CLC’s Cultural Thursday series returns Sept. 3

Retired CLC Spanish and Latin American Studies Instructor Jan Kurtz will guide a Cultural Thursday webinar on Sept. 3. Submitted Photo

Central Lakes College will kick off the 24th season of its Cultural Thursdays series at noon Thursday, Sept. 3, through a free webinar to commemorate National Hispanic Month. Speaking will be the event’s founder, Jan Kurtz, a retired CLC Spanish and Latin American Studies instructor.

Kurtz will highlight the revelations, insights and added dimensions she gained when she learned a second language and began exploring the Spanish-speaking world. Through the virtue of being able to communicate in English and Spanish, Kurtz was able to further enhance intellectual and emotional perspectives, both her own and the perspectives of those with whom she interacts, through the crossing of borders into different cultural/linguistic worlds.

In Kurtz’s recently published book, “Northern Shores/ Southern Borders: Revelations of a Bilingual Life," she depicts how a Midwestern, monolingual life, where “pronouncing tortilla correctly made you bilingual and eating one made you multicultural," drastically changed after crossing the Mexican border at age 15.

From realizing that the dogs in Mexico understood more Spanish than she did, to her eye-opening shock when reading of kidnappings and government sponsored massacres in Guatemala - Spanish is the common thread. Kurtz connects our present day immigration policies and overall lack of understanding to the need for historical information and continued activism.

You can purchase the book from the CLC bookstore online: The author is donating proceeds to the Kurtz Spanish Scholarship Fund at the CLC Foundation.


Register in advance for this webinar: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information on this event or the Cultural Thursdays Series, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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