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UT Events Highlight Hispanic Heritage Month

Published: September 26, 2007
UT is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a reading from a renowned novelist and a series of events.

Pablo Medina, the author of four previous collections of poetry, three novels, a memoir, and a book of translations, will read from his work Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Reeves Theater in the Vaughn Center (Campus Map). The reading is free and open to the public.

Medina grew up in Havana, Cuba and then moved with his family to New York City. He is currently on the writing faculties of the New School and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Medina has received several awards for his work, among them grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The reading is presented by the Department of English and Writing in cooperation with the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. This event is also sponsored in part by HOLA, the UT Hispanic Organization for Latin Americans.

Residence Life is also sponsoring a discussion titled “Hispanic or Latino? How do you identify? Why does it matter?” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Austin Hall Oak Community Room on campus.

On Friday, HOLA and the UT Office of Residence Life will host “Bienvenidos Fiesta!,” a celebration of Latin spirit featuring food, music, prizes and dance. The event will be held in Vaughn Courtyard on Friday, Sept. 28 at noon.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 813-253-6233.