Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With Us

Posted on: September 13, 2023

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), join us in celebrating the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic communities around the world by learning more about Hispanic and Latinx history, identity, and resilience and engaging in local events.

Movies to Watch

Platino Educa

In 2023, we added a Spanish language film streaming platform called Platino Educa, with over 300 films from Spain and Latin America covering a broad range of themes, including art, history, environmental science, and social justice. Films have Spanish and English subtitles.


Check out the Hispanic American film collection of 129 streaming videos in Kanopy – an award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films, available to you for free as a member of the JMU community. Top-rated movies include:

previews of three movies in Kanopy

Check out the entire Hispanic American video collection or browse all 30,000 titles in Kanopy.

Local Events

Hispanic Film Festival: On September 20-24, 2023, Court Square Theater will host a Hispanic Film Festival, an annual celebration of Spanish-language films in cooperation with JMU LAXC and JMU’s CVPA.

JMU CMSS (Center for Multicultural Student Services) is featuring a great lineup of lineup of events this month, including:

  • Salsa & Salsa (a food and dance event)
  • a faculty panel of three Latinx professors at JMU
  • a keynote speaker and banquet
  • a conversation about Dia de los Muertos, and more!

Many of these events represent collaborations between Madison Hispanic Caucus (MHC), the Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS), the Latinx Student Alliance (LSA), Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies (LAXC), and the Honors College. Find more information by following JMU CMSS (@jmucmss) or the LSA (@jmu_lsa) on Instagram.

Hispanic Heritage in Our Collections

Curious About the Terms “Hispanic” and “Latinx”?

Check out this Code Switch podcast or this NPR article or Pew Research report to learn more.

Join the National Celebration

Visit hispanicheritagemonth.gov to learn about even more ways to celebrate, learn, and connect during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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