By Michelle Ricker for Emory News Center

National Hispanic Heritage Month starts Friday, Sept. 15, and there’s no shortage of great ways to celebrate across campus. Plus, last week, the Michael C. Carlos Museum opened its new exhibit celebrating the photography of Latinx artists. Stop by to view “You Belong Here: Place, People and Purpose in Latinx Photography” and mark your calendar for other upcoming events, which you won’t want to miss. 

Centro Latinx Open House and Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff

Friday, Sept. 15, at 12 p.m.  

Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with the Centro Latinx open house. Learn more about the space, connect with the Emory Latinx community and enjoy empanadas in Cox Hall, Room 312. 

¡Vamos to the Carlos!

Sunday, Sept. 17, at 12 p.m.

Join the Carlos Museum and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) to celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month with Raul the Third, the award-winning author and illustrator of the bilingual “¡Vamos!” series. Attendees will be able to create their own 3-D character, find more bilingual books throughout the galleries, enjoy Helados Mexican ice cream, learn from docents about works of art in the “You Belong Here: Place, People and Purpose in Latinx Photography” exhibit, and make a mark on a community mural with GPB.

Snacks and supplies are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is free for all families and includes admission to the galleries.

Salsa and Merengue Dance Class

Monday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Looking to learn some new moves? Check out the “Let’s Dance! Salsa and Merengue Class” at Williams Auditorium on the Oxford College campus.

Mariachi Band Performance

Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 12 p.m.

Head to the Oxford Dean’s Dining Room at lunchtime to enjoy a four-piece Mariachi band.

The Morgan Forum: “re:Wording: The Past, Present and Future of the Bible in Translation”

Thursday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m.

Join the Candler School of Theology’s Pitts Theology Library for a day of events exploring the past development of the Bible, while asking what may come next for a sacred text in our digital age. Through gallery tours, student presentations, panel conversations and a keynote address, the Morgan Forum will offer opportunities to learn from leaders in biblical scholarship, teaching and publishing to help us understand what the future holds for the Bible in translation. 

Spanish interpretation is available upon request, courtesy of La Mesa Academy for Theological Studies.

TheoEd Talks Orlando

Sunday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m.

Livestream TheoEd Talks and witness leaders in the church and academy share “the talk of their lives” in 20 minutes or less. The event, sponsored by The Candler Foundry, aims to spark conversations that change the way people think about God, religion and the power of faith to change lives.

The event features Lydia Esther Muñoz, executive director of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry of The United Methodist Church; Jacqui Lewis; Brian McLaren; Luke A. Powery; and Clay and Cliff Price. Tickets to the livestream are free. 

Sport Your Flag: Hispanic Community Representation Photo

Monday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. 

Join Oxford College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Organización de Latinx Americanos to celebrate with the “sportage” of national flags. Faculty, staff and students are all invited, and a photo will be taken at 6 p.m. to commemorate the national flags of the Hispanic community at Oxford.

Candler Dean’s Lecture: “Religion and Revolution: Gender, Identity and Indigenous Rights in Mexico”

Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. 

Kathleen M. McIntyre, associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Rhode Island, will present “Religion and Revolution: Gender, Identity and Indigenous Rights in Mexico.” This free lecture will examine the intersection of gender, nationalism, tradition, religious conflict and community memory in Oaxaca during a period of Protestant growth in Mexico.

The event takes place in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins building and is available for livestream online. Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. 

The event is sponsored by Candler’s World Christianity concentration, La Mesa Academy for Theological Studies and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences history department. Spanish interpretation will be available.

Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speaker: Mercedes Ramirez Johnson

Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.

Learn something new from Mercedes Ramirez Johnson, who will discuss the impact of her culture pushing her towards greatness after suffering a great loss nearly 30 years ago. The presentation takes place in Phi Gamma Hall on the Oxford campus.                                                                                                        

Student Studio Night (in collaboration with the Carlos Museum)

Friday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.

Move along to the beats of La Choloteca, explore the exhibition “You Belong Here: Place, People, and Purpose in Latinx Photography” with Carlos Museum student guides, make art inspired by William Camargo’s sign interventions guided by printmaker Ciel Rodriguez — and show the world what needs to be made more visible. 

This program is presented in conjunction with Centro Latinx and is free and open to all Emory Students. Food, art supplies, and swag are available on a first come, first served, basis. 

Lecture: “Bad Bunny, Ruega por Nosotros: Un Dialogo sobre el Reggaetón y la Teología Católica”

Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.

Ismael Ruiz, postdoctoral teaching fellow in Catholic Studies, will present “Bad Bunny, Ruega por Nosotros: Un Dialogo sobre el Reggaetón y la Teología Católica”in Room 102 of Candler School of Theology’s Rita Ann Rollins Building.

The bilingual event will discuss the intersection between Catholic theology and the popular genre of urban music known as reggaeton. Dinner is included and the event is sponsored by Candler’s Aquinas Center of Theology.

More than Representation: Hispanic Heritage Month Edition

Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through a diversity dialogue panel on the representation of the Latino/a community nationally and internationally. Panelists will also discuss ways to destigmatize the Latino/a community in individual community spaces. The event takes place in Oxford Humanities, Room 202.

Centro Latinx x Escritores ATL Open Mic

Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. 

Join Centro Latinx and Escritores ATL for an evening of poetry, food and community celebrating trans and queer Latinx voices! 

The event takes place at Centro Latinx, located on the third floor of Cox Hall.

Constructing an Image: A Conversation with Atlanta Latinx Photographers

Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Join Atlanta-based photographers Victoria García and José Ibarra Rizo in a conversation moderated by Yami Rodriguez, assistant professor in Emory’s Department of History, as they discuss southern Latinx representation through photography, approaches to creating narratives, and the possibilities for how this work may be thought of as an archive, a place where specific stories and moments in time can connect a past, present and future Latinx South.

The event is free and open to the public, and will also be livestreamed for virtual attendees.

Read more at the Emory News Center.