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Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Poster for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month? If so, the Henry Madden Library is proud to announce that Librarian Vang Vang was one of three Fresno State participants to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to present “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” produced by the NEH and the ALA, is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group.

The grant funds several events, beginning with the free public screening of the documentary, “Foreigners in Their Own Land,” from 6–8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Arte Américas in downtown Fresno (1630 Van Ness Ave.). A scholarly discussion will follow with Dr. Maria-Aparecida Lopes, Chair of the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies.

In November, Jennifer Crow (Curator of the Madden Library’s Arne Nixon Center) will talk on “Des Colores: A Mosaic of Latino Children’s Literature.

In spring 2016, the Tulare County Museum will host a second free public screening of the documentary with a scholarly discussion to follow by Dr. Andrea Johnson from the History Department, and during Vintage Days, Los Danzantes de Aztlan will perform.

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