Latino Awareness events planned at UConn in April (Released: 3/27/98)
by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.
Storrs, Conn. -- The 29th observance of Latino Awareness Month in April will highlight the 100 year-old relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico. The month also marks the 25th anniversary of the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PR/LACC) at the University of Connecticut.
Opening ceremonies will take place at 4 p.m. on April 2 in the Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
A symposium, "Puerto Ricos Self-Determination at a Crossroads: Statehood, Independence or Commonwealth," will feature the Honorable JosÊ Trías Monge, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico; Senator Kenneth McClintock, chair of the committee on government, federal and economic affairs of Puerto Rico; and Jeffrey Farrow, director of the White House Inter-Agency Working Group on Puerto Rico.
Prior to the symposium, University of Connecticut Chancellor Mark A. Emmert and Norman Maldonado, president of the University of Puerto Rico, will participate in a ceremonial signing of a new exchange agreement between both institutions.
Following the symposium there will be dinner and entertainment featuring Raizes Taino, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
Other events planned for the month include panels, a poetry reading, the UConn Latino
Pageant and Latin Fest, featuring Frankie Negron and JosÊ Peôa Suazo.
The schedule for UConns Latino Awareness Month is as follows:
April 30 - Panel. "Public Opinion on the Island and the Mainland: Political Status, Citizenship, and Cultural Identity." 4 p.m., PR/LACC.