St. Joseph’s College will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 22 with an interactive Zoom webinar, featuring accomplished graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.
Miranda-Rodriguez is best known as the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and bestselling superhero series La Borinqueña that is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museums.
The graphic novel follows Marisol Rios de la Luz, a Columbia University Earth and Environmental Sciences student who gets powers by an ancient Taino goddess during a trip to Puerto Rico. She inspiringly changes the world as a superhero — and a typical college student — proving that you can create social change with or without superpowers.
Miranda-Rodriguez is also a featured storyteller in HBO’s documentary Habla Now, the latest installment of the award-winning “Habla” series. He is the recipient of the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic efforts, and is the creative director and owner of Somos Arte — a Brooklyn-based creative services studio.
Miranda-Rodriguez has worked with such notable clients as Atlantic Records, Columbia University, Sony Pictures and Marvel. He additionally is a curator of art exhibitions that produced three original Marvel comic book art exhibitions.
Each year during National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Student Life works with students to plan an event that focuses on a different aspect of Hispanic culture. Last year, students learned about the roots of Samba dances with a small group of musicians and dancers from Samba New York!, of Manhattan. The U.S. recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
Miranda-Rodriguez will host a conversation with the SJC community about his beloved character, La Borinqueña, during the Zoom webinar. SJC Brooklyn’s Council for the Arts and the Office for Student Involvement, Leadership and Intercultural Engagement are hosting the virtual event.