NIC highlights Latino culture during weeklong event

As Cinco de Mayo time draws near, North Idaho College is utilizing the increased interest in Latino traditions to spread awareness of the various Latino cultures during Latino Culture Week April 17-21.
The weeklong event will include a series of speakers, performances and other events held on NIC’s main campus in Coeur d’Alene.
“The Latino Culture Week events are centered around the theme, ‘We are not all the same,’” said Virginia Hickman, NIC Spanish instructor and coordinator of the event. “We want to emphasize the variety of customs and traditions of the various countries that make up the Latino world.”
The event will kick off at 1 p.m. Monday with a presentation on “Peru, Land of the Incas” in the Driftwood Bay Room of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building (SUB). Rosario Wohlsen and Ricardo Palacios will present in addition to performing a Peruvian folkdance demonstration with Latin-American regalia.
A presentation on “Castro’s Cuba” will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of the SUB. NIC Latino Club Secretary Roni Hendricks of St. Maries will present the background of the political situation in Cuba prior to the revolution and Cuban refugee Felipe Lores will follow with a talk on the current situation in Cuba. The presentation will be immediately followed by a Salsa dance lesson by Lores and NIC Latino Club Vice President Terin Tohm of Sandpoint. Participants in the dance lesson will be eligible for a $100 door prize awarded after the lesson.
George Minas and Robin Campbell will present a dance demonstration “The Tango of Argentina” from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Grand Bay Dining Area of the SUB. The pair will follow the presentation with a lesson on basic tango steps in the Driftwood Bay Room of the SUB.
The children of NIC’s Children’s Center will perform the Raspa, a traditional Mexican folkdance, with the help of NIC Latino Club members Pat Cloonan of Hayden, David O’Very of Coeur d’Alene, Mike Naff of Oroville, Wash., and Angie Rausch of St. Michael, Minn., during “Viva Mexico” at noon Thursday in the Grand Bay Dining Area of the SUB.
Also on Thursday, NIC’s Students for Progressive Change will present “Peace in Colombia,” a presentation on the student delegation from NIC that will be going to Colombia in May, at 7 p.m. in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall.
NIC English and Foreign Languages Division Assistant Chair and Spanish Instructor Joyce Lider will present on “The Ruins of the Mayas” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall. Lider will partner with NIC Student Accounts Manager Victor Cazun during the hour as he completes the presentation with information on “A Visit to Guatemala.”
The week’s events are free and open to the public.
Information: In English or Espanol, (208) 769-3398.

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NIC Spanish Instructor Virginia Hickman, (208) 769-3398

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2006

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