Globe-trotting author to headline Hispanic Heritage Month at BGSU

BGSU’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will feature an appearance by Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of “Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing and Havana.”

Elizondo Griest, who visited 21 countries in four years, will speak at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The Latino Student Union (LSU) and the Ethnic Cultural Arts Program are co-sponsoring her visit to BGSU.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Elizondo Griest went to Moscow as an exchange student and studied at the Moscow Linguistics Institute while enrolled at the University of Texas-Austin.

She graduated from the university in 1997 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and post-Soviet and East European studies. She has written more than 200 articles for various publications, including the New York Times and Washington Post, and was selected by the Henry Luce Foundation to teach journalism for one year at China Daily.
Also among the Hispanic Heritage Month highlights will be Latinopalooza, on Oct. 15, and Latino workshops, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 6).

Latinopalooza will open outside the Union from 5-8 p.m. with disc jockeys, clowns, face painting, piñatas, contests and other carnival-type activities. The event will then move to 228 Union from 8 p.m. to midnight for dinner and entertainment, provided by La Revancha, a soft rock group, and Sammy DeLeon.

Thursday’s workshops, in 202B Union, will educate students, faculty and staff about different areas of Latino culture. LSU will create displays to inform attendees about such topics as the History of a Piñata, Hispanic Men in the Military, Famous Latinos and the History of Quinceñera.

The month’s events will begin today (Oct. 3) with a salsa night from 7-9 p.m. in 202B Union, followed Tuesday (Oct. 4) by a luncheon from noon-2 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month events, all of which are open to the public, contact LSU President Hector Hernandez at 419-372-8325 or .

October 3, 2005