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Programs and Events

International/Intercultural Education

International/Intercultural Education coordinates educational programs and events across the Metropolitan Community College campuses to commemorate nationally recognized ethnic and cultural holidays. Most programs are free and open to the public. Suggestions for programming should be sent to bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.



Myths and Traditions: Celebrating 200 Years of Mexican Independence by Scott Eastman, Director of Latin American Studies, Associate Professor of History, Creighton University

On Sept. 16, 1810, a progressive priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla became the father of Mexican independence with a historic proclamation urging his fellow Mexicans to take up arms against the Spanish government. Known as the “Grito de Dolores,” Hidalgo’s declaration launched a decade-long struggle that ended 300 years of colonial rule, established an independent Mexico and helped cultivate a unique Mexican identity. Its anniversary is now celebrated as the country’s birthday. Learn more about Mexican independence at this presentation.

Wednesday, Sept. 20 - 12:45-1:45 pm
South Omaha Campus, ITC Conference Center, room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave. Omaha, NE  68107           

No Más Bebés

"No Más Bebés" is the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued Los Angeles county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth during the 1970s. Led by an intrepid 26-year-old Chicana lawyer armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistleblowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice. Their landmark 1975 civil rights lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, asserted that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
Materials and licensing support provided by Metropolitan Community College Libraries.

Wednesday, September 27 — 12:10-1:50 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
5300 N. 30th St. Omaha, NE  68111

Study and Live in Antigua, Guatemala

Learn from students and faculty who have studied Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala; explored cultures surrounding Lake Atitlan, researched the mangroves and beach environments of Monterico and carried out service learning projects in Santa Lucia Milpas Altas. MCC’s Credit Courses Abroad program will sponsor a similar program in the summer of 2018.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 — 10-11 a.m.
Fort Omaha Campus - Bldg 10, room TBA

Traditional dress and arts of Mexico by Hector Moreno, founder, Mexican Dance Academy of Nebraska

Just like any other developed country, modern Mexican dress has similarities to popular styles and garments worn around the world today. However, the deep cultural roots in Mexico uncover unique traditional outfits found nowhere else. Traditional Mexican clothing combines native and European elements. The fibers of choice across the country are cotton, bark and agave (indigenous) as well as wool and silk (introduced by the Spanish).
Explore diverse traditional dress of Mexico with Moreno, professional dancer, choreographer and costumier.

Wednesday, Oct. 11 - 1-2 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus - room 114
829 N. 204th St.
Elkhorn, NE  68022

Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

Saturday, Sept. 30, 1-7:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow, Saturday, September 30 poster