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Spanish Language Celebration

Annual event dedicated to Spain, Central America and the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Americas. Music, food, dancing, poetry and special lectures celebrate Spanish arts and culture.

March 21, 2017
Engagement, Exchange, and Understanding
9:30am - 3:45pm

Contact Information:  Dr. Emmanual Alvarado  |  (561) 207-5050

Schedule of Events

Palm Beach Gardens campus

Tuesday, March 21
BioScience Complex • Room SC 127

9:30am Welcome/Opening Remarks
Edward Willey, Dean of Academic Affairs, PBSC
9:45–10:45am Learning Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica
Mike Ambrosino, Marketing Manager, World Languages at McGraw Hill
11am-12:15pm The Trump Agenda and Immigration to the U.S.
Aileen Josephs, Immigration Attorney
Jill Hanson, Immigration Attorney
Isabel Castillo, Immigration Attorney
Aliddy S. Diaz, Student Government President, PBSC
12:30-1:45pm Themes and Styles in Modern Latino American Cultural Narratives
Jenifer Skolnick, Professor of English at PBSC
Emmanuel Alvarado, Professor of Spanish at PBSC

Presentation of Film Y Tu Mama Tambien Event
Co-sponsored by PTLC and discussion led by Spanish Club


Presenter Bios

Emmanuel Alvarado

Emmanuel Alvarado received his PhD in Comparative Studies with a concentration in Hispanic Studies from Florida Atlantic University. Currently, Dr Alvarado works as professor of Spanish at Palm Beach State College. He has published numerous articles and presented various conference papers in the fields of Sociolinguistics and Latin American Studies. Some of his publications include ‘Mexico’s Poor: Contextualizing Poverty and Inequality in the Post-NAFTA Years’, published in the Delaware Review of  Latin American Studies. Subsequent articles include ‘Attitudes Toward Immigrants and Multiculturalism in Contemporary America: The Role of Foreign Language Fluency’, published in Sociation Today as well as ‘Intimacy, migration, and cultural change: Latinos and American Fertility.’ published in Revista de Estudios Sociales. More recently, Dr. Alvarado has co-authored a book entitled Intimacies and Cultural Change: Perspectives from Contemporary Mexico published by Ashgate Publishers in March 2014.



Isabel Castillo Isabel del Cid Castillo, Esq. has been practicing law since 2003. She was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Castillo immigrated to the United States in 1982. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida in 2002. She passed the Florida Bar on her first attempt and was formally sworn in on May 5, 2003. Ms. Castillo is also a member of the Northern, Middle and Southern District Courts of Florida. In 2011, Ms. Castillo founded the Law Offices of Isabel Castillo, P.A., focusing on immigration law. Ms. Castillo focuses her practice on helping corporate clients seeking outstanding foreign employees as well as helping foreign investors get the appropriate type of visa to allow them to live and work in the United States. Ms. Castillo also assists clients seeking immigrant visas for themselves and for qualifying family members. She also assists individuals with their citizenship and naturalization. Ms. Castillo has served as an officer on the Board for the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and the South Palm Beach County Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.



Jill HansonJill Hanson has lived and practiced law in Palm Beach County for more than 30 years, and has been active in her community the entire time. She is president of the Board of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, and a member of the Palm Beach County Coalition for Immigrant Rights and of the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast chapter of the Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement, and also serves on the board of the ACLU of Palm Beach County.  She is active in PEACE (People Engaged in Active Community Endeavors) and is on its board as well. She was  president of the board of El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center, Inc., and one of the founding members of El Sol, which is named after her late husband, Sol Silverman. She has served as pro bono legal counsel to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee for over 20 years. She also is on the board of Pride Integrated Services, a not for profit organization. She was a founding member of the Florida Labor Management Conference and served on the board of directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. Ms. Hanson was recently honored with the Justice Jorge LaBarga award of the Hispanic Bar Association of Palm Beach County.  She is a past recipient of the Harriet Glasner Award of the American Civil Liberties Union of Palm Beach County, for her legal work on behalf of immigrants in the county, and was also named Volunteer Leader of the Year in 2009 by Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.



JosephsAileen Josephs has has been an immigration attorney in Palm Beach County for 20 years. She worked for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City and at Florida Rural Legal Services as an immigration attorney before opening her private immigration practice in 1995. She is co-chair of Florida Voices for Immigration Reform and has been the Honorary Consul of Guatemala in Palm Beach County since 2007. Born and raised in Mexico City, she earned a bachelor's degree cum laude with honors from Brandeis University and received her juris doctor degree from Boston College Law School. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Florida Bar Pro Bono award for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in 2005 for her working that included helping immigrant children file dependency petitions in juvenile court and obtain permanent legal resident status. She was the 2013 winner of Palm Beach State's Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award in the individual category. She has served on many boards, including the American Jewish Committee in Palm Beach County, the Latino and Latin American Institute of the American Jewish Committee and others. With the Center for International Migration and Integration (C.I.M.I.), she is promoting transnational projects for development with the South Florida Guatemalan Diaspora. She has worked tirelessly, to protect and safeguard the human and civil rights of immigrants.



Skolnick Jenifer Skolnick is a professor at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where she teaches English Composition, Contemporary Literature, American Literature, and Introduction to Literature. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, where her research focused on contemporary literary works that confront the struggle of identity development in restrictive social systems. She is also certified as an instructor of the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies Program.

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