Calendar of Events for 2015 – 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar 2015HHM calendar

Thursday, September 10th, 7:30 pm ECCE Speaker Series Event, “U.S.-Cuba Relations: Will This Thaw Continue?” with Frank Argote-Freyre, Brookens Auditorium.

Description: Was the historic meeting on April 11, 2014 between Raul Castro and Barack Obama at the Summit of the Americas a harbinger of a normalized relationship between the U.S. and Cuba? Will the U.S. soon end its trade embargo? Will the Cuban government protect human rights? These questions and others will be addressed by Dr. Argote-Freyre.
Sponsored by: World Affairs Council of Central Illinois. Co-sponsored by UIS Diversity Center and UIS Organization of Latin American Students.


Monday, September 14

10-10:30 a.m. – Flag Ceremony, Legacy Campus flagpoles
Description: Hispanic Heritage month will be opened with the raising of the flags from four Latin American countries.
Sponsored by: UIS Organization of Latin American Students, Cygnets, and Multicultural Male Society

2-3:30 pm – Soup and Conversation with Ruben Dario Gómez Gonzalez and the Mustard Seed Peace Project, and Americorps; Diversity Center
Description: Come and enjoy a free lunch while learning about the struggles of the Mayan people in Guatemala and how volunteer organizations are helping them to rebuild their communities. Get information about how you could become a volunteer in Central America. Also learn how you can make a commitment to serving others here in the United States via AmeriCorps.
Sponsored by: the Diversity Center and the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center

7-9 pm – ECCE Speaker Series Event, “Latin America/ns: Relating Diversity, History, Experiences and Assimilation in the US,” Panel Discussion, Brookens Auditorium
Description: This panel, made up of individuals from a variety of Latin American countries, will discuss the racial/ethnic makeup and current and historic social/political issues of their respective homelands. They will explain the reasons for emigration out of their respective countries and reflect on their own experiences as they have attempted to integrate into this country’s society.
Sponsored by: ECCE Speaker Series, UIS Organization of Latin American Students, and the Diversity Center


Wednesday, September 16th, 12-6 pm  Elote Fundraiser on the Quad (rain location – PAC Concourse)
Description: OLAS will be selling Elote or “corn in a cup.” All proceeds will go towards our trip to the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute National Conference in February. Come out and support our efforts and enjoy this traditional Mexican food!
Sponsored by: UIS Organization of Latin American Students


Friday, September 18th, 7 pm  Loteria Night, LRH Greatroom
Description: This traditional Hispanic “Bingo” game can be enjoyed even if you do not speak Spanish. In fact, you might learn a few words in the process! Come out and support the Cygnets and have fun at the same time.
Sponsored by: Cygnets


Saturday, September 19th, 3 pm Cygnets Informational Meeting, Pennyroyal 2
Description: Interested in Greek Life? Meet the Cygnets: The Official Interest Group of Gamma Phi Omega


Monday, September 21st, 6 pm Mexican Muralists: Public Art for Social Transformation with Chicano Artist Eric J. Garcia, Brookens Auditorium
Description: After the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century, the new government started funding major public art projects. Murals by the best artists in Mexico were not created for the art world, but to communicate social and political messages to the public. They illustrated Mexican history and celebrated indigenous roots and non-European identity. They empowered the Mexican people, especially workers and peasants. The Mexican Mural Movement became a model for public and political art that continues to inspire artists around the world, including Latinos such as presenter and artist Eric J. Garcia. Reception to follow at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery.
Sponsored by: ECCE Speaker Series; Co-sponsors: Political Art and the Public Sphere Forum; UIS Organization of Latin American Students; UIS Sociology/Anthropology Department; UIS Political Sciences Department; UIS Department of Art, Music, and Theatre; Capital Scholars Honors Program and the Diversity Center


September 21-October 15th, Eric J. Garcia Exhibit The UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents the work of Chicano artist Eric J. Garcia, whose art is historically based and politically charged. Using a range of media and stylistic approaches, he seeks to re-evaluate and challenge complex issues and one-sided dogmas of western history and art.
Sponsored by: Department of Art, Music, and Theater


Wednesday, September 23rd, 10am-2pm  Fruit in a Cup Fundraiser, PAC Concourse
Sponsored by: Cygnets


Sunday, October 4th, 7 pm, Compañia Flamenca José Porcel – Flamenco Fire, Sangamon Auditorium, FREE to students
Description: This breathtaking extravaganza showcases the purity and authenticity of the golden age of flamenco.  Considered Spain’s premier flamenco dancer and choreographer, José Porcel was lead dancer with the renowned Ballet Nacional de España before forming this group with some of the world’s most acclaimed flamenco dancers, instrumentalists, and vocalists.  Bring your i-card to the Ticket Office after September 8 to claim your free ticket.
Sponsored by: Sangamon Auditorium


Tuesday, October 6th, 4-6 pm One Book, One UIS, Soup and Conversation at the Diversity Center
Description: In conjunction with the One Book, One UIS, initiative centered around John Lewis’ book series March, the topic will be intersectionality and identity. Come and join us for some hot soup and engaging conversation.
Sponsored by: One Book Committee, LGBTQA Resource Office, Diversity Center


Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00 pm Juan Felipe Herrera Presentation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Union Theater, 212 North Sixth St., Springfield, IL. FREE but RSVP required to reserve a seat; to RSVP go to
Description: Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States, will sign books and perform his works.
Sponsored by: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Poetry Foundation


Wednesday, October 7th, 12-6 pm  Chicharrones and Aguas Frescas Fundraiser, Quad (rain location: PAC Concourse)
Description: OLAS will be selling Chicharrones de Harina or “flour chips” with fresh fruit juices. All proceeds will go towards our trip to the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute National Conference in February.
Sponsored by: UIS Organization of Latin American Students


Thursday, October 8th, 4-6 pm Screening of “Latinos Beyond Reel,” LRH Greatroom
Description: In this documentary, the filmmakers examine how US news and entertainment media portray – and do not portray – Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, and more, they uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and underrepresentation.
Sponsored by: UIS Organization of Latin American Students. Co-sponsored by:  Cygnets and Multicultural Male Society


Saturday, October 10th, 9 pm – 1 am Hispanic Heritage Month Wrap-up Party, SLB Gym
Description: Come join us in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with some authentic Latino food, music and dancing.
Sponsored by: UIS Organization of Latin American Students, Cygnets, and Multicultural Male Society

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Laci Green: Best Sex Ever!
Queertober Opening Event & Reception
Friday, October 2, 7PM, Brookens Auditorium

What makes for the best sex ever? Come find out! In this upbeat program, students get a sex positive crash-course about the safe and healthy exploration of their sexuality while in college. Brace yourself for lots of laughs, useful info you never knew you needed, and a fun night that always draws a crowd. Laci’s presentation is interactive so be prepared for a fun dialogue on sex between all genders with a sex positive question and answer period! Download the Laci Green Flyer.
Sponsors: Student Activities Committee, Health Services, Student Government Association, LGBTQA Resource Office, Women & Gender Studies. More about Laci at or on YouTube at

Soup and Conversation: MARCHING to Social Justice
Tuesday, October 6, 4-6PM, Diversity Center Lounge SLB22

This discussion event is in conjunction with the MARCH series of books produced by Congressman John Lewis. We invite thoughtful and respectful discussion as to how we, as a nation can utilize the tactics and strategies of the Civil Right Movement, to continue to MARCH into social justice for all social identity groups in the 21st century.

Closet Door on the Quad – Recognizing National Coming Out Day
Wednesday, October 7, 4-6PM – Free t-shirts available at SLB22

National Coming Out day is held annually to encourage people to take the next step in their coming out process, and commemorates the 1987 National March on Washington for LGBTQ equality. UIS celebrates with the Closet Door on the Quad. Participants are encouraged to walk through the door and tell their coming out stories or why they are allies to the LGBTQA population. Wear your t-shirt!

One Book, One UIS: MARCH: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Social Justice 1965/2015
Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Monday, October 19, 7PM, Sangamon Auditorium

MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis is the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year’s One Book, One UIS.  Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell will speak to our campus and Illinois communities about MARCH.

The Legacy Wall: First Interactive Traveling LGBT History Exhibit
Illinois State Library (Free). Thursday Oct 15,  Campus shuttle leaves from the LGBTQA Resource Office, Student Life Building, at 3PM.

The Legacy Wall will feature the stories of LGBT people from all walks of life throughout history who have contributed in over 20 distinct fields. The content is international and multicultural, and has been substantially vetted and sourced. This wonderfully positive and inspiring exhibit will tell the stories behind such figures as social justice pioneer Jane Addams, civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin, British mathematician Alan Turing, U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, astronaut Sally Ride, iconic artist Michelangelo, and Fr. Mychal Judge – the “Saint of 9/11” – over 100 “mini-biographies.”
In addition to a broad spectrum of historical content, the installation also highlights the challenges faced by LGBT youth with data culled from the 2013 GLSEN National School Climate Survey about the effectiveness of LGBT content-inclusion for substantially lowering the incidence of bullying in our schools. The goal of the Legacy Wall is to use the powerful lessons of history to raise cultural awareness, to promote a feeling of safety and belonging in the classroom, and to give our children hope by improving their outlook on life. The installation is endorsed by the Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Department of Tourism, and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

Cultural Code Switching in America
A Reading from Slow Lightning – Eduardo C. Corral
Thursday, October 29. 7PM, LRH Great Room, ECCE Speaker Series

Co-sponsored by UIS Department of English, UIS LGBTQA Resource Office, UIS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Vachel Lindsay Association

Eduardo C. Corral will present poems from his collection, Slow Lightning, a text that breaks taboos in embracing minority voices, using bilingualism and lyricism to explore the limitations individuals like him face. As Carl Phillips, however, notes in the forward to Corral’s book: “a cage implies all the rest that lies outside it; any frame frames a window through which to see other possibilities unfolding” (2012).  Corral’s poetry addresses these possibilities as he provides a direct way of engaging with an anti-immigrant and heteronormative society to bring about positive social change.

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Quarterly West. His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he currently lives in New York City.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Live!
Friday, October 30, 8PM. Hoogland Center for the Arts

Limited number of free student tickets. Write to reserve a ticket. Shuttle leaves from the Student Life Building at 7PM.