On April 15, 2016, CCSU will host a screening and discussion of the final episode in the six-part PBS series Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The series is the cornerstone of a wider national exploration of the rich and varied Latino experience across American history, which will include festivals, the collection of oral histories, facilitation of informed discussions, and other public events about Latino American history and culture.
According to a press release from the NEH: “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will extend the reach of this important film series and help foster broader understanding of the complex and often overlooked history of one of the largest segments of our population,” said NEH Chairman William Adams. “We are pleased to be able to give so many communities the opportunity to see and engage meaningfully with this landmark documentary.”
CCSU’s Dr. Heather Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Latin American Studies Minor Program, was awarded an NEH grant to host the documentary series and discussions in addition to guest scholar analyses of the work of Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín. This post will be updated in advance of each event with more specific event information.