Boston's Best Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is here again and Boston is making it easy for revelers to celebrate. From getting in touch with family roots to catching some music, anyone can get a taste of Hispanic culture, or glimpse Spanish history through the eyes of an artist. Events are happening all month long, so pick one or more that are interesting and help the country celebrate one of its most common cultures. The celebration lasts from September 15 to October 15.
Boston College Hispanic Heritage Month
Maloney Hall, Boston College Campus
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-3358

Dates: Now through Oct. 15, 2014

Every year, Boston College celebrates the various American heritage months that pay homage to the cultures that make up this diverse country. The annual Hispanic Heritage Month involves a variety of events, including an opening and closing ceremony, that are free to attend. Attend lectures, discussions, parties and more. They are all hosted by the OASP Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee, the Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship Committee, the Boston College Alumni Association and the Latino/as at Boston College Association. Keep an eye out on the website and social media for details as new events come up.

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Society Of Hispanic Professional Engineers Speed Mentoring
Microsoft New England R&D Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
(857) 453-6000

Date: Oct. 15, 2014

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Boston Chapter does a lot of work reaching with out to students who may want to enter engineering and other sciences. The organization holds events that both further Latinos in engineering jobs and encourage young Latinos to take interest in the sciences. This Hispanic Heritage Month, a panel of Latino academics and professionals will offer speed mentoring at Microsoft NERD. This is a great opportunity to learn about these leaders' experiences and how Latinos and others can enter these fields.

Leo Blanco, Jason Anick and Jason Yaeger
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-7455

Date: Sept. 30, 2014

This concert features three of the Berklee staff showing off their talents. The musical styles for this night vary, but Latin is among them. Moreover, it is combined with other styles in a way that really shows how Latin music has integrated into world culture seamlessly. Among these teaching musicians are fantastic piano, violin and mandolin players. Expect extraordinary talent shining through for the entire evening.

Penelope Santana Group
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston St.
Boston, MA, 02215
(617) 266-1400

Date: Oct. 2, 2014

Dominican musician Penelope Santana and her group bring Hispanic culture and contemporary sound to Berklee's Berk Recital Hall. Penelope Santana plays jazz guitar for a night of original compositions from she and her band. The general feel is mellow and soothing with Spanish lyrics over light groove music. Admission is free for anyone who would like to attend, so bring friends and get a feel of what Hispanic culture is in a modern setting.

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"Goya: Order And Disorder"
Ann And Graham Gund Gallery
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

Date: Exhibit begins on Oct. 12, 2014

No conversation about Hispanic art could possibly be complete without mentioning Francisco Goya. This Spanish painter of the romantic persuasion was a court painter in Spain and, nearer the end of his career, print artist who dared to outright criticize the conflicts of his day, though not openly. A showing of his work this large has not happened in the U.S. for 25 years, so it is a real treat. It takes the viewer through the many themes and styles of Goya, from his commissioned works to his personal sketches.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at