Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the National Museum of Mexican Art was a success

Dr. Joaquín Villegas, Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter Board member presenting the Latin American panelists during the central event.

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.

Consul General of Ecuador Gonzalo Andrade talking to the audience during the panel discussion. Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter Board member Cristina Sisson translates his presentation.

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.

A group of visiting Ecuadorean students who attended the event pose for the photo with the panelists Salvador A Cicero and Diego Silva Ardila.

A large audience attended the event at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Chicken and beef fajitas, frijoles charros and rice, guacamole, chips and salsa, nopales were served prior to the panel discussion, along with wine and refreshments.

Photos courtesy of Ivan Cruz

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One response to “Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the National Museum of Mexican Art was a success

  1. Margo McFarland

    Beautifully put together. Sorry I wasn’t able to attend.

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