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Hispanic Americans: Making a Positive Impact on American Society


Martín Espada


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Aug. 30, 2007) – As the Hispanic population continues to grow and thrive in Hampton Roads, Tidewater Community College will commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15 on all four of its campuses with free, public events and talks. 


The four campuses will host activities beginning on Thursday, Sept.18, and running through Thursday, Oct. 11, featuring political activist, poet and professor Martin Espada as keynote speaker, as well as life chronicled by TCC professors and staff hailing from  Argentina, Cuba, Panama and Uruguay.


For questions, contact TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For campus locations,Click maps and directions.



College-wide Activities:

Sept. 18 - Keynote Speaker, Martín Espada, 7 to 10 p.m. Virginia Beach Campus, Advanced Technology Center Theater - He has published several books as a poet, essayist, editor, and translator. His collection, Alabanza: New and Selected Poems 1982-2002, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and it was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. Espada is a professor in the English department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he teaches creative writing and the work of Pablo Neruda.   


Sept. 27 - Movie, Pan’s Labyrinth, 7 p.m., TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk Campus  - Richly spun with artistic splendor, writer-director Guillermo del Toro weaves a fairy tale around war-torn Spain in the 1940s. In the midst of a Spanish Civil War, a protagonist in the form of a young girl named Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) searches for her true greatness.


Chesapeake Campus Activities:

Sept. 26 - Fiesta with food, music and dance lessons, 12:30 p.m., Student Lounge, Whitehurst Building

Oct. 11 - Guest speaker, 12:30 p.m., Room 2056, Whitehurst Building -
Ana Gutierrez (hails from Cuba), director of Upward Bound Program


Norfolk Campus Activities:

Sept. 19 - Fiesta with food, music and dance lessons, 5 p.m., Room 4235, TCC Roper Performing Arts Center 


Oct. 8 - Guest Speaker, 12 p.m., Room 4235, TCC Roper Performing Arts Center -

Silvina Doncel (hails from Argentina), assistant professor of Spanish

Portsmouth Campus Activities:

Sept. 20 - Fiesta with food and music, 12 p.m., Waterfront Conference Room   


Oct. 1 - Guest speaker, 12 p.m., Waterfront Conference Room - Gabriela Toletti (hails from Uruguay), associate professor of Spanish    


Virginia Beach Campus Activities:

Sept. 20 - Fiesta with food and music, Snack Bar, 12:30 p.m. 


Sept. 20 - Guest Speaker - Rosalba Wright (hails from Panamá), Virginia Beach Campus Women’s Center staff member.  (Time and room number: TBA)




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit