For the 7th consecutive year, the College of Charleston’s Department of Hispanic Studies is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) with various activities.

The Spanish House (8 Bull Street) will host a celebration of the Independence of Chile from 2-5pm on September 18; tertulias, informal gatherings to practice conversational Spanish, will be held on September 16 and October 7 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Yo Burrito restaurant (77 Wentworth Street); Dr. Cecilia Brain will present “Pre-Hispanic Writing Systems” on September 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Alumni Center of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance (86 Wentworth St.); Fresh Food Company will serve authentic Hispanic cuisine for lunch and dinner during the week of September 20-24; Hispanic film nights on October 5 and 12; Hispanic Studies’ award-winning chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, will host a poetry recital in Spanish in early October (TBA); students will participate in the Latin American Festival on October 2 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Wannamaker County Park.

“Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the College presents a wonderful opportunity to share information with students and the community about the culture, language and history of the United States’ largest minority group,” said Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies. “The U.S. is second only to Mexico in having the world’s highest population of Hispanics, and observing Hispanic Heritage Month helps us reacquaint ourselves with this critically important and ever-growing sector of U.S. society.”

For more information, contact Dr. Del Mastro at or 843.953.6748.