Over 100 Fulbrighters and guests got together at the National Museum of Mexican Arts in Pilsen, Chicago this past September 17, 2010 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Everybody had the opportunity to visit the “Vida Breve: Day of the Dead 2010” exhibit and enjoy delicious Mexican food prior to a very interesting panel.
Monica Swope, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association opened the central event “Bicentennial Independence Movements in Latin America: An Inspiration of National Unity” that was moderated by Dr. Joaquín Villegas. He introduced the members of the panel: Consul General of Ecuador Gonzalo Andrade, Alberto Sanabria from Paraguay, Rafael Romero from Venezuela, Nora Hipolito from Argentina, Salvador A, Cicero from Mexico and Diego Silva Ardila from Colombia.
The event was also attended by a high school student group from Ecuador. One of the students delivered a speech inviting the audience to visit her country and delighted everybody with a poem that she vigorously recited. The panel discussion and questions from the audience were moderated by Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter Director of Communications, Elio Leturia.
Photos courtesy of Ivan Cruz