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Latine Heritage Month & Beyond

Latine Heritage Month, also referred to as National Hispanic Heritage Month, is celebrated annually throughout the United States from September 15 through October 15. During this time we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of all who identify as part of the Latin diaspora. Some programs will take place beyond the designated months to encourage continuously honoring and celebrating throughout the year. 


Special Thank you to the Latine Heritage Month Planning Committee

Gabe Christian-Sola, ALAAMEA, NI

Clara Tome, TU Gente

Jamie Roa, TU Gente, USG

Eddy Cruz, Career Services, NTC, ALAAMEA

Geraldine Neville, ALAAMEA, SPHTM

Carolina Caballero, LAST, Spanish & Portuguese

Erick Farjardo Ortega, OMA Ambassador

Sienna Abdulahad, Office of Multicultural Affairs



September 15

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Latine Heritage Month Kickoff at Wednesdays with the O


September 21

Time: TBA

Film Sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Affairs


September 30

Treat Yourself Thursday

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Building a Latine Heritage Month Playlist 


October 1, 2021

Time: TBA

ALAAMEA Latinx Affinity Group Meeting 


October 11

Time: TBA

Lecture sponsored by TU Gente


October 12

Time: TBA

Movie Night sponsored by TU Gente


October 13

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesdays with the O and TU Gente


October 14

Time TBA

Artist Performance sponsored by TU Gente


October 15

Time: TBA

Samba with Casa Samba Sponsored by Tu Gente

Beyond October

Save the Date for Festival Latinx: This event takes place in spring and focuses on celebrating and highlighting the cultural contributions of particular Latin American countries. Lectures, films, dances, a food festival and receptions are sponsored by various Latin American student organizations including  Generating Excellence Now and Tomorrow in Education (GENTE) in commemoration of Latin culture.

Readings Podcasts, Playlists, and More

LatinXperts Podcast

The official podcast for Latino Studies at UT Austin

Monstras Podcast

Brenda Salguero and Dr. Orquidea Morales use their expertise and experiences, to explore the world of Latin American and Latinx folklore, horror, and monsters

Once I Was You A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America By Maria Hinojosa


The Meaning of the Alter

A slide show by the Smithsonian Latino Center

Essential Afro Cuban Jazz on Spotify

Tulane University Libraries Resources and Exhibits from The Latin American Library

Check out community submissions on The Latin American Library’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Latin & Spanish New Orleans Research Guide

A guide to community, data, news, media, scholarly, and archival resources to explore present and past connections between New Orleans and Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain.

Latinx Studies Research Guide

A guide to academic resources for LatinX/@, ChicanX/@, and Hispanic-American Studies, including specialized databases and research tools and tips.

Resources to Learn about Racism & Anti-Racism in U.S. Libraries, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Iberia

Members of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) have put together this list of select educational resources including guides, articles, websites, books, podcasts, and film, with a particular emphasis on Afro-Latinidad. The Latin American Library hosts the Secretariat of SALALM, the foremost professional association of Latin Americanist libraries and librarians.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans

Online version of The Latin American Library’s current exhibit (Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th Floor).

This exhibition marks the opening of the Pan-American Life Insurance Group Collection of corporate archives donated by the company to the Latin American Library in 2017.  The Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) is a major international financial services company headquartered in New Orleans and one of the leading insurance underwriters in Latin America for over 100 years.  The company was founded in 1911 as Pan-American Life Insurance Company (PALIC), and it was initially established to provide life insurance to employees of New Orleans-based fruit companies established in Central America.  That a company designed to serve a workforce based in Latin America would be headquartered in the Crescent City at that time was not a coincidence.  PALIC was conceived during a period of high aspirations in the modern history of commerce and trade relations of New Orleans, when the city was aggressively striving to regain its pre-Civil War status as a major hemispheric port.   It was a time of intense activity when local business and government leaders laid the institutional groundwork to stimulate commercial ties with Latin America as the most promising strategy to bring about the modernization of the city.

This exhibition underscores a growing understanding of New Orleans’ unique position among U.S. cities vis-à-vis Latin America and the Caribbean. Far from being a recent phenomenon, the city’s Latin American connections are but the continuation of over 250 years of cultural affinities and commercial exchange with the region, extending back to the late 18th century when New Orleans was part of the Spanish empire, and especially after 1803 when it was annexed by the United States. A silver lining amid the collective tragedy wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is a renewed focus on the city’s Hispanic population due to the spike in Latin American immigrants who came to rebuild the city.  That story, like the history of the Crescent City’s centuries-long relationship with Latin America and the Caribbean, is a complex one involving race, class, transnational cultural exchanges as well as commercial and political interests.  This exhibit aspires to shed light on one of those strands to inspire further research into this lesser known part of New Orleans’ modern history.   The Latin American Library at Tulane University, whose own story is also a direct result of this past, is honored to preserve and make accessible the historical memory of Pan-American Life Insurance Group, which is so deeply intertwined with this legacy.

Past Programs

SILVIO & EL PODER DE LA PALABRA: A Tribute to the legendary Silvio Rodriguez

September 20, 2020 7:00 p.m. Register Here

Watch the launch of the new documentary & a tribute to Silvio Rodriguez y el Poder de La Palabra! Exclusive (free!) livestream presented by HotHouse.  

This 25-minute documentary film thoughtfully weaves archival footage of the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961 and a rare, exclusive interview with Cuba’s iconic singer/songwriter and international recording artist, Silvio Rodriguez, as he recounts his first calling. At the age of 14, Silvio volunteered to join the brigade of over one hundred thousand teenagers that went into the Cuban mountains and countryside to teach rural campesinos how to read and write. In this exclusive interview, Silvio shares his memories on how he was impacted by the experience and how it shaped his life.  The event combines the debut screening of Silvio Rodriguez: Mi primera tarea, with a TRIBUTE CONCERT to Silvio Rodriguez. The concert features globally renowned artists:  Duo Made y Feña; Rochy Ameneiro-Rodrigo Garcia Ameneiro + Tania Haase ( Duo Espiral); Katia and Nina Cardenal; Francisco Herrera; Quetzal; Rodstarz de Rebel Diaz and Franco Valdes; Kelvis Ochoa; Roly Berrio; Susana Baca & Lila Downs!  


Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies Latinx Speaker Series

This speaker series was developed by Professor Caballero as part of her class, Introduction to Latinx Studies. It is designed to share the diversity and contributions of the local New Orleans Latinx community. Each speaker shares their perspective on a wide array of important topics relating to community and the city. In order to attend these online events, please 


Leticia Casilda, Familia Unidas en Acción 

October 1, 2020 

Familias Unidas en Acción was founded in 2018 with the vision of providing immigrant families in the greater New Orleans area and Louisiana with the resources needed to thrive in a new community without forgetting their own culture and history. We are the only community organization in New Orleans and Louisiana primarily focused on providing shelter and transitional support to recently arrived immigrant families. Our membership is made up of impacted immigrant families who believe that our families and children deserve equal opportunities, respect as human beings, access to their histories and culture, and to be acknowledged as productive members of society.

Fermín Ceballos, musician and writer

October 15, 2020

Fermín Ceballos is a tri-lingual Afro-Dominican songwriter, musician, bandleader, composer, actor, and poet living and creating art in New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied art & music at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and was a professor of music for the Dominican Republic Secretary of State for Culture National School System. His primary musical instruments are the accordion, guitar, piano, and voice. Fermín continually works on several musical projects in the Gulf South and the US; such as Merengue4-FOUR, a musical project focused on Dominican Music (Bachata & Merengue Típico), Fermín‘€™s Latin Fusion Orchestra performing original salsa inspired compositions, and Fermín Acústico a musical concept based on guitar and voice. With all his projects, he performs original compositions based on his fusion of different sounds and musical rhythms. In 2019, he released his first book of poems in Spanish and English entitled Pisando Mi Sombra (Walking My Shadow).

Book Talk with Author Mitali Perkins: Between Us and Abuela

October 5, 2020 6:00 p.m.
Join the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and the Library of Congress for a virtual conversation with Mitali Perkins, author of 2020 Américas Award winning children’s book Between Us and Abuela. Mitali will share context for her beautiful book, as well as tips for classroom incorporation. The 60-minute program will also include an open Q&A with attendees moderated by Luciano Marzulli at the University of Utah. Educators and parents alike are highly encouraged to attend, and all are welcome! We encourage you to find Between Us and Abuela at your local library or purchase a copy before the October 5 program, if possible. See you online! Register Now for the link to join this special conversation with Mitali Perkins!

2020 Virtual Award Ceremony

October 12, 2020 6:00 p.m.
Video streaming hosted by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. The program is part of the national Hispanic Heritage Month programming. In order to attend, please register here. Coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University and sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Connect with Marìa Cristina Pacheco Alcalá  at Shifting the Paradigm Narrative

September 23, 2020 6:00 p.m. RSVP | Submit a Question

Culture Matters: Outreach and Empowerment for Latinx/Latine Students Workshop (Open to Staff/Faculty & RSO/Dept Student Leaders)

December 7-8, 2020

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a 1.5 day virtual training workshop with Marìa Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, of Casa de Esperanza. Throughout the virtual training we will explore strategies for providing culturally responsive programs and services for students who identify as Latin@/Latine/Latinx. Space is limited. Please register here