Project Runway Contestant Mondo Guerra to Visit PhilaU as part of Hispanic Heritage Month Series of Events

“Project Runway” contestant Mondo Guerra will speak at PhilaU on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Continuing its celebration of National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, Philadelphia University will hold a series of events in Sept. and Oct., under the theme “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit.” Events run through Oct. 15.

Among the highlights of Philadelphia University’s celebration is a guest lecture from Mondo Guerra, a contestant on the eighth season of Lifetime’s hit TV show “Project Runway,” where he placed second after showing at New York’s Fashion Week. Guerra will meet students and give a presentation in The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 12:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the University community.

Philadelphia University’s National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month events include:

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Display
Through Oct. 15
Paul J. Gutman Library Displays
Visit the Gutman Library through Oct. 15 to see rotating displays of work by Latino/a authors and books about Hispanic architecture, literature and culture.

Hispanic Heritage Month Flag Display
Through Oct. 15
The Kanbar Campus Center Living Room
During Hispanic Heritage Month, flags from the Spanish-speaking countries that are representative of our international student body will be displayed over The Kanbar Campus Center Living Room.  This display is designed to recognize the contributions of our Latino/a international students and how their presence here enriches the experience for all.

Dia de Familia
Saturday, Oct. 1; Noon
Ravenhill Campus
Visit the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) “Dia de Familia” Table at the Homecoming/Family Day “Spirit Fair” kicking off at Noon with a special lineup of entertainment, campus clubs and organization booths, games and fun for all ages. Located in the parking lot on Ravenhill Campus near the Ravenhill Field.

Mondo Guerra Presentation
Thursday, Oct. 6; 12:30 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
Mondo Guerra is a Denver native who was a standout contestant on the eighth season of the hit TV show “Project Runway.” Many thought he was a shoe-in as the winner, but he ended up placing second after showing at New York’s Fashion Week. Known for his bold use of color and pattern, and his tendency to design fashion that’s more fun than formal, Mondo was a clear fan favorite. After hiding his disease from his family and friends for so long, Mondo finally found the courage to admit his HIV status while filming an episode of “Project Runway.” Attend the event on Oct. 6 for a heartfelt presentation.  Mondo will also be available after his talk to answer audience questions and sign autographs.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, Association of Commuting Students, Athletics, Counseling Services, Health Center, Dean of Students Office, Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, LASO and Student Development Programs. 

Latin Lunch and Dinner Series
Long before Europeans “discovered” South America, the native populations knew how to cultivate and harvest an incredible array of foods. They developed elaborate irrigation systems, and terraced the steep Andean mountain slopes to make them more suitable for growing food. They grew corn, lima beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chile peppers, avocados, peanuts, chocolate, and raised llamas and guinea pigs. Each region developed its own traditional dishes.  To this day, many Latin foods, a central focus of many cultural traditions, have roots in pre-colonial dishes.

Enjoy Latin Food on the following days:

Wed., Sept. 28 at Ravenhill Dining Hall (dinner)
Thurs., Sept. 29 at Common Thread (lunch)
Tues., Oct. 4 at Common Thread (lunch)
Wed., Oct. 5 at Ravenhill Dining Hall (dinner)
Tues., Oct. 11 at Common Thread (lunch)
Thurs., Oct. 12 at Ravenhill Dining Hall (dinner)

The Latin Lunch and Dinner series is coordinated with the support of Dining Services.

Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated nationally since 1968. The celebration started on Sept. 15 with the anniversary of five Latin American countries’ independence – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua – in 1821. The month also celebrates the independence days of Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept. 21, and continues with El Día de la Raza on Oct. 12.

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