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Spanish Language Celebration to be held at Palm Beach State College March 24-27

Musical performances, food, dancing, poetry and special lectures on various topics, including immigration and Spanish art and culture are what attendees can expect at the Fifth Annual Spanish Language Celebration to be held at three of Palm Beach State College’s campuses including Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth and Boca Raton. The events are free and open to the public.

The three-day event, themed “Creativity and Celebration: the Spanish Language in a Global Society” is sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and McGraw Hill Higher Education. The College began holding the celebration in 2010, but this is the first time it is being held on three different campuses. It runs during the following schedule:

Palm Beach Gardens

9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. March 24 at Meldon Lecture Hall Room BB111
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 25 at the Library Learning Resource Center
Noon to 3:30 p.m. March 25 at the BioScience Technology Complex Room SC 127

Lake Worth

2 to 3:30 p.m. March 24 at The Gallery at Lake Worth, Humanities Building 1st floor
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 25 at Natural Science Building Room 129

Boca Raton

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 27 at the Humanities and Technology Building Room HT 103
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 27 at the Administration Building cafeteria

The celebration is chaired by Palm Beach State Spanish professor and Panama native Patricia Segui. Most of the presenters are professors and administrators at colleges and universities in south Florida and other leaders in the Hispanic community. There will also be an art exhibit titled “Dreams, Moons and Mandalas: Communicating beyond words” featuring the art work of inspirational speaker and Colombia native Olga Lucia Toro from March 24 to April 11, 2014. The opening reception is March 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Gallery at Lake Worth campus.

Among the highlights:

  • Lecture titled “Globalization and Cross-border Intercultural Dialogue and Exchange” from Nayeli Damian Gutierrez, director of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate of Mexico in Miami, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. March 24 at the Palm Beach Gardens campus Meldon Lecture Hall Room BB111.
  • Panel discussion to address immigration myths, realities and possibilities from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 25 at the Palm Beach Gardens campus Library Learning Resource Center. The panelists will include local attorneys, among others.
  • Presentation by Marta Soto, director of marketing and branding at Univision Networks, on “Marketing and Branding Spanish Language TV: the Rise of Univision in Multicultural America” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. March 25 at the Palm Beach Gardens campus BioScience Technology Complex.
  • Lecture titled “Spotlight on Costa Rica: Internationalize your Curriculum” by Aylim De Chazal, director of the International Education Center at Palm Beach State, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. March 25 at the Lake Worth campus Natural Science Building Room 129 and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. March 27 at the Boca Raton campus Humanities and Technology Building Room HT 103.

This celebration is funded by the Eissey Campus Humanities Opportunities Fund and the Nancy Levin Distinguished Guest Series Fund.

For this year’s complete schedule and information on the presenters, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/events/Spanish-Celebration. For more information, contact Dr. Emmanual Alvarado at 561-207-5050 for Palm Beach Gardens, Patricia Segui at 561-868-3494 for Lake Worth and Wendy Mendez-Hasselman at 561-862-4384 for Boca Raton.

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