Part of learning another language is learning to make the connections between the language and culture you are learning about and how they connect to your own life in the world outside the classroom.
This presentation asks students to become familiar with famous people who have shaped and/or are presently shaping the target cultures. Often they find people familiar to them who are of Spanish speaking heritage. *I tell them born and/or raised in a Spanish-speaking country as a guideline for acceptable famous people.
I had every level student do this bi-weekly (so the dates are predictable).