CSU Events Celebrate Latin American Awareness Week

Latin American Awareness Week at Columbus State University will feature an April 1-6 series of public events to expose the greater Columbus community to various aspects of Latin America.

The following programs are free and open to the public:

Saturday, April 1

Latin American Education Forum: Preparing Latino Youth for the Future, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Center for Commerce and Technology room 205. Description: Targeting Latino students and parents, and local educators, this forum will explore opportunities for student support and higher education preparation, and guidelines for educators to better meet Latino-student needs. Speakers will include:

  • CSU professors Jose Villavicencio and Kyongseon Jeon
  • Verdi N. Avila, comprehensive needs assessment coordinator of migrant education for the Georgia Department of Education
  • Imelda Hernandez, representing the Celia & Marcos Scholarship Fund
  • Doris Brown, an English to Speakers of Other Languages lead teacher for the Muscogee County School District For more information, contact Paola Machado at 706-569-2408.
Monday, April 3

Contemporary Politics of Latin America: North-South Issues, presentation by CSU political science Professor Tom Dolan, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Center for Commerce and Technology room 205. For more information, call 706-565-7875.


Tuesday, April 4

Beisbol to La Vida Loca: U.S.-Latin American Cultural Exchange since 1898, a presentation by CSU history Professor Doug Tompson, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Center for Commerce and Technology room 206. For more information, call 706-568-2263.


Wednesday, April 5

Latin American Business Forum, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Center for Commerce and Technology room 207. Description: Doing Business in Latin America, 1:30-2:30 p.m. presentation by CSU business Professor Eric Travis; and Marketing to the Hispanic Community, 2:30-3:30 p.m. by Eduardo Lopez of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center. Lopez will repeat the presentation in Spanish from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 706-562-1659.


Thursday, April 6

Live music by Marimba Sol de Chiapas. Separate performances: 12:30 p.m. at the CSU Clock Tower and 5:30 p.m. in the RiverCenters Studio Theatre. Based in Kansas City, the band was formed in 1988 as Marimba Yajal by Laurence Kaptain, now director of CSUs Schwob School of Music. Recently the group has been featured by National Public Radios Morning Edition and on ABCs Good Morning America. Visit its Web page: www.geocities.com/marimbasoldechiapas/. For more information, contact Warren Church at 565-7874 or the Schwob School of Music at 706-649-7287.

Joining Clear Channel Communications (Spanish language VIVA 1460 AM) in presenting Latin American Week are CSU sponsors, the Center for International Education, College of Education, D. Abbott Turner College of Business, Student Affairs and the Global Village, and the Schwob School of Music.

For information regarding the entire week of programs contact Professor Warren Church at 706-565-7874 or the Center for International Education at 706-565-4036.