Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrated annually Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. Read on to explore HHM events and visit the Chief Diversity Officer’s website for a variety of spotlights, videos, podcasts and resources centered around UF Hispanic and Latino students, faculty and staff. 

Gainesville Latino Film Festival | Sept. 8–18

Hosted by the Gainesville Latina Women’s League, the Gainesville Latino Film Festival is an eight-day festival highlighting Latin American culture through film, music and other cultural events. Various UF departments sponsor the festival and many UF faculty, staff and students participate in the events.

Cinema Ecuador Film Series | Sept. 14–Nov. 16

Throughout the fall semester, the Center for Latin American Studies will screen four notable works of Ecuadorian cinema from 1999-2020, hosted by Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán, the Kislak Family Foundation Writer in Residence. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A via Zoom with the film’s director and/or cinematographer. All films are subtitled in English, and popcorn will be served. RSVP here.

Race, Environment, Culture, and Political Ecology across the Americas | Sept. 15

Join the University Press of Florida for the second event in a series on race and diasporic culture in the Americas. This event series is made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Latin American Music: Discovery Through Sounds | Sept. 18

Join the Appleton Museum of Art, Welson Tremura and Grammy-winner José Valentino for an interactive presentation on the historical and cultural elements of Latin American music traditions, what makes them distinctive and their characteristics. Welson Tremura, Ph.D., is associate director for the Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship and professor in the School of Music and the Center for Latin American Studies. José Valentino is head of Music Business & Entrepreneurship at the UF School of Music.

Fémina | Sept. 28

Hosted by UpStage at the Phillips Center, Fémina is Argentine soul music with a purpose. Their diverse music is characterized by show-stopping harmonies and a magical on-stage chemistry, which incorporates Latin American instruments and melodies. 

Melissa Aldana Quartet | Oct. 13

Hosted by UpStage at the Phillips Center, Grammy-nominated artist and composer, Melissa Aldana, has garnered international recognition for her visionary work. Hailing  from Santiago, Chile, Melissa draws audiences in with sounds that connect listeners on a spiritual level.