On Tuesday, February 9 at Morrisson-Reeves Library (5:30 in the Bard Room), students and the Richmond community will have an opportunity to see episode 5, Prejudice and Pride, of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History film series, continuing the yearlong program of cultural conversation that started last September. Latin American food will be available, and students in Spanish courses at IU East will lead a discussion after the film. Prejudice and Pride covers the period of the 1960s and 70s, focusing on Latino activism and the formation of modern Chicano identity. If you can’t attend, the video is also available online:
But these videos are just a starting point. There’s lots more to do and learn, whether for your classes or for yourself, and the library is eager to help. We have lots of databases dedicated to the study Latin American and Hispanic culture – Informe Revistas en Espanol, Latin American Women Writers, Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction, and Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 all offer high caliber information. And the library has plenty to supply for cultural study, as well, such as numerous Spanish-language films available for checkout.
But perhaps it is the themes and topics shown specifically in Prejudice and Pride that inspire you. Perhaps the bracero workers program stirs your interest – in addition to articles, books like Abrazando el Espíritu: Bracero Families Confront the US-Mexico Border by Ana Rosas and Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico by Deborah Cohen can expand what was shown in the film. Interested in the emergence of Chicano identity? Try books like Mi Raza Primero! (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966-1978 by Ernesto Chavez or Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies by Lee Bebout. And the film is packed with vibrant people and personalities who shaped the movement, such as César Chavez – learn more about him with books like César Chavez: Autobiography of La Causa by Jaques Levy or From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of César Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement by Matthew Garcia. There’s a lot more to be found for any topic!
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, is a public programming initiative produced and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) & the American Library Association.