Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Activities Announced

Hispanic Heritage month

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and launch the fall 2020 calendar of virtual activities to promote health and wellness in the Spanish-speaking community, the Spanish and Portuguese program at UMass has organized a series of virtual events, "Salud y Bienestar en Pioneer Valley," which will be moderated by internationally recognized Latino/a artists, UMass professors, alumni, students and local members of the Spanish-speaking community.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Yomaira López Cruz, psychotherapist: Hablando de la autocompasión
Yomaira López Cruz, a psychotherapist, originally from Puerto Rico, who moved to Springfield in 2017 after hurricane María, will continue her series on mental health with an informative session on self-compassion.

Friday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Octavio Solís, playwright: Una visita con Pablo
Octavio Solís is a Latino playwright from the U.S. with over 25 works presented and awarded nationally and internationally. He will guide a discussion and reflection of the poems of Pablo Neruda.

Friday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m.

Márgara Russotto, poet, Leer y meditar juntos
Márgara Russotto, a UMass Amherst professor and Venezuelan poet/translator, with published volumes of poetry in Spanish, English and Italian, continues her popular series on reading and meditating as a community.

Sunday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m.

Tobias Anderson, pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church

Esperanza con Tobias Tobias will guide a spiritual celebration to inspire and help with overall wellness.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Elaine del Valle, Latina screenwriter/novelist/director: Lecture and Workshops
Elaine del Valle is a Latina screenwriter, novelist and director from New York with award-winning films presented at international film festivals.

For more information, please contact Maria Guarino at mguarino@umass.edu or Danielle Thomas at daniellethom@umass.edu