UC Riverside Library Awarded Grant to Participate in the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Initiative

Series of free events open to the public, scheduled for 2015-2016 year

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside Library received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History initiative.

The grant seeks to familiarize the public with the people, places, history and contributions of Latino Americans in the United States. Through the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History public programs grant and its partners, the UCR Library will showcase a host of events that include film screenings, presentations from UCR scholars, dramatic readings, and performances. All programs will be free and open to the public, and take place between now and June 30.

“The UCR Library is honored to have received the LA 500 grant,” said University Librarian Steve Mandeville-Gamble. “The grant and its associated programming will help the UCR community highlight the significant contributions of Latino Americans to the national story from the local, Southern California perspective. The Library is dedicated to forging partnerships across the region to ensure the preservation and celebration our region’s diverse cultures and history. Receiving this grant is an important part of making that goal a reality.”

Schedule of events – date, time and location are subject to change.

  • Friday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Screening of episode 1 of Latino Americans documentary, “Foreigners in Their Own Land” in UCR’s HUB 355. Discussion by Carlos Cortés, UCR Professor Emeritus of History.
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 5-7 p.m. – Screening of episode 1 of Latino Americans documentary, “Foreigners in Their Own Land” at the Riverside Public Library, Main Branch. Discussion by Carlos Cortés, UCR Professor Emeritus of History.
  • Friday, Nov. 20, 4:30-6 p.m. – Performance of a one-man play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Cultural Rite of Passage, in UCR’s HUB 302-South. The play is performed by the author and playwright, Carlos Cortés, UCR Professor Emeritus of History.
  • Thursday, Dec. 3, 4-6:30 p.m. – Screening of episode 1 of Latino Americans documentary, “Foreigners in Their Own Land” at the Riverside Public Library, Arlington Branch. Discussion by Carlos Cortés, UCR Professor Emeritus of History.
  • Saturday, February 13, 2016, 10-11 a.m. – Lecture and workshop on the Latino American Studies Resources at UCR’s Tomás Rivera Library. Lecture provided by Rhonda Neugebauer, UCR Library Latin American and Iberian Studies Bibliographer.
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7-9 p.m. – Tiffany Ana Lopez, UCR Professor of Theatre and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair, will do a dramatic reading from Tomás Rivera’s novel, And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, at the Culver Center for the Arts.
  • Friday, April 8, 2016, 12-2:30 p.m. – Screening of episode 5 of Latino Americans documentary, “Prejudice and Pride” at UCR’s HUB 355. Discussion by Jennifer Nájera, UCR Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies.
  • Friday, May 6, 2016, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Screening of episode 6 of Latino Americans documentary, “Peril and Promise” in UCR’s HUB 355. Discussion by Jonathan Ritter, Director of UCR Latin American Studies Program.
  • Thursday, May 12, 2016, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Screening of episode 6 of Latino Americans documentary, “Peril and Promise” in the Riverside Public Library, Orange Terrace Branch. Discussion by Jonathan Ritter, Director of UCR Latin American Studies Program.
  • Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12-2:30 p.m. – Screening of episode 6 of Latino Americans documentary, “Peril and Promise” in the Riverside Public Library, La Sierra Branch. Discussion by Jonathan Ritter, Director of UCR Latin American Studies Program.
  • Friday, June 3, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m. – Closing reception for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties in downtown Riverside. Includes a showcase of Trujillo-Adobe, a structure in one of the earliest community settlements in Riverside County. The presentation will be conducted by the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation.

UCR has partnered with UC Riverside Chicano Student Programs, the Riverside Public Library, the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, and the Riverside Community College District’s Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties.

For additional information about the UCR Library’s involvement in this initiative, please contact Anthony Sanchez, Program Director, at anthony.sanchez@ucr.edu or Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Assistant Program Director, at melissa.cardenas-dow@ucr.edu.

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