Campus Events for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

September 29, 2015 at 3:02 am | Posted in news | Comments Off on Campus Events for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

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Galvin Library has scheduled events associated with Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The library received the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans” that was created for PBS in 2013 by WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. Learn more about the series and watch all 6 episodes online.

Programs are being planned for the fall and spring semesters with a variety of speakers from the IIT community and beyond. The Latino Americans funding will enable Galvin Library to focus on our own campus diversity while also exploring the Latino neighborhoods in Chicago. Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and Galvin Library wants to increase community awareness of the rich and varied history and culture with this grant opportunity.

  • On Wednesday, November 4 Latino Americans: The Chicago Story will be presented by Dr. Peter T. Alter, Director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History at the Chicago History Museum. Dr. Alter’s presentation will place Latino Americans: 500 Years of History squarely in the Chicago context. Today, Chicago’s Latino community ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Yet, popular memory often overlooks the city’s place in Latino history. He will draw upon his extensive research in Chicago’s Mexican and Mexican-American communities and place this local history in a national context. A reception featuring Latino-inspired food and beverages will be held before the lecture. Attendees are encouraged to view Episode 4 and Episode 5 of the PBS Latino Americans series. View online or check out our DVD copy.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium
    Please let us know you’re coming, but there will be space for all who wish to attend.
  • On Tuesday, February 9th Dr. Margaret Power, chair, Department of Humanities, IIT Lewis College of Human Sciences will speak on Empire of Dreams and Nightmares. Dr. Power’s presentation will discuss Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican immigration to the United States from the late 1800s to the 1940s. She will connect the conditions and political realities of revolutionary and post-revolutionary Mexico, dictatorial Cuba, and colonial Puerto Rico to these people’s decision to come to the United States. She will explore what factors motivated these people to come to the United States, how they responded to their new situation, the challenges they confronted, and the movements they organized.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium
  • On Tuesday, March 8th, Teresa Moreno, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago will speak on Women and Protest Movements. Teresa will focus on the ways in which women are central to organizing in communities, as well as lead a discussion of some of the prominent female figures within these movements. She also plans to engage conversation about the ways in which the most notable historical moments, and memories of those involved in protest movements, can be gendered or racialized.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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