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DACC to host online events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

The Doña Ana Community College Library is inviting DACC and community members to participate in a series of virtual events in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.


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Clockwise from top right, Flo Trujillo, Nicholas Natividad, Dulcinea Lara and José Aranda will give presentations hosted by Doña Ana Community College to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. (NMSU and courtesy photos)

“Hispanics have always been a part of this nation’s history and culture, so it is nice that we have this special time to reflect and celebrate its contributions to mainstream America,” said DACC Librarian José Aranda, who coordinated this year’s events.

The series will kick off at 10 a.m. Oct. 12, with a presentation by Flo Trujillo, president of REFORMA de Nuevo Mexico, who will discuss adobe preservation from a historical perspective. Trujillo also will demonstrate the process of making and preserving adobe and will discuss its contribution to Hispanic culture, history and tradition. DACC will provide sample adobe kits upon request.

Jennifer Olguin, assistant professor in the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections, will give a presentation at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 about Nestor Armijo and his family and their contributions to the Mesilla Valley and Las Cruces.

DACC and New Mexico State University’s Honors College will sponsor a panel discussion called “History, Healing and Celebration,” which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 on YouTube Live at https://bit.ly/3d22PvI. Panelists will include Manny Bustamante of Western New Mexico University; Dulcinea Lara and Nicholas Natividad, both of NMSU; and Eduardo Estrada and Cynthia Wise, both NMSU graduate students.

The series will conclude at 10 a.m. Oct. 15, with a presentation by DACC math instructor Mychael Smith, who will discuss prominent Hispanic mathematicians and their contributions to the field of mathematics.

Other presentation topics include Elfego Baca, a New Mexico “lawman” immortalized in a 1950s TV series; Las Cruces’ sister city, Ciudad Lerdo, Durango, Mexico, and research resources on Latin American and New Mexico history.

For the complete list of events and times, visit https://bit.ly/36F9bjy. Participants must register for each event in advance at jaranda2@nmsu.edu. For more information, contact Aranda at 575-528-7261.