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Mary and Jeff Bell Library Selected to Receive ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ Grant

September 14, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is one of 203 grant recipients from across the nation which were selected to receive a competitive grant to help fund public programming to support 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. These events will take place during the campus wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. For a full list of campus events, go to http://hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu/.

The grant, titled Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” is given by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). They awarded the Bell Library a $3,000 grant to hold four new events, which are free and open to the public.

“We are very pleased to have been selected to receive the grant and are excited to be able to host these programs,” said Jennifer Anderson, Marketing/User Engagement Librarian. “We hope that these programs will engage our campus and the wider Coastal Bend community, creating collaborations that explore our community’s rich and varied Latin American history.”

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, is part of an NEH initiative, “The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.”

The Bell Library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century through the present day.

The four free events are focused around film screenings of the “Latino Americans” history series or local art exhibits. Discussions led by TAMU-CC professors will take place at each event. Refreshments will be served.

The events are:

• Tuesday, Sept. 22: Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565-1880) – The Mary and Jeff Bell Library and the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center will host a viewing of the first episode of “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” at 6 p.m. at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, 2021 Agnes Street. Kelly Bezio, Assistant Professor of English at TAMU-CC, will lead participants in an engaging discussion after the film. Gallery exhibition will follow.

 Wednesday, Sept. 30: War and Peace (1942-1954) – The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will host a viewing of the third episode of “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” at 4 p.m. in Anchor Ballroom D. Dr. Anthony Quiroz, Professor of History at TAMU-CC, will introduce the historical and cultural significance of the episode and lead a discussion after the showing.

 Tuesday, Oct. 6: The New Latinos (1946 – 1965) - The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will host a viewing of the fourth episode of “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” at 6 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom D. Dr. Claudia Rueda, Assistant Professor of History at TAMU-CC, will explore the rich history of Corpus Christi’s role in the struggle for civil rights.

 Friday, Oct. 2: “Chicanitas” in South Texas-Art Collection Tour - Dr. Carey Rote, Professor of Art at TAMU-CC, will lead a tour of Cheech Marin’s “Chicanitas” exhibit at the Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd, at 6 p.m. These small paintings explore the unique identities of Mexican Americans based upon the environmental, social and intellectual factors that impact upon their world.