Hispanic Heritage Month Activities next week at Colorado State University-Pueblo

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities next week at Colorado State University-Pueblo

PUEBLO – A literary performance and a lecture by the former intern of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be held next week as part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Colorado State University-Pueblo. 

The Southern Colorado Reading Series will present its first reading for the year at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24  in LARC 109. The free reading is sponsored by the Diversity Resource Center, Pilgrimage Magazine, and the Department of English & Foreign Languages.
Refreshments will be provided.


Tim Z. Hernandez is a poet, novelist, and performance artist whose awards include the 2006 American Book Award, the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. He is the author of three collections of poetry and two novels, and his books have been widely acclaimed, including a spot on NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2011, the Poetry Society of America named him one of 16 New American Poets. He holds a BA from Naropa University and an MFA from Bennington College.
Hernandez’s book will be available for sale at the reading and at the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore. For  more information, contact Juan Morales, associate professor and director of creative writing, at 549-2082 or juan.morales@colostate-pueblo.edu.

The second speaker in the University’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Daniel Hernandez , the former intern of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will present Overcoming Adversity: A First Generation College Student’s Journey, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the OUC Ballroom. 

As a native Spanish speaker and first-generation 2012 graduate from the University of Arizona, Hernandez  is credited with saving the life of the congresswoman after a gunman shot her and 18 other people on January 8, 2011. The rise of a gay, Hispanic hero in the middle of a sometimes hostile environment is a story that offers us lessons for our future as a country increasing in diversity. Hernandez talks about his difficult journey overcoming discrimination in language, ethnicity, poverty, and sexual orientation, and why he loves being an American.

Elected as a school board member in 2011, Hernandez now is promoting the education of those in his hometown.

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