Xavier University's Office of Multicultural Affairs Hosts Michael Benitez, Jr.

Kick-off for Hispanic Heritage Month | September 14, 2009

Xavier University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting Michael Benitez, Jr. on Tuesday, September 15, at 5:00 pm in a free and open presentation in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Benitez will speak on “Identity, Politics & Whiteness in Latino/a Culture: Deconstructing Conditions of Race in ‘Pero Somos Latinos/as.’” For more information, please call 513-745-3181.

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15 and honors and celebrates the independence of several Latin American countries and the contributions of their citizens in the Americas and beyond. 

“I set a lively tone” Benitez says, “because I never stand at the mic or the podium. I attempt to generate a feeling of community by walking around the room, sitting next to folks sometimes, and asking them to discuss relevant and critical questions.”

Michael Benitez Jr. is an activist- scholar, lecturer, and spoken word artist integrating hip hop pedagogy, academic inquiry and personal experience. His presentations provide a critical and multicontextual framework for empowerment and education, addressing issues of diversity and social justice, cross- and intercultural unity, knowledge representation and equity, leadership and youth development, and multiculturalism.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation.  U.S. News & World Report ranks it No.3 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 371 Colleges in America.”