A talk about Latinos and the economic recovery by Rosie Rios, treasurer of the United States, and a panel discussion exploring contemporary Hispanic immigration to Virginia are highlights of the University of Richmond’s 2010 Latino-Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

Rios will speak Sept. 14, 7 p.m. at the Modlin Center for the Arts on campus. Tickets are free, but required and can be reserved through the Modlin Center Box Office at 804-289-8980.

Prior to her confirmation as U.S. treasurer, Rios was managing director of investments at MacFarlane Partners, where she had a central role in equity transactions for large, mixed-use urban development projects.

The panel discussion will be held Sept. 30, 6 p.m. at the Library of Virginia in conjunction with the exhibit, “The Land We Live In, The Land We Left: Virginia’s People.” Panelists include Bobbie Barajas, WCVE host and music director; H.B. Cavalcanti, professor of sociology at James Madison University; Rafael Lopez, president of Rafael Lopez and Associates, a Stafford, Va.-based local government relations advisory firm; Mirta Martin, dean of the business school at Virginia State University; Debra Rodman, assistant professor of anthropology and women’s studies at Randolph-Macon College; and Debra Schleef, associate professor of sociology at the University of Mary Washington.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and music by the University of Richmond Salsa Ensemble.

Other events in the series are free and open to the public, except as noted. They include:

• Latin American cuisine at University of Richmond’s Heilman Dining Center, Sept. 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m.; performances by students and guests; adults $12, children under 9, $4.75.

• “La Comunidad Latina: Understanding the Challenges and Imperatives of Richmond’s Latino Community;” Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m., Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 331. Panel discussion featuring Tanya Gonzalez, City of Richmond Hispanic Liaison Office; John Moeser, senior fellow, UR’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement; and Juan Santacoloma, a member of Chesterfield County’s Multicultural Advisory Commission. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

• Latino students discuss their experiences at the University of Richmond, Sept. 28, 12 p.m., Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305. Free lunch provided with advance registration. Contact Lisa Miles at 804-484-1655.

• Social at Emilio’s Restaurante in Short Pump Towne Center, Oct. 14, 9 p.m.; includes dancing to Latino beats. Suggested $5 donation to support the Spanish and Latino Student Alliance.

• Discussion and performance by the band Pa’lo Monte, Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Carole Weinstein International Center Commons. Pa’lo Monte is a cultural group that performs the traditional rhythms and melodies of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

• Imagine Festival, Oct. 16 Broad Rock Park, Richmond. As part of the city of Richmond’s “Hands on Greater Richmond Volunteer Day,” UR students will help set up, decorate, direct parking and assist with children’s activities and food service.

For more information visit http://multicultural.richmond.edu or call the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 804-289-8356.



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