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Lecture by local television host, producer marks National Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College will mark National Hispanic Heritage Month with a lecture on Latino cultural contributions in the United States by a local television host and producer of a cable show for Latino youth.

Carolina Peña with speak Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Hood’s Whitaker Campus Center.

A first-generation immigrant from Ecuador, Peña is the founder, producer and host of “Generacion Latina,” which features Latino youth engaging in discussions with Latino role models. Now in its seventh year, the program also offers resources for the youths to further their education beyond high school.

Peña has also done production work for live and pre-recorded television shows, including the broadcasts of the “Hispanic Heritage Awards,” “Latin Grammy Awards” and “New Year’s Eve Live from Times Square.” She was awarded the Philadelphia Regional Youth Award Gold Medallion for journalism in 2005.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when Hispanic and Latino American contributions to the United States are recognized and Hispanic culture and heritage is celebrated.

National Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.

The event sponsors include Hood’s office of multicultural affairs and international student programs, the department of foreign languages and literatures and the international club.

For more information, contact Kiran Chadda, director of the multicultural and international student program, at (301) 696-3799, or by e-mail at chadda@hood.edu.