CLC announces Cultural Thursday event

Speaking at noon on Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Chalberg Theatre at CLC’s Brainerd campus

Oscar Gonzalez

In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, Oscar Gonzalez will speak about Puerto Rico at noon on Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College’s Brainerd campus.

Gonzalez, a Brainerd resident, will share about what it was like to grow up in Puerto Rico and move to the mainland United States as a young man, as well as his impressions regarding ongoing issues and current events.

Gonzalez was born and raised in Eneas, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. He graduated high school in 1994 and moved to the United States in 1996. He started his new venture in Chicago for nine months and then moved to Brainerd in the winter of 1996. After 18 months, Oscar moved to Camden, New Jersey for roughly a year to be with family and to work, as it was extremely difficult to find employment in Brainerd.

He married Michelle in 2000, and they have one daughter, Talina. He has worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor, roofer, labor worker and most recently a dance instructor and owner of Spirit Movement Dance Studio. He is also a barber at the Men’s Room in Brainerd.

For questions on this Cultural Thursday presentation or the Cultural Thursdays series, contact coordinator Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.


Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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