A nationally known cartoonist and an expert in bilingual education will be the featured speakers during Hispanic Heritage Month at McDaniel College in Westminster.
Co-sponsored by the McDaniel College Hispanic/Latino Alliance and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the campus celebration that started Sunday and runs through Oct. 15 also features exhibits in Decker College Center.
Hector Cantu, co-creator and writer of the newspaper comic strip "Baldo," takes the podium at 7 o'clock tonight in Baker Memorial Chapel. His topic is "Latino Images in Pop Culture: From Banditos to Chihuahuas."
Cantu's comic strip appears in 150 U.S. daily and Sunday newspapers. The first Baldo book, The Lower You Ride, The Cooler You Are, was published last year.
A lecture featuring David Ramirez at 7 p.m. Tuesday in McDaniel Lounge will focus on the best ways to educate students for whom English is not the first language.
Ramirez, director of the Center for Language Minority Education and Research at California State University Long Beach, is a researcher in the field of bilingual education. His topic is "Global Education for the 21st Century: Lessons We've Learned from Student Diversity."
Both events are open to the public.