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2010.06.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Criss Library Welcomes Spanish Literary Works by Nebraska Students

Omaha - Poems, essays and short narratives by Nebraska students in grades 5 through 12 are on display at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Criss Library Tuesday, June 22 through Thursday, July 15.

The submissions – all written in Spanish – were selected earlier this year for “Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work,” a statewide writing contest sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and the College of Arts and Sciences at UNO, along with support from Cumbre 2010 partners and the Nebraska Humanities Council.

The student writings celebrate Latino and Latin American immigrants’ contributions to communities across Nebraska.

Contest winners were announced during a special ceremony in April at UNO. The award-winning entries were also on display at the OLLAS Cumbre 2010, the Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains, in May.

The contest was the first of its kind in Nebraska. UNO Department of Foreign Language faculty members Claudia Garcia and Melanie Bloom visited schools in Omaha, Fremont, South Sioux City, Columbus and Schuyler earlier this year to promote the contest and host creative writing sessions in Spanish with elementary, middle and high school students. Nearly 100 entries were submitted.

“We are very pleased with the response from the Latino community and we expect to call for a second writing contest in Spanish this year as well," Garcia said.

For more information, call Garcia at (402) 554-4837.

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