Storyteller Linda Garcia-Perez will headline UNMC's Hispanic Heritage Month observances on Sept. 19.
Garcia-Perez will speak on "Storytelling: The Hispanic Oral Tradition" from noon to 1 p.m. in the Eppley Science Hall Amphitheater, Room 3010. She draws on her experiences as a young girl in Omaha's Mexican-American barrio to create stories conveying a universal message of humor, wonder and tradition.
"Linda Garcia-Perez is a local artist and storyteller who has dedicated her life to her craft," said Athena Ramos, assistant professor, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UNMC Department of Health Promotion. "Her work sharing history and traditions is critical to growing cultural understanding, acceptance, and fostering a common humanity in our state and throughout the world."
"The celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month is one of many ways we can acknowledge the significance and contributions of the Hispanic and Latino American cultures in the United States," said Marcela Carvajal, outreach project specialist in the UNMC College of Public Health. "In the Midwest, Hispanics continue to bring our culture, values, and skills, helping to revitalize new destination communities."
The event also will include a papel picado (Mexican paper-cutting) demonstration following Garcia-Perez's presentation. Light refreshments will be served.