Cultural Events in Oxford, Ohio

One of the perks of living in a college town like Oxford, Ohio is that we get people not just from around the country but from all around the world coming here and settling down, whether for a few years or for a lifetime. And with this diverse community comes an array of cultures and experiences that make our little town feel surprisingly big. Organizations like the Oxford Community Arts Center, as well as Miami University departments and clubs, put together engaging cultural events all year long. These events create important opportunities for our town to come together, share, learn, and have fun.

To help you take advantage of these opportunities, we've listed some upcoming cultural events that you won't want to miss.

Undesireables: A Queer History of Latinx Challenges to U.S. Immigration Policy

When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 at 5:00pm

Where: Shriver Center Heritage Room

Professor Capó is a transnational historian whose research interests include modern U.S. history, especially the United States’s relationship to the Caribbean and Latin America. His first book, Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940 (UNC Press, 2017), has received six awards and honors, including the Charles S. Sydnor Award for the best book written on Southern history. He is the recipient of the Audre Lorde Prize from the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History and the Carlton C. Qualey Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

Capó’s research extends to his commitment to public history. He curated “Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities” for History Miami Museum and participated in a National Park Service initiative to promote and identify historic LGBTQ sites.

Sponsored by the Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Music y Ritmo: An Exploration of Latinx Music

Where: Armstrong Center 1086

When: Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Latin music—from salsa to bachata and reggaeton—has greatly influenced pop music in America, culminating in record-breaking mainstream hits like “Havana” and “Despacito.” But do you know the connection between the various Latin American music and other types of music? We want to celebrate the richness and diversity of Latin American culture by connecting its roots to other music types. Dr. Thomas George Caracas Garcia, ethnomusicologist, guitarist and lutenist at Miami shares about Latin Music and the other forms of music that inform Latin American culture.

Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival

When: Friday, Sept. 30th, from 5:30PM - 9:00PM

Where: Uptown Park (2 East High Street)

Sponsored by Miami University's Center for American and World Cultures, the UniDiversity Festival is a kick-off event for a month of activities celebrating National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month. The festival will include performances by Qué Lindo es Panamá! (Dance Troupe), Cincy Brazil Samba Dance, Silly Safarias (live animal show starring RYAN the LION), Strolling by Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. and Flags Parade, and Charanga LF (Latin band; and dancing demo by Chevere FL). Food vendors will include Just Jerks (Jamiacan cuisine), El Cardenal Taqueria, and Kona Ice.

Entertainment at the park will include:

- Amazon John and Silly Safari, Live animal booth
- Honey Hill Farm, Petting Zoo
- Oxford Lane Library's Book Bike (bilingual literature), scavenger hunt, paper marigold flowers activity and more
- Fairfield Lane Library
- Strolling Balloon Artist, Cincinnati Circus
- Traditional games sponsored by Oxford NAACP

Don't forget to stop by the Information Fair (5:30pm - 7:30pm) where you can pick up literature about work, services, and other events related to the Latin America, Caribbean and Latino communities. This festival is FREE and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Alternative venue in case of severe weather conditions: Wilks Theater, Armstrong Center

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