Celebrations & Activities

At Lake Land College, Lakers Celebrate Together! In that spirit, here are some of our current and past celebrations! Is something missing? Let us know at idec@lakelandcollege.edu!

Temple Grandin at Lake Land College

Welcome Dr. Temple Grandin to Lake Land College on October 12 at 6 p.m. in Webb Hall, room 081

We are excited to share that Dr. Temple Grandin, an American academic and animal behaviorist, consultant to the livestock industry, and an autism spokesperson, will be coming to Lake Land College on October 12 at 6 p.m.

She will be speaking at a ticketed event in the LSC Theater however the presentation will be livestreamed for FREE for current students in Webb 081 at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12 as well. Students will then be able to take part in a meet-and-greet after the presentation where Dr. Grandin will be signing autographs and such. Refreshments will also be available for students in Webb Hall, room 081.

Dr. Grandin was the subject of the 2010 film “Temple Grandin” wherein she was portrayed by actress Claire Danes. The award-winning film (including seven Primetime Emmy Awards) is now available to view free of charge to all Lake Land College students, faculty and staff through the Lake Land College Library. You can access the film through Swank on the Library Website.

Campus Read 2023-24: Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong

“To my younger self and all the disabled kids today who can’t imagine their futures. The world is ours, and this is for all of us.” – Alice Wong

What is a disability? What does having a disability mean to the one in five people in the United States who have one or several?

The seventeen eye-opening essays in Disability Visibility, all written by disabled people, offer keen insight into the complex and rich disability experience, examining life’s ableism and inequality, its challenges and losses, its wisdom, passion, and joy.

The accounts in this collection ask readers to think about disabled people not as individuals who need to be “fixed,” but as members of a community with its own history, culture, and movements. They offer diverse perspectives that speak to past, present, and future generations. It is essential reading for all.

Alice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist, writer, media maker, and consultant. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. Alice is the editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, an anthology of essays by disabled people and Disability Visibility: 17 First-Person Stories for Today, an adapted version for young adults. Her debut memoir, Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life is available now from Vintage Books. Disability Intimacy, her next anthology, will be out in 2024. Find her on Twitter: @SFdirewolf.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

A graphic banner that has a variety of Hispanic flags surrounding the text "National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15".

Each year, we recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, “Día de la Raza”, which is October 9, falls within this 30 day period.

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a special presentation of the film Sorolla on OCTOBER 5 at 11 a.m. in the Luther Student Center Theater. Spanish Instructor Casey Reynolds will introduce the film and share firsthand knowledge and experience from time he spent in Spain!

Learn about more celebrations throughout the country at the National Hispanic Heritage Month website.

2023 Celebrations