Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

AADL in partnership with the University of Michigan, Department of American Culture, Latina/o Studies Program, has been selected as a grant recipient for 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), is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

The program is designed for libraries, museums, community arts and cultural organizations, historical societies, public television station affiliates, state humanities councils and others that seek to facilitate informed discussion in their communities about Latino history and culture. This project will feature the PBS documentary series Latino Americans, a production of WETA Washington, DC; Bosch and Co., Inc.; and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), as a public programming cornerstone.

The series explores 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.

Films in the series will be screened from January – March on selected Mondays (English version) and Wednesdays (Spanish version), with discussions to follow led by University of Michigan faculty from the School of Literature, Science & Arts, Department of American Culture Latina/o Studies.

The goals of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History are:

  • to bring scholarship on Latino American histories and cultures to new audiences;
  • to engage people in examining and documenting the histories of Latino Americans in their communities; and
  • to foster understanding of local histories in regional, national and international contexts.

Tumbao Bravo: Opening Concert For The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Series

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:00pm - 8:00pm: Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Film & Discussion Part 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land

Monday, January 18, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in English): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in Spanish): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Film & Discussion Part 2: Empire of Dreams

Monday, January 25, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in English): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in Spanish): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Film & Discussion Part 3: War And Peace

Monday, February 1, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in English): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Monday, February 8, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in Spanish): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Film & Discussion Part 4: The New Latinos

Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in English): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in Spanish): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016: "The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel" by Cristina Henriquez

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016 Author Event: Cristina Henriquez, Author of "The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel"

Tuesday February 23, 2016: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College

"The Book of Unknown Americans" on Tumblr

Film & Discussion Part 5: Prejudice and Pride

Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in English): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in Spanish): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Film & Discussion Part 6: Peril and Promise

Monday, March 21, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in English): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (presented in Spanish): Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room