The Anthropology Club, in collaboration with other IUP organizations, will host the first annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Festival at IUP. It is expected to be the most multicultural and collaborative event on campus for the Fall 2013 semester. Events include a lecture by Harold Morales, an altars exhibit in the University Museum and in the HUB, an art show, a parade, and a costume party and contest.
Día de los Muertos has been celebrated in Mexico for centuries and became popular in the U.S. beginning the 1970s, when altars (ofrendas) became opportunities for airing political concerns. The Day of the Dead is a time to remember loved ones who have passed away, but is also a platform for bringing attention to important social and educational issues. Every year, Día de los Muertos grows in popularity and is now widely celebrated in communities from California to New Jersey: on main streets; in universities, museums, and libraries; and in private homes.
The Department of Communications Media will create a documentary of the first Day of the Dead Festival at IUP. Participating campus departments will be documented as they prepare for and participate in the festival.
For more information, contact Day of the Dead liaison Lisa McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Anthropology Club President Elye Schenk at email@example.com.
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