The event is free and open to the entire community.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Piedmont Community College (PCC) will host a live performance of the nationally touring comedy show “The Creation of Hispanics” on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 12-1:30 p.m. in the D101 Auditorium on the Person County Campus (1715 College Drive Roxboro NC 27574).

“The Creation of Hispanics” is a 35-minute comedy which examines the Hispanic/Latin(x) cultural journey in the United States. 

Hispanics have surpassed African Americans as the largest non-dominant ethnic group in the country.  Before 1970, groups of Latin origin were not seen as a collective.  Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans were lumped into “white” while the rest were categorized by US region or national origin.  All that changed in 1970 when the U.S. Census Bureau created the category “Hispanic.”

50 years later, what does it mean to be “Hispanic?”

The show also talks about the similarities and differences that exist within the multitude of cultures that fall under this broad umbrella “Hispanic/Latin(x).”  It also challenges the audience to examine the biases and prejudices that have been experienced by every group of newcomers to this country. 

“There is always some group that is seen as not American enough, no matter where they come from,” show co-creator Will Luera said.  “This goes back as far as the Germans in the 1700s.”

The performance was created by Dialogues on Diversity of Winston Salem, N.C.  Dialogues on Diversity is a nationally touring performance company.  They offer a range of performances and workshops that address cultural issues with a focus towards compassionate engagement. 

Our job is to help people see the beauty and complexity in all the aspects of the American experience,” Ron Jones, company director and co-writer of “The Creation of Hispanics,” said.

Dialogues on Diversity has done more than 1200 performance and workshop programs nationally over the last 15 years.  The are the winner of the 2023 Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities “Cultural Act of the Year.”  More information about Dialogues on Diversity can be found at www.dialoguesondiversity.com

PCC will be the first of two North Carolina performances for Dialogues on Diversity.  The second show will be held at Mitchell Community College in Statesville on October 12. They will finish off Hispanic Heritage Month at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan the following week.

For more information about the program at PCC, please contact:

Tiffany Skouby

Tiffany.skouby@piedmontcc.edu

For more information or interviews about Dialogues on Diversity programs, please contact:

Ron Jones

Ron@dialoguesondiversity.com

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