Looking ahead to Hispanic & Latine Heritage Month


As we look ahead to Latine / Hispanic Heritage Month—which runs annually from September 15th through October 15th—we are honored to spotlight these storytellers, scholars, and journalists who offer critical context for Latinx identity in all its facets. Their talks inspire audiences with thorough analysis and moving anecdotes of heritage, community, and personhood.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree and The Man Who Could Move Clouds

Ingrid Rojas Contreras Speaker

Speaking Topics & Expertise:

  • Speaks about brown Latinx identity, cultural and physical borders, stories in migration, and what is lost in translation
  • Explores the politics of interpersonal power, the violence perpetrated against the women in her family across three generations, and the marks these experiences carve

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

National Book Award Finalist and author of Sabrina & Corina and Woman of Light

Kali Fajardo Anstine Speaker
Speaking Topics & Expertise:

  • Discusses the nature of claiming one’s identity, whether that be racial, familial, economic, or social
  • Shows the power of resiliency in understanding where you come from, drawing on her experience as a mixed race woman

Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Princeton University professor and author of Undocumented

Dan el Padilla Peralta Speaker

Speaking Topics & Expertise:

  • Chronicles his remarkable journey from the rough streets of New York City to the top of his class at Princeton, offering an honest and inspiring glimpse of the American immigrant experience
  • Explores the hardships faced by immigrants, chasing the American dream

Matt de la Peña

New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults


Speaking Topics & Expertise:

  • Offers insight into what it means to have a mixed identity in America
  • Explores the socio-economic issues many immigrants face

Javier Zamora

Memoirist, poet, and author of Solito

Javier Zamora Speaker

Speaking Topics & Expertise:

  • Explores how identity influences our ideas of home and brings humanity and warmth to the figure of the “immigrant”
  • Speaks on how writing can help heal process and heal trauma

Cristina Henríquez

Critically acclaimed author of The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez Speaker

Speaking Topics & Expertise:

  • Speaks about identity and addresses common narratives about immigration
  • Shares the varied human stories behind the ongoing debate about immigration through the eyes of characters from all over Latin America