Bloomsburg University hosting events for Hispanic Heritage Month

For Immediate Release

Date: Aug. 27, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire Director of Media Relations/Content Strategy

Written by: Nick Sanayka, Media Relations Intern

Bloomsburg University hosting events for Hispanic Heritage Month

BLOOMSBURG----Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is hosting two events for Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The first event is Mystic Warriors, a musical duo that features the authentic sounds of Andean music, on Monday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Scranton Commons Amphitheatre. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The second event features author, poet, and professor Javier Ávila for a performance titled “Shedding Light on the American Latino Experience," on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Kehr Union Multicultural Center. His one-man show, The Trouble with My Name, blends comedy and poetry to shed light on the American Latino experience. It will feature intersectional insight, along with compelling entertainment, and is free and open to the public.

Mystic Warriors has performed some of the smoothest sounds of the Andes Mountain, a mountain range on the western side of South America, for decades. Their western Central American melodies consist of ancient Andean flutes and panpipes. Mystic Warriors dares to cross the ancient serenading sounds of traditional Andean folk music with popular contemporary music, such as jazz, to offer a bold, undefinable audible experience.

Mystic Warriors have performed their culturally rich music on large stages, such as the White House, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institute, and multiple college campuses. They have also shared the stage with big names like Tom Rush, Bo Diddley, Tito Puente, and others. Mystic Warriors’ music has been featured in National Geographic documentaries and other educational films on the Andes mountain range. Their work has been acknowledged frequently, including the 1997 “Ringo” music award, given by The Washington Hispanics for Best International Folk and World Music Group.

Ávila is an award-winning educator, poet, and author. A former Pennsylvania Professor of the Year, he teaches at Northampton Community College and cherishes the opportunity to educate youth. His best-selling novel, Different, became an award-winning motion picture, titled, Miente, and has been screened across the world. 

His poetry books, The Symmetry of Time and The Dead Man’s Position, have accrued multiple prestigious awards from organizations like The Pen Club and The Puerto Rico Institute of Culture. The success of his literary work has led to the creation and production of his one-man hit show, The Trouble With My Name. Ávila is best known for engaging his audiences and pushing them to consider eccentric topics, such as language, race, and social injustice.

Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Office of Diversity and Retention. For more information regarding this event, please call 570-389-4510.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.