hall) on the University of Maine campus. All lectures are in English and will start at 6:30pm. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture on Thursday, September 18, 2014 is entitled, “The Story of the Bezoar Stone: A Wonder Medicine from the Andes,” featuring Dr. Luis Millones Figueroa, professor of Spanish at Colby College. Dr. Millones Figueroa will draw from his extensive research of the Andes early modern science and natural histories of the New World.

The second lecture is schedule for Thursday, September 25, 2014 entitled, “Ventajas del bilingüismo – Advantages of Bilingualism.” Presented by Dr. Minerva Villafane, a clinical psychiatrist. Dr. Villafane received her MD degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and her Psychiatry Residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Puerto Rico.

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, Dr. Carlos Villacorta Gonzáles, assistant professor at the University of Maine will present, “Alicia, esto es el capitalismo: when fiction depicts economy.” A Peruvian Hispanic literature scholar, fiction writer, and poet, Dr. Villacorta Gonzáles’ lecture will engage the audience by presenting the crossroads between fiction and economics.

Dr. Claudia Paz Aburto Guzmán, Spanish Department Chair at Bates College is the final presenter. Her lecture entitled, “Immigration issues impacting the Latino community.” is scheduled for Thursday, October 9th, 2014. A distinguished Hispanic literature scholar and poet, Dr. Aburto Guzmán addresses the global implication that lead to current immigration issues.

Co-sponsoring the Hispanic Lecture Series with CHISPA is the University of Maine College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, and the History Department. CHISPA is very happy that the University of Maine is cosponsoring the lecture series and hopes to continue the partnership.

CHISPA is based in Bangor, Maine and is one of two Latino organizations in state. The Mission of CHISPA is to educate the State of Maine on Latino culture, heritage, and language.


For more information about CHISPA Centro Hispano, please contact us at: or call Angel Loredo at 207.478.1019. Follow us Facebook: Chispa-Centro Hispano group.