Pellissippi State celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Pellissippi State Community College marks National Hispanic Heritage Month with celebrations on Sept. 20 and Oct. 12 at the Hardin Valley Campus in West Knoxville.

The Sept. 20 presentation features dance groups performing in the Goins Building College Center. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. It includes the following scheduled performances:

  • 5:15-6 p.m.—Knoxville Argentine Tango Society
  • 6:15-7 p.m.—Academy Ballroom Latin Dance Ensemble
  • 7:15-8:15 p.m.—Pablo Garzon and Serenatta, Romantic Latin Ensemble, of Nashville

On Oct. 12, the Core Ensemble performs its chamber music theatre work “Tres Vidas,” 7-8:30 p.m. at the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Chamber music theatre is a format developed by the Core Ensemble that blends theatrical narrative and chamber music performance.

“Tres Vidas” is a celebration of the life, times and work of three significant Latin American women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Ruffina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed Sept. 15-Oct. 15 in the U.S. by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens of this country whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded to its present 30-day period under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

This year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office, Student Life and Recreation, and Liberal Arts Department. The Hardin Valley Campus is located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road. For more information, call (865) 539-7160.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or