Hispanic Heritage Month Events


McCormick’s Center for the Study of Latin@ Theology and Ministry will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a program commemorating a turbulent moment in the seminary’s history

The three-part program, “Community, Campus, and Crisis: Unexpected Stories and Contributions of the Young Lords Occupation in 1969” is presented by the Center in conjunction with De Paul University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. It explores the events surrounding the Young Lords street gang's occupation of McCormick’s Stone administration building on the Lincoln Park campus.

The occupation and accompanying student and faculty protests centered on the rapid gentrification of Lincoln Park and the resulting and abrupt displacement of its largely Latino residents. 

The programs, which all run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. are on three Saturdays: September 10, October 1 and October 15.

The first, “Prophetic Voices of the Community” will be moderated by McCormick associate professor Dr. Ken Sawyer. The panelist include Omar Lopez, Daniel Alvarez and Robert Worley Sr. It will take place at the former Stone building, now the De Paul University School of Music at 804 W. Belden Ave. in Chicago. This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Latino Research, the School of Music and the University Libraries/Special Collections Archives, all at DePaul University.

The second, “Institutional Responses” features keynote speaker Roberto Navarro. Cheryl Pero, the Director of The Multi-Cultural Center at LSTC, will moderate a panel that includes Obed Lopez, Carlos Castro, Carol Lee Lopez, and Hector Ortiz.  It takes place on the campus of LSTC in the Common Room 350 at 1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago.

The final program, “Renewing Covenants with Latin@ Ministries” will be moderated by Luis Rivera-Rodriguez, McCormick’s James G.K. McClure Professor of Theological Education, Dean of the Faculty, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will also be the keynote speaker. Panelists include Frank Yamada, McCormick’s President, Daniel Rodriguez-Diaz, director of the Center, and Carlos Castro. It will be held in McCormick’s Common Room at 5460 S. University, Chicago.