Latino Americans: 500 Years of Latin@ Americanidad
Exploring Latino American History and Culture in the Heartland
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has received a grant from the National Endowment from the Humanities (NEH) to produce public programming in connection with the 2013 PBS documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History during the month of April, 2016. In partnership with KU´s Libraries, the Tonantzin Society of Topeka and the Lawrence Public Library, CLACS will organize a number of public events including screenings of episodes of the documentary followed by discussion with leading scholars; a workshop for K-12 teachers; an exhibit on Latina/o history in Kansas at Watson Library; and public lectures by noted scholars Yajaira Padilla and Jeanette Rodríguez. The events will highlight the contributions of women and the importance of religion in Kansas Latina/o communities, with particular focus on the figure of the Virgin of Guadalupe. All events and exhibits will be free and open to the public.
Through these events, we hope to bring visibility to the Latino experience, educate our communities, and create new knowledge about the Latino American cultural, political, and social history with a special focus on Kansas and the region.
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.