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Latino Americans — 500 Years of History

Latino Americans LogoThe Jonathan Edwards Library is honored to have been awarded an NEH/ALA grant. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is a 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.

Next Up:

May 5 — Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco blanco
12:15pm – 2:00pm
BCC’s Boland Theatre
Free. All Welcome. Approved for FORUM credit.
Come and Hear Richard Blanco, the critically acclaimed poet and international author, present: Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard; the homebody or the world
traveler; the scared boy or the openly gay man; the engineer or the inaugural poet; Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that easily illuminates the human spirit. Known as a dynamic motivational speaker and captivating storyteller, Blanco invites his audience to see themselves in his poetry and prose.

Click here for the Media Advisory.

To read the poem Blanco wrote for Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration, click here.

To read an article from Berkshire On Stage and Screen, click here.

 


 

EVENTS SCHEDULE

September 2015

September 23 — Film Screening
12:15pm – 1:15pm, Jonathan Edwards Library
Screening of The New Latinos segment from the PBS/NEH Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. There will be refreshments. Open to the general public.

September 25 — Book Club
2pm – 3pm, Jonathan Edwards Library
Book Club Reading Group. The book, How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed. Refreshments served. Book provided free, but please call ahead as space is limited — 413-236-2150 or khubbard@berkshirecc.edu.

October 2015 

October 1 — Film Screening & Ice Cream Social
3pm – 5pm, Jonathan Edwards Library
There will be a Cuban film screening and ice cream social. FREE. RSVP suggested — 413-236-2150 or khubbard@berkshirecc.edu.

October 7 — Come Meet BCC's Soccer Team!  
12:15pm – 1pm, Jonathan Edwards Library Reference Area  
Did you know BCC’s very own winning soccer team, the Falcons, has an international roster of superb players?  Come and meet our team members and hear their soccer stories in the Library. Light refreshments will be available. Approved for FORUM credit.

October 9 — BCC’s Soccer Team Plays UMASS   
6:30pm, Paterson Soccer Field      
Come out and cheer for the BCC Falcons in their game against UMASS. BCC will be providing wrist bands from the country of origin of our soccer stars for you to wear and cheer them on. Hot chocolate will be provided free of charge for students.

October 9 — Book Club
2pm – 3pm, Jonathan Edwards Library
Book Club Reading Group. The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed. Refreshments served. 

October 20 — Cuban Luncheon Sampler
11:30am – 1:00pm, BCC Cafeteria
In celebration of the recently restored diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Come and taste a sample of Cuba’s rich flavors through a special menu item at the steamline. We will be screening selections from the NEH/PBS film, Latino Americans:  500 Years of History.

October 23 — Book Club
2pm – 3pm, Jonathan Edwards Library 
Book Club Reading Group. The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed. Refreshments served. 

November 2015 

November 6 — Book Club
2pm – 3pm, Jonathan Edwards Library
Book Club Reading Group. The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed. Refreshments served.

November 9 —  Screening & Guest Lecturer
3pm – 5pm, K-111; Guest Lecturer: Dr. Leyla Rouhi, Williams College
Screening of the Empire of Dreams segment from the PBS/NEH documentary, from the Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. with a presentation and discussion led by award winning faculty, Dr. Leyla Rouhi from Williams College. Dr. Rouhi will focus on themes of memory, heritage and the intersection and formation of cultural identities. She will examine the lasting impact of American culture and democracy on the idea of national liberation and identity for Latino writers. Discussion will include themes of memory heritage and the intersection and formation of cultural identities. Reception follows. Open to the general public. Approved for FORUM credit.

December 2015 

December 1 — Film Screening
12:15pm – 1:30pm, Jonathan Edwards Library 
Screening of the Prejudice and Pride segment from the PBS/NEH documentary, from the Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. There will be refreshments. People are welcome to stay for discussion of issues of acceptance and exclusion experienced by Latinos in New England. Open to the general public. Approved for FORUM credit.

February 2016 

February 23  — Panel Discussion & Film
1:15pm – 3:30pm, Boland Theater; Guest Lecturer: Dr. Mariana Bolivar, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  Screening of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans segment, Peril and Promise followed by a scholar-led panel discussion with Dr. Mariana Bolivar from MCLA, State Senator Ben Downing, elected officials, local educators, cultural leaders and students. Dr. Bolivar will focus on how public education, and in particular, public higher education can address the needs of Berkshire County’s growing Latino community, what cross-cultural pathways can we foster that will benefit all students in Berkshire County, at BCC and at MCLA? Open to the general public. Approved for FORUM credit.  

April 2016 

April 9 — Bus Trip to New York City
ALL DAY
Bus Trip to New York City to visit El Museo del Barrio, The Hispanic Society and other sites relevant to Latino History, led by Dr. Bolivar. While travelling, we will repeat screenings of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans, in particular the segment, Peril and Promise. Limited seating for non-students. Approved for FORUM credit.

April 2016, Date TBA — Poetry Event
Time TBA, BCC South County Center
Tied to readings of Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco's poetry, we will host a presentation of student writing/work inspired by Blanco's poems. Student work will be considered for inclusion in the BCC Oral History Project.

May 2016

May 5 — Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco
12:15pm – 2:00pm
Inaugural poet and author Richard Blanco comes to Berkshire Community College.

 


 

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.