Hispanic Americans You Want to Know

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Hispanic Americans You Want to Know


Cooper, Mary Ann, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education


The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month would not be complete without a sampling of talented Hispanic activists, artists, educators, politicians, atliletes and other professionals. Their achievements and celebrity raise the consciousness of a nation and the world about the contributions of Hispanics and, for some, the challenges Hispanics face as they are woven into the American tapestry of tradition and values.

Desi Arnaz

Born Desiderio Alberto Ama?; y de Acha III in Santiago de Cuba, Desi Arnaz gained fame and fortune as an American musician, actor and television producer in the United Slates. He achieved international recognition as tlie leader of a Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, but his role on a popular television show as well as the innovations he brought to the new medium are his real claim to fame. He played Ricky Ricardo on I love Lucy, a series be co-produced with his wife, Lucille Ball, who starred with him on the series. Along with being die first producer to use film instead of kinescope to record the sitcom's episodes, he is also recognized as the inventor of the television rerun. Arnaz's father. Desiderio Alberto Arnaz 11, was Santiago's youngest mayor and also served in the Cuban House of Representatives. After the 1933 Cuban Revolution, led by Fulgencio Batista, Alberto Arnaz was thrown into prison and all of his property was taken over by the new government. When he was released after six months, he and his family fled to Miami, Fla. With Ball, he founded Desilu Productions. Along with I Lone Lucy, die two produced The Ann Sothern Show, Those Whiting Girls and the feature film forever. Darling (1956), in which they both starred. He and Ball are die parents of actress Lucie Arnaz (born 1951) and actor Desi Arnaz Jr. (born 1953). They divorced in i960.

Luis Camnitzer

Bom in Germany in 1937 and raised in Uruguay from the age of 2, Luis Camnitzer is a conceptual artist and academic who works in the media of printmaking and sculpture, whose work has appeared in many exhibitions since the early 1960s. He began Ills art career as a printmaker at the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he obtained a degree in sculpture. His works reflects the struggle he has trying to understand and fit into the Hispanic and Jewish cultures that are part of his heritage. They also explore art history and art theory as they exist in Latin America. The works delve into subjects such as political oppression, cultural identity', the commercialization of art, and ethics in art. Carnnitzer's work has been shown in noted exhibitions and institutions, including die permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (MALBA) , among other institutions. Camnitzer received Guggenheim Fellowships in 1961 and 1982, A highly regarded critic and curator, Camnitzer is a frequent contributor to ArtNexus and wrote New Art of Cuba (1994, 2003) and Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation (2007) .

Ana Castillo

Born in Chicago on June 15, 1953, Ana Castillo is a celebrated poet, novelist, short-story writer and essayist. She is a Chicana feminist who uses her writing to advance political (hemes and her passion for cultural and political activism. Her works include The Guardians, Peel My Love Like an Onion, So Far from God, The Mixqutabuaia Letters and Sapogonia. She lias written a story collection, Loverhoys; the critical study Massacre of the Dreamers the poetry collection My father Was a Tolteci and Selected Poems, and the children's book My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, the Dove. She is the editor of the anthology Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe, available from Vintage Espanol (La diosa de las Americas). Castillo's work is included in several anthologies such as MASCARAS (Third Women Press, 1997); Tributes: American Writers on American Writers (Bard College, 1997) ; and MultLAmerica: Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace (Viking. …

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