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2012.07.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Students' Creative Works in Spanish to be on Display at Criss Library

Omaha - Short stories and illustrations from Nebraska students will be on display in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Criss Library’s main floor Monday, July 30 through Thursday, Aug. 30.

The display is the culmination of the third-annual “Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work” contest, which ran from January to March of this year. The contest celebrates the Spanish language across the state of Nebraska and encourages its creative use among bilingual, heritage speakers and speakers of Spanish as a second language.

“Through Our Words” is sponsored by the Department of Foreign languages, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Mexican Consulate and the City of Omaha.

“The Spanish creative writing contest is an opportunity for both heritage speakers and students of Spanish as a second language to claim creative ownership of the language and explore new landscapes within and outside themselves,” said Claudia Garcia, assistant professor of Spanish at UNO and contest organizer in news release about the contest. “Because of the growth of the Latino and Latin American immigrant population in our state, it’s important to recognize the Spanish language as a relevant Latino contribution to American culture, and to celebrate it through writing.”

Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. The Nebraska Humanities Council funds programs that explore Nebraska’s heritage, build community awareness, and strengthen ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad.

More information on the contest is available online at www.unomaha.edu/ollas/writingcontest.php (English) or www.unomaha.edu/ollas/concursodeescrituracreativa.php (Spanish). More information on the Criss Library and its exhibits can be found at http://library.unomaha.edu/information/current_exhibits.php.

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