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Year of Mexico

Patria, Libertad, Trabajo y Cultura

Each academic year since 2003, Reinhardt has designated a region of the world for students to learn more about through in-depth study and hands-on interaction. This focus is intended to promote understanding of varied cultures, businesses, histories, geographies and faiths and to help internationalize the Reinhardt experience.

The 2015-2016 year is the Year of Mexico. Students will experience and learn about our neighbor to the south and how our intertwined histories have created our current relationship. Events will be scheduled throughout the academic year and include a festival, lectures, Day of the Dead celebrations, an immigration symposium, a travel tour, and many others.

FALL 2015 Activities/Events

August 20

  • Involvement Fair – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Hasty Student Life Center

September 3

  • RU Student Experiences in Mexico – Café y conversacion -  Time TBA   Glass House

September 16 – Mexican Independence Day

Year of Mexico Festival – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Donor Plaza (weather permitting); all proceeds from the event will help fund the construction of a well in El Tablon in Mexico.

    • all festival long - food, games, school booths, a marketplace and chances to take a swing at a real piñata. 

    • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Soccer skills demonstrations presented by RU players

    • 12-1 p.m. Learn about Mariachi music from local professionals 

      and enjoy the sounds of Mexico - Glasshouse 

    • Between 12-2p.m.- Address by Ascary Arias: For the Year of Mexico we are focusing on raising funds to get a well for the 700 families of El Tablon in Mexico. To spread the word about the project and what we are doing, the President of Vidas de Esperanza Ascary Arias is heading out on a 24-hour 380-mile bike and will arrive approx. between 12-2 p.m. at the festival. He will be the featured speaker for the event.
    • 1-2 p.m. RU’s own Ivonne Ramirez will demonstrate dances of Mexico …. Bring your dance shoes and learn some new steps! – Glasshouse

September 30

Exploring the edible plants of Mexico – Tastes we know and love”  Dr. Aliya Donnell   Café y conversacion
1 pm    Location: Dobbs 205

October 27

  • Remembering your loved ones: Making your personal Day of the Dead alter
    Amy McGee – 11 am – 1 pm     Library Upper level

November 1

  • Day of the Dead ceremony – Remembrance
    Dr. Donald Gregory       Location: Glass House   Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

November 2

  • Remembering our own –  Dr. Donald Gregory
    Ceremony at the grave of Captain Reinhardt      

Previous global emphasis areas have included:

2014-2015 Year of India
2013-2014 Year of Germany
2012-2013 Year of China: Dragon Rising
2011-12 Year of Ireland and Irish Heritage
2010-11 Year of Oceania
2009-10 Year of North American Indigenous Peoples
2008-09 Year of the Mediterranean
2007-08 Year of Eastern Europe and Russia
2006-07 Year of Middle East 
2005-06 Year of Africa
2004-05 Year of Asia
2003-04 Year of The Americas (inaugural year)

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