OSU’s Frederick Aldama headlines College’s Hispanic Heritage Month

Frederick Aldama headshot

Dr. Frederick Aldama, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University, will be at Marietta College making presentations and interacting with students on Monday, Sept. 19, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on campus.

The main presentation is “Real and Reel Latinx Lives Matter!” at 7:15 p.m. in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. During this event, Aldama claims to “unzip his brain, offering a multimedia exploration of contemporary film, television, music, animated cartoons, comic books, video games, and much more that mark the abundant presence of Latinos in the nation.”

He will also offer a vital new understanding of how Latinos are actively shaping — and consuming — today’s Latinofied mainstream. The English & Modern Languages Department is hosting this event.

Aldama will arrive on campus and have lunch with students in Gilman Dining Hall at noon. From 1:30-3 p.m. he will give a LASER (Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research) Program Presentation in the Prince Forum, and then conduct a meet and greet from 3-4 p.m. in Thomas 217.

Aldama teaches Latino comic books, TV, and film in the departments of English, Spanish/Portuguese, and Film Studies at OSU. He was honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education award as well as a recipient of the White House Bright Spot for Higher Education Award for his Latino High School outreach program.

He is the author, co-author, and editor of 29 books, including The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez, Latinos and Narrative Media, The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Pop Culture, and Long Stories Cut Short: Fiction from the Borderlands.

Another event scheduled during the celebration of Hispanic culture is Pizza & Politics at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Thomas 124. Dr. Mark Schaefer, Associate Professor of Political Science, will lead a discussion of Latinos, Immigration and the 2016 Presidential Election.

The final event features Dr. Samuel Cruz, Spanish Instructor, leading a class in the salsa and samba at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Andrews Hall Great Room.