Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

On Apr. 17th, 2 PM at Headquarters Library, Dr. Vilma Fuentes, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Santa Fe College, leads the screening and discussion of Latino Americans, Episode 6: Peril & Promise (1980-2000). 

The film examines the changing nature of the Latino Diaspora. The Mariel exodus floods Miami and the sudden arrival of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans fleeing bloodshed and death squads generates a backlash of tightened borders, anti-bilingualism and anti-immigrant state laws. But a sea of change is underway as Latinos spread geographically and make their mark in music, sports, politics, business and education.

This is part of the series featuring the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) supported documentary film that was created for the Public Broadcasting Service in 2013 by WETA Public television Station. The series includes public film screenings, scholar-led discussion groups and poster exhibitions made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association and is co-sponsored by Santa Fe College. This award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. 

The series started Sep. 16th, at SFC Fine Arts Hall and continues through Apr. 17th, with programs at SFC, Headquarters Library and Millhopper LIbrary.

Sep. 19th, 11 AM at Headquarters Library, Dr. Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, Professor of Latin American and U.S. Latino Literature at the University of New Mexico and the University of Iowa, discussed his recently published book, One Day I'll Tell You What I've Seen, which highlights accounts of Latino immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexican border.

Sep. 27th, 2 PM at Millhopper Library, Dr. Bill Little, Professor of Romance Languages and Latin American Literature at Santa Fe College, led a screening and discussion of Latino Americans,Episode 1: Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880). The film examines conflicts between the British and Spanish colonial systems as Manifest Destiny pushed the U.S into the Mexican territories of the South West, and the Mexican American War; learn how conquest, shifting borders and dispossession shaped Hispano culture and identity in former Mexican territories of the Southwestern United States.

Nov. 15th, 2 PM, at Headquarters Library Dr. Paul Ortiz, Professor of History and Director of the Oral Histories Project at the University of Florida led the screening and discussion of Latino Americans, Episode 3, War and Peace (1942-1954).  World War II was a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces, fighting alongside with Anglo Americans. This experience engaged Latinos in the fight for civil rights at home.

On Jan. 24th, 2 PM at Headquarters Library, Dr. David Tegeder, chair Social and Behavioral Sciences at Santa Fe College, led the screening and discussion of Latino Americans, Episode 5, Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980). The film examines the 1960s and 1970s and how a generation of Mexican Americans found a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new "Chicano" identity.

Posted by NickieK on March 23, 2016