UALR: Public invited to Latino history sessions

Latino history will be in the spotlight as part of free public events organized by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Center for Arkansas History and Culture and partner organizations.

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a special project of the 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 the United States.

The program is 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.

As part of the project, members of the public are invited to screenings of the documentary as well as community discussions led by Chelsea Halstead and UALR-affiliated speakers. Halstead heads the Family Advocacy Program at the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, an organization working to end migrant death and related suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The activities kick off during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs September 15-October 15 this year.

In addition to Halstead’s discussion of the human rights crisis on the Mexico border, community conversation topics will include: expansionism, Manifest Destiny, the Wild West, multiple wars Mexican-American, Spanish-American and World War II, the rise of organized labor, the Great Depression, the post-World War II boom, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, globalization, and the effects of technology.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). 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 now on ualr.edu/cahc/la500/la500-registration.

For more information about the project and scheduled activities visit: ualr.edu/cahc/la500 or hola-arkansas.com

 

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