Latinx Heritage Month

The College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with other units across campus, kicks off the fall 2021 semester with Latinx Heritage Month.

Nationally known as Hispanic Heritage month, the College will celebrate this commemoration as Latinx Heritage Month in order to be more inclusive of the identities and experiences of our students, faculty, staff and the community. During Latinx Heritage Month and throughout the academic year, the College is offering student-centered events that honor the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx peoples with ancestors and kinship ties across the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, and Spain. Programming will also engage the pressing issues facing Latinx peoples today, and ways to promote the inclusivity of Latinx students on our campus. 

Event Dates:

2021 Latinx Heritage Month Schedule

Tuesday, September 14

Center for 21st Century Music Season Kickoff Concert

7:30 p.m.

Christian Baldini, The Slee Sinfonietta
Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

Maestro Christian Baldini conducts the Slee Sinfonietta in a program of contemporary music featuring works by Christian Baldini, David Felder, Salvatore Sciarrino, Charles Wuorinen, and Edgard Varése.
To kickoff Hispanic heritage month, Maestro Christian Baldini will conduct the Slee Sinfonietta and bring his own compositional voice to the University at Buffalo.

Sponsored by The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music.

Wednesday, September 15

Identifying organic bystander interventions in racist social media interactions: Preliminary results

Maria Rodriguez, assistant professor, UB School of Social Work  

12-1 p.m.

Micro-blogging social media platforms, such as Twitter, afford social and health science researchers the opportunity to investigate the real-time reflections of individuals on their social and political environment—for example, whether witnesses of racist interactions on social media choose to intervene, and how. Bystander interventions take various forms, depending on who is targeted and how public the action is. Bystander anti-racism is conceptualized as actions taken by individuals to intervene in instances of interpersonal and/or systemic racism. This talk will discuss preliminary results from a study of tweets containing known racist keywords to examine ways in which platform users “organically” intervene in racist trolling—that is, the intervention is a personal reaction, not part of a formal program demonstration. As part of its analysis, the project seeks to develop a set of strategies that can be tested in follow up projects at scale. 

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Communication, Media Study, Sociology and the Graduate School of Education

Professor Maria Rodriquez’s research examines the ethical implications of algorithmic decision-making in human services, especially child welfare and looks at the lived experience of marginalized communities as described on social media. She has taught at Hunter College and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, before coming to UB in 2020. At Hunter College, she was awarded a President’s Initiative for Faculty Innovations in Teaching and Technology grant for a project titled “Preparing Community Organizing Students for their Digital Soapbox.”

Friday, September 17

Los Artistas del Barrio Buffalo's Annual Extravaganza is Back! And it's a Red Carpet Affair!

Community Event

6-11 p.m. 
at Asbury Arts Center at Babeville
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY

Celebrate with us in our new home at Asbury Arts Center at Babeville and come dressed to impress! General admission and VIP tickets are available. LADB performances, deejay, live music with Son Borikua, art exhibition, auctions and raffles. Cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

PRICE: $25 VIP ticket (to include early entrance, meet and greet, photo on the red carpet and an artist surprise) $15 suggested donation per person.

Monday, September 20

Journeys in Afrolatinidad: From Revolutionary Black Mobilities to AfroLatin Dialogues

Michele Reid-Vazquez, PhD, director, Afrolatinidad Studies Initiative-Transnational Dialogues Project/Associate Professor Department of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh

1:50- 2:40 p.m. 

Professor Michele Reid-Vazquez, a specialist in the history of the African diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America, and U.S. Afro-Latinxs, shares her experiences examining Afrolatinidad. In particular, she highlights material from her book-in-progress, Black Mobilities in the Age of Revolution. Her study demonstrates the ways enslaved and free people of African heritage in the nineteenth-century Spanish and British Caribbean used spatial and ideological movement to resistance enslavement and to foster freedom and equality between the Haitian Revolution and the Latin American wars for independence. She will also discuss the evolution of her podcast, Dialogues in Afrolatinidad, which features interviews with scholars, educators, artists, and community leaders. The podcast is designed to amplify and elevate the histories and contemporary issues of Afro-Latin American and U.S.-Afro-Latinx communities.

Co-sponsors: UB Department of History and the College's Office of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

Wednesday, September 22

Hip-Hop, Violence, and Queer Latinx Identity

4 p.m.

Professor Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Texas at Austin

Presented as part of the Latinx Heritage at the Intersections of Culture and Crisis Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Carlos Amador, Associate Professor Justin Read, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UB Center for Diversity Innovation and the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Friday, September 24

A Conversation with members of the Buffalo’s Latinx community: Learning about the Buffalo Hispanic Heritage

12 p.m.
Student Union Theatre

The discussion will focus on some history of the Hispanic population in Buffalo, current community activities and organizations and future plans which may engage with UB.

Community Panelist include: 

  • Kelly S. Hernandez, Community Relations Outreach Specialist & Director, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc. 
  • Casimiro Rodríguez, President Emeritus & Founder, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY Inc., UB alumnus 
  • Esmeralda Sierra, President Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc.
  • Miguel Santos, Consumer Advocate National Grid

Tuesday, September 28

Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance

4 p.m. 

Professor Larry LaFountain-Stokes
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Presented as part of the Latinx Heritage at the Intersections of Culture and Crisis Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Carlos Amador, Associate Professor Justin Read, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UB Center for Diversity Innovation and the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Friday, October 1

Amherst Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

Free Community Event

6-8 p.m. 
Amherst Audobon Senior Center

Bienvenidos todos a Amherst! Enjoy Latino foods, crafts, arts, and music as Amherst celebrates the great and diverse culture of Latinos and Hispanics in our community. There will be vendors and artists to meet, greet and purchase from.

Tuesday, October 5

Policing, Puerto Rico, and Crisis

4 p.m. 

Associate Professor Marisol LeBrón 

Feminist Studies Department
University of California, Santa Cruz

Presented as part of the Latinx Heritage at the Intersections of Culture and Crisis Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Carlos Amador, Associate Professor Justin Read, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UB Center for Diversity Innovation and the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Friday, October 8

Life after Graduate School

4 p.m.
NSC 218

A panel/round table for graduate students: Former graduates will come to discuss their experiences and potential career paths. Members of the panel are from the Latinx community.

Panelists:

  • Amaris Borges-Muñoz, Senior Scientist, Abbvie Puerto Rico
  • Natalia Rivera-Gonzalez, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry  Texas A&M University
  • Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Dean of Math, Science and Career Education, SUNY Genesee Community College
  • Jose Cintron, Director Analytical Chemistry, Eli Lilly and Company, Indiana

Thursday, October 14

The Messiness of Independence: Reflections on the Moment of Mexican Independence on its Bicentennial (1821-2021)

4 p.m. 

Assistant Professor Sergio Gutiérrez-Negrón 
Department of Hispanic Studies
Oberlin College

Presented as part of the Latinx Heritage at the Intersections of Culture and Crisis Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Carlos Amador, Associate Professor Justin Read, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UB Center for Diversity Innovation and the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, October 21

The Place of Blackness in Latinidad

4 p.m. 

Professor Juliet Hooker 
Department of Political Science
Brown University

Presented as part of the Latinx Heritage at the Intersections of Culture and Crisis Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Carlos Amador, Associate Professor Justin Read, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UB Center for Diversity Innovation and the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, October 28

Indigenous and Latinx Identities as a Horizon of Decolonial Praxis

4 p.m. 

Associate Professor Joseph Pierce 
Department of Spanish Language and Literatures
Stony Brook University

Presented as part of the Latinx Heritage at the Intersections of Culture and Crisis Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Carlos Amador, Associate Professor Justin Read, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UB Center for Diversity Innovation and the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday, November 2

4 p.m. 

Professor Eliza Rodríguez y Gibson 
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Chair, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Loyola Marymount University

Presented as part of the Latinx Heritage at the Intersections of Culture and Crisis Series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Carlos Amador, Associate Professor Justin Read, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UB Center for Diversity Innovation and the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Friday, December 10

Establishing Compositional Control in 2D and 3D Metal Sulfide Electrocatalysts to Drive CO2 and CO Conversion to Alcohols

4 p.m.
Clemens Hall, Room 120

Speakers:

  • Jesús Velázquez, PhD, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis
  • Velázquez is a graduate from UB Department of Chemistry.

Additional events and programs will be regularly added. 

Additional Latinx Heritage Month Programming

For faculty, staff and students can be found at the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence