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Libraries Awarded "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" Grant

September 17, 2015
Eliseo Medina, left, and Dolores Huerta at a march. Chicago, Illinois, 1971.

Eliseo Medina, left, and Dolores Huerta at a march. Chicago, Illinois, 1971.

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.

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.

We are pleased to announce that the Libraries have received a competitive Latino Americans:  500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  The initiative was spearheaded by special projects librarian Nancy Kranich.

The $10,000 cash grant will support programming—including film screenings, exhibitions, book discussions, and performances—about Latino history and culture both at Rutgers and at public libraries in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark.

The purpose of the initiative is to increase awareness and foster understanding of New Jersey Latino history and culture among new audiences in the state. It will also demonstrate and expand the rich and long involvement of Rutgers with Latino scholarship and community engagement.  In conjunction with the programming activities, the Libraries will work in partnership with other New Jersey libraries to identify existing and future collections that document the New Jersey Latino experience.

The NEH-supported documentary film Latino Americans, created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station, will provide the foundation for the public programming. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to the present day.

The full schedule of events across participating organizations is available now.

“Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people nationally and 1.6 million in New Jersey.  Still, many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Krisellen Maloney, vice president for information services and university librarian. “I’m thrilled that the Rutgers University Libraries, in partnership with many campus units and public libraries in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark, have this opportunity to explore this topic in communities across New Jersey.”