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Dr. Ignacio Sánchez, president of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Foto courtesy of Drexel University College of Medicine. 

Dr. Ignacio Sánchez, president of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, will receive an honorary degree from Drexel University College of Medicine at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 18.

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Funny-guy John Leguizamo gets serious, talking politics and Perros

 09/25/2016 - 21:45
John Leguizamo. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DÍA News

On Sunday, September 25th 2016, Leguizamo came to Philadelphia with the Campaign for Hillary for America, in which he frantically zig-zagged through four events across the city that celebrated hispanidad to promote voter registration and the official launch of But, before he got to The Puerto Rican Day Parade, Festival El Coqui, Boricuafest, and Pennsylvania Victory, he spoke with AL DÍA, bluntly effusing about his political interests and his experience as a Latino in Hollywood.

Actress and advocate Diane Guerrero canvasses and gets candid in Philadelphia

 09/25/2016 - 20:22

Guerrero visited Equality Pennsylvania canvassers before they left to knock doors on September 24th 2016, and gave us an exclusive look into the work she has done and hopes to achieve beyond Orange Is The New Black and Jane The Virgin.

[OP-ED]: Lessons from Herodotus for U.S. Latinos: History indeed matters

 09/22/2016 - 09:59

This was the text of my introduction speech at the first annual “Latino History Awards Luncheon”, hosted by AL DIA News at the Union League Club of Philadelphia, on September 21st, 2016

~The Editor


The official recording of the science we now called History began 484 years before Jesus Christ.

Una Facultad de Medicina "Hispana"

 02/01/2017 - 15:45
Una Facultad de Medicina "Hispana"

Un matrimonio de la capital de Texas, Austin, donó hoy 25 millones de dólares a la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Texas (UT) en San Antonio, considerada una de las mejores para los latinos en Estados Unidos.

La pareja, Joe y Teresa Long, ya había realizado desde el año 1999 varias donaciones económicas a la institución educativa, que ha recibido un total de 61 millones de dólares de los Long, según informó hoy la facultad, que ha sido rebautizada con el nombre de los filántropos, en un comunicado.

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An Essential Latino: A furtive champion of the Irish immigrants in 19th Century U.S.

 09/22/2016 - 13:30

This cuban catholic priest saved many Irish immigrants, one person at a time, when they came here in the 19th Century, poor, hungry and undereducated, in no different fashion immigrants from Cuba, México and Puerto Rico may still come today.

“No single Latino left a greater imprint in 19th Century American culture than Varela.” ~Juan González, “Harvest of Empire”.

Un Latino Esencial: El campeón furtivo de los inmigrantes irlandeses de Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX

 09/22/2016 - 13:17

Este cura católico cubano salvó, uno a uno, a numerosos inmigrantes irlandeses que llegaron a los Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX en las mismas condiciones de pobreza, hambruna y falta de educación que llegan hoy muchos inmigrantes de Cuba, México y Puerto Rico. 

“No hay otro Latino que haya dejado huella más grande en la cultura norteamericana del siglo XIX que Varela” Juan González, Harvest of Empire (La cosecha del Imperio)

Rivera’s Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month

 09/22/2016 - 13:06
Pedro Rivera. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DÍA News

Celebrations are moments to hug each other and to enjoy. Paradoxically, they’re also moments to look at ourselves and evaluate our journey. One of the Hispanic community’s favorite sons, and a friend of Al Día’s, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, spoke with us in light of the Hispanic Heritage Month.

Pedro Rivera, for those who don’t know him or might not remember him, has been the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education since 2015. Rivera was named by governor Tom Wolf, who recognized his successful path as Superintendent of The School District of Lancaster.


Reflexiones de Rivera en el Mes de la Hispanidad

 09/22/2016 - 12:08

Las celebraciones son momentos para abrazarnos y gozar, y son también paradójicamente, momentos para mirarnos así mismos y evaluar el recorrido.  Uno de los hijos favoritos de la comunidad Hispana y amigo de este medio, el Secretario de Educación Pedro Rivera, conversó con AL DÍA con motivo del Mes de la Hispanidad.

Pedro Rivera, para quienes no lo saben o no lo recuerdan, es el Secretario de Educación de Pennsylvania desde 2015, nombrado por el gobernador Wolf entre otras razones gracias a su exitoso paso como director del Distrito Escolar de Lancaster. 


Panorama: El caso de la financiación equitativa para la educación pública

 09/19/2016 - 12:00

El martes 13 de septiembre la Corte Suprema de Pennsylvania se reunió en City Hall para decidir si consideraría un pleito que propone que el método actual de distribuir fondos para la educación viola la constitución estatal.

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Liliana Frankel

Explainer: Fair funding for public education goes to trial in Philadelphia

 09/16/2016 - 11:25

On Tuesday, September 13, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court convened in City Hall to decide whether it would hear a lawsuit arguing that the current method of funding education at the state level violates the state constitution. The decision has yet to be announced, but the wait time is a chance to look closely at the context of the case and try to understand what’s at stake for the community.


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Liliana Frankel