Latino Americans: Undocumented Activism in the U.S.

September 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Latino Americans: Undocumented Activism in the U.S.

trailOn Tuesday, September 29 come and hear Carlos Roa speak on Latino Americans: Undocumented Activism in the U.S. Carlos is a 5th year architecture student at Illinois Tech and his presentation will focus on the undocumented immigrant experience and his journey as a student activist. In 2010, Carlos walked 1,500 miles – from Miami to Washington, DC along with three other immigrant activists – to call attention for immigrants’ rights and to put pressure on the Obama administration to stop the separation of families and the deportations of young immigrants who would be eligible for the DREAM Act. Now at IIT, Carlos continues his advocacy for undocumented immigrants at the state and federal levels.

Carlos will speak at 1:00 p.m. in the MTCC ballroom with a Latino-inspired lunch that starts at 12:45 p.m. Please let us know if you plan to attend so there’s enough food and beverages. This event is open to the Illinois Tech community, and friends of IIT.

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. Galvin Library was one of 203 institutions nationwide receiving the NEH/ALA programming grant. Follow our Twitter  (@GalvinLibrary) and Facebook accounts, as well as this blog and IIT Today for additional programming throughout the year. Future programming will be based on various episodes of the PBS 6-hour series Latino Americans, and all episodes can be viewed online or check out the DVD from our collection.

 

 

NEH/ALA Grant Awarded to Celebrate Latino American History

June 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on NEH/ALA Grant Awarded to Celebrate Latino American History

Latino Americans_imageGalvin Library has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Galvin Library will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, lectures, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, or performances — about Latino history and culture.

We will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the 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 at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)

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 opportunity to explore this history.

Events will be promoted in IIT Today, or follow Galvin Library on our blog , on twitter @GalvinLibrary or on FaceBook for more information. The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. View a full list of the recipients.

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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