Come learn more about Latin culture! On Saturday, April 12, the Latin American Organization will host their 10th annual “Extravaganza” banquet from 5:30 until 8 p.m. The theme for this year's event is “Tropical Mirage.” A popular event, Extravaganza draws in hundreds of HWS students and faculty every year.
“The evening serves as a stepping stone in building a foundation of understanding among cultures and helping eliminate prejudice. It also celebrates academic and leadership achievements of several students,” says LAO Vice President Carina De Leon '08.
The guest speaker for this year's event will be Bobby González. A motivational speaker, storyteller and poet from South Bronx, González’s Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) background shapes his stories into an exceptional performance that celebrates his multicultural upbringing.
González’s mission is to tell the untold story of the Americas. He has recently published a book of poetry titled “The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry.” The inspiration behind the title comes from González’s belief that “the last Puerto Rican Indian has not yet been born.” These poems explore the historical achievements and turmoil of Native people from North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean while also promoting hope for the future.
He has given lectures at Yale University, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Television and Radio, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the National Museum of the American Indian, the University of North Dakota and the Nuyorican Poets Café.
In addition to González’s presentation, “Extravaganza” will feature student performances, music and food, all of which celebrates Latin culture.
Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for non-students. Dress is semi-formal—no jeans or sneakers will be allowed.