Argentine American Author to Present Lecture on the Heritage and Contributions of the Hispanic Population in the United States

Hodges University News

In partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning and the Hispanic Institute, Hodges University is presenting The Hispanic Threads in the Tapestry of the United States by Luis Alberto Ambroggio on January 24, 2017.

Presenting his latest book, “Estados Unidos Hispano,” Ambroggio will discuss the Hispanic heritage found in the United States, which includes the contributions of the Hispanic population in areas such as government and literature, as well as the importance of bilingualism in today’s society. Believing in the importance of this information, Ambroggio explains, “These facts should be known by all, both Hispanics and non-Hispanics, because it is our history.”

“In writing the book, I felt the need to share the amazing discoveries of this element of our American nationality. There are fascinating historical facts, as well as information on how and why our creator Thomas Jefferson learned Spanish and even forced his daughters and other acquaintances to learn the Spanish language. These unknown and astonishing historical realities and statistics must be known by all who truly want to master what the United States' past, present and future is all about,” said Ambroggio.

Introducing Ambroggio at the event will be Jesse Purdon, deputy district director of the United States House of Representatives. As a first generation American, he is a significant political figure in Southwest Florida, working for Congressman Curt Clawson for three years. Purdon is a member of Hodges’ Hispanic Institute Advisory Board, as well as the Hispanic American Business Alliance.

This event is free and open to the public, and it will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the John White Community Room on the Naples campus, which is located at 2647 Professional Way, Naples, FL 34119.

For more information, contact April May at or (239) 598-6153. You may also visit to learn more about the Hispanic Institute and its available programs.

About the Hispanic Institute:
The mission of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University is to strengthen the awareness, understanding and impact of Hispanic culture. Goals of the Hispanic Institute include enhancing university and community awareness of the role of the Hispanic Institute; sensitizing employees to Hispanic cultures to better facilitate service, teaching and learning; identifying and finding solutions to the needs of Hispanics within the university and the community; and creating national and international partnerships with educational institutions and organizations.

About the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning:
Hodges University's Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning was established in 1996 by the university and local leaders as the first lifelong learning program in Collier County. The CLL provides quality year-round educational programs for adults in the community.

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