SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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The mission of Passport UCO is to inspire unity and understanding in the global community, while providing entertaining and educational cultural events for our students and surrounding community.  Every Fall, the Passport program selects a country or region to investigate.  In 2019, our compass turns an exploration of the history, culture, and influence of the Latin World.  All events are free of cost and open to the public.

University of Central Oklahoma students who participate in this program will gain STLR credit in the the area of Global and Cultural Activity.


Most of the events will take place in the newly-built Liberal Arts South Large Lecture Hall on Wednesdays from 12-1:15 p.m. Some special events (noted below) happen at other times and places. 


Wed.  Aug. 21 12:00 pm  Passport Preview-Passport Coordinator, James Daro, MFA  Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).A look at the history of UCO’s Passport Program, featuring a look ahead at the presentations this semester, as well as a little background on the Latin World.
 
 Wed. Aug. 28 12 pm “Standup Comedy”– Gina Brillon  Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor). A fun and educational talk on exploring Latinx language, culture, and history through laughter!
 
Wed. Sep. 4 12 pm "Guatemala Spring 2019: A Learning Trip for Everyone"– Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Sotero  Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor). Lessons learned in a week-long trip to the town of Rabinal, in central Guatemala. UCO students helped build low-cost housing in association with Habitat for Humanity International. But the lessons were´t only for the students, but also for the professors who worked with Guatemalan constructions workers and the families who were going to own the houses; they taught us a little of their history and shared some of their stories as well.

Wed. Sep. 11    12 pm  "Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565-1889)": The Latino Americans -UCO Library's Films on Demand   Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).This 54 minute film covers conflicts between the British and Spanish colonial systems as Manifest Destiny pushed the U.S into the Mexican territories of the South West, and the Mexican American War.

Wed. Sep. 18 12 pm Latinx Heritage Month Kick-Off (Please note: this event will be in the NUC Grand Ballroom)

Wed. Sep. 25   12 pm  Karankaway Otra Poesía del Professora Rocha” - Dr. Iliana Rocha   Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).  An engaging reading and discussion of Dr. Rocha’s work. Includes a Q&A!

Wed. Sep. 25 6 pm “Gender and Immigration Forum” – Dr. Lindsey Churchill & Graciela Lopez  Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).  Special evening event focusing on the gendered nature of immigration policies in the US and how women and children are disproportionately impacted, featuring a panel of community members. Co-sponsored by the Women's Research Center and HASA.


Wed. Oct. 2     12 pm  “Reporting from the Latin World” - Journalist Obed Manuel.  Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).  Special event in collaboration with the UCO Media Ethics Conference. As a reporter with the Dallas Morning News and member of the inaugural 2018 Report For America class,  Manuel has written extensively about immigrant communities in Dallas, immigration policy, Latino culture and issues, food, the arts and political commentary. His work has appeared in The Dallas Observer, Central Track and Latina Lista. Manuel is a graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. He was born in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon. His family moved to Dallas in 1996 and have called the city home ever since. Manuel lives in Dallas with his wife, who works for the Dallas Public Library.

Wed. Oct. 9     12 pm  “Environmental Justice in the Latinx World” – Dr. Alyssa Provencio  Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).  Touching upon environmental racism in Latinx communities in the United States and along the border. The connection between social justice and environmentalism will be highlighted, including adverse working conditions, vulnerability to extreme weather events, and climate change.

Wed. Oct. 16    12 pm  “Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Dictator Masterpiece, Autumn of the Patriarch”  -- Dr. Wayne Stein Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).  El otoño del patriarca(1975) explores dictatorships, which remains a popular topic in Latin American literature. In time, it has become less about a narrative on Latin America and more about America, with its patriarchy of continuing political corruption.

Wed. Oct. 23    12 pm “San Antonio: A Culture in the Middle”  - Anthony Cavazos  Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).  Mass Comm lecturer and San Antonio native talks about… the U.S.: a vital part of el Mundo Latino, highlighting not just Latinx immigrants but also native Latinos who contribute mightily to America's greatness. Anthony brings laughter along on this ride through South Texas.
 
Wed. Oct. 30    12 pm  – Latino Contribution to Math and Science - Dr. Luis Montes  Liberal Arts South Lecture Hall (First Floor).  Dr. Montes talks about his journey from Southern Mexico through study in New Mexico and Texas and his ultimate arrival at UCO. He also gives details on Latino contributions to the STEM fields.
 
Nov. 14 (tentative)       Fashion Show – CLOSING CEREMONY.  Constitution Hall (inside Nigh University Center, UCO Campus). AThe UCO Fashion Marketing in the Department of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) presents their amazing focus on the Latinx influence in the world of fashion with this blowout final event. Grand prize drawing, as well as a number of other giveaways included!

PASSPORT ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL

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UCO STUDENTS MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE PASSPORT PROGRAM, EVEN WHEN THEY CANNOT MAKE IT TO CAMPUS!

TO TAKE PART IN THIS ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL FOR STLR CREDIT, SIMPLY FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

  1. CONTACT PROGRAM COORDINATOR TO SIGN UP (jdaro@uco.edu)!
  2. WATCH ANY OF THE FEATURED FILMS FROM AND ABOUT THE LATIN WORLD!
  3. WRITE A SHORT RESPONSE TO THE FILM!
  4. GAIN CREDIT FOR STLR!

All Events are Tagged for Global & Cultural Competencies with the Student Transformative Learning Record!

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