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Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and coauthor with Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights, will speak about the craft of play- and screenwriting on October 15th at 6:00 in Foster Auditorium.

Penn State's Hispanic Heritage Month observances continue with this powerful film depicting a group of Dreamers who struggle to stop ICE deportations. To register for this online event, go to

Welcoming the other. March 27, 2019. 7pm. Lewis Katz Building Auditorium. University Park, PAWe find ourselves in a time of heated rhetoric and deadly violence against people who are deemed outsiders: this includes immigrants and refugees to the United States, as well as Americans who are racial, religious, or ethnic minorities. The rhetoric against outsiders has crossed the line into violence, including here in Pennsylvania. We must examine our shared history, who we are, and the values that should guide our future. “Welcoming the Other” is a community event facilitated by State College-area leaders to consider the meaning of inclusion and the basis for community in religion, history and law. We seek to build bridges among the many parts of our community by inquiring into the meaning of the national motto E pluribus unum—From many, one.

Julio Ricardo Varela, founder of and co-host with María Hinojosa of In the Thick, will kick off Penn State's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2020, engaging the community in a dialogue about media representations of Latinos in America today. This participatory event will be held via Zoom at 6:00 on Monday, September 21. Please email for the Zoom link.

On Thursday, October 15 the cultural critic, essayist, and author--whose sharp response to the Mexploitation novel "American Dirt" went viral and propelled an international dialogue about misrepresentations of ethnic Mexicans and the US-Mexico Borderlands--will deliver the Hispanic Heritage Month keynote address via Zoom at 6:00 pm. Contact for the event link.