UALR, Arkansas Arts Center showcased Latino history

In collaboration with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Arkansas Arts Center AAC  is hosting a free film series in six parts. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is a landmark documentary produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and exploring more than 500 years of history.

Each episode will be shown Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Lower Level Lecture Hall beginning October 18 with a special community discussion led by Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann, UALR associate professor of history and social studies education coordinator.

Latino history is highlighted as part of free public events organized by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Center for Arkansas History, the Arkansas Arts Center and partner organizations.

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a special project of the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, will use documentary films and community discussions to explore the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos who helped shape U.S. history.

Events are centered around “Latino Americans”, a six-episode award-winning documentary that chronicles Latinos in the U.S. from the 16th century to the present day. Members of the public are invited to screenings of the documentary as well as community discussions.

Hola! 439 LATINO AMERICANS 1Scheduled activities all begin at 2 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center located at 501 East 8th Street, Little Rock and include:

October 18: Community discussion and screening of “Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880),” the first episode, Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann, UALR associate professor of history and social studies education coordinator, will lead the discussion

October 25: Screening of “Empire of Dreams (1880-1942),” the second episode.

November 1: Screening of “War and Peace (1942-1954),” the third installment.

November 8: Screening of “The New Latinos (1946-1965),” the fourth episode.

November 15: Screening and community conversation, including the presentation of the fifth episode, “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)”; community discussion will be led by doctoral candidate and visiting assistant professor Edma Delgado-Solórzano of the UALR Department of International and Second Language Studies

November 22: Screening of “Peril and Promise (1980-2000),” the sixth and final installment of “Latino Americans”; community discussion to be led by Julian Calzada, vice president of the League for United Latin American Citizens Council 750.

UALR’s Department of International and Second Language Studies and its Office of Campus Life, as well as the Clinton School of Public Service and the Arkansas Arts Center also partnered with the Center for Arkansas History and Culture.

Registration for “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is open at

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