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Hispanic Heritage Month to feature two authors

October 5, 2015

Harper College will welcome bestselling Latino authors Luís Alberto Urrea and Juana Bordas to campus Tuesday, Oct. 6, for a pair of free events celebrating culture and community.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea has always mined his dual-culture life to explore love, loss and triumph through his writing. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea will share his experiences at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

His appearance is part of the Indian Trails Public Library’s Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a partnership with Harper and District 214. Urrea wrote “Into the Beautiful North,” the library’s selection for its community read.

Another event will feature Bordas, who tours the country discussing what it means to “lead with salsa,” and how Latino leadership is inclusive, people-centered, action-oriented and global.

Her lecture, which will focus on how Latino leaders have advanced their communities and how young leaders can continue Hispanic progress, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Building J Theatre.

Bordas’ humble beginnings instilled in her a desire to give back and help other Latinos find their place in society. She emigrated to the U.S. from Nicaragua on a banana boat and learned leadership from the determination and sacrifice shown by her hardworking parents. Bordas became the first in her family to go to college, after which she joined the Peace Corps and began a career committed to advancing communities of color.

She is the author of “The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution” and “Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age.”

Admission to both events is free, but tickets are required. Call 847.925.6100 for more information, or visit harpercollege.edu or itpld.org/bigread.

Media contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159