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ALA Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Grant

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Rod Library has received:

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ALA Latino Americans: 500 years of History grant (July 2015-June 2016)

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural organizations, will support 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.

The Rod Library, along with a number of other campus and community organizations, will be hosting a year long series of events celebrating Latino American culture and contributions in the United States. 

Programming

  • July 1, 2015- June 2016 Tu Historia: Latino Americans in Iowa
    • Share your stories. The Rod Library is creating an online collection of the experiences of Latino Americans in Iowa. If you're interested in participating in our oral history project, contact Jess Cruz at jessica.cruz@uni.edu or 319-273-1495 or Juan Carlos Castillo at juan.castillo@uni.edu or 319-273- 6200 or Ivonne Cuadra at ivonne.cuadra@uni.edu or 319-273-2715
  • February 13, 2016
    • Episode # 3: War and Peace (1942-1954) & film discussion by Bob Neymeyer, Ph. D, Historian , Grout Museum District- Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum @ 11am- Updated!
  • February 22, 2016 
    • Episode # 5: Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980) & film discussion by Fernando Herrera-Calderon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UNI Department of History- Cedar Falls Public Library @ 7 pm
  • February 26, 2016
    • Kid's reading day at the Waterloo Public Library from 2-4pm. Join us for a day of activities and fun for kids and families. This event offers family members of all ages a chance to explore the rich Latino culture through traditional crafting projects and a snack. The first 100 children in attendance will receive a free book!
  • March 21, 2016
    • Episode # 6: Peril and Promise (1980-2000) & film discussion by Elise DuBord, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UNI Department of Languages and Literature- Center for Multicultural Education, UNI Campus @ 7 pm
  • March 1, 2016-April 8, 2016
  • March 24, 2016 - April 19, 2016
    • Latino Families art exhibit- UNI Gallery of Art, UNI campus
  • April 11, 2016
    • Sonia Nazario author of Enrique's Journey visit- UNI Campus, Lang Hall Auditorium @7 pm. This is free and open to the public.
  • April 15, 2016
    • Film: Which Way Home - Hawkeye Community College, Black Hawk Hall Room 225 from 12-2pm. This is free and open to the public.  
  • April 30, 2016
    • Cedar Falls Public Library children's event
    • Fiesta de Mayo- RiverLoop EXPO Plaza, Waterloo  

Rod Library presenta:

Latino Americanos: 500 Años de Historia : Un compromiso de un año para celebrar la experiencia americana de los latinos

  • 13 Febrero 2016
    • Episodio 3: Guerra y Paz (1942-1954), y discusión de la película por Bob Neymeyer, historiador, Grout Museum District- 7 p.m., Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.
  • 22 Febrero 2016
    • Episodio 5: Prejuicio y Orgullo (1965-1980), y discusión de la película por Fernando Herrera-Calderón, Profesor Asistente, Departamento de Historia, UNI, 7 p.m., Cedar Falls Public Library.
  • 26 Febrero 2016
    • Día de lectura infantil en la Waterloo Public Library, 2-4 pm. Vengan a pasar un día de actividades y diversión para niños y familias.
  • 21 Marzo 2016
    • Episodio 6: Peligro y Promesa (1980-2000), y discusión de la película por Elise Dubord, Profesora Asistente, Departamento de Lenguas y Literaturas, UNI, 7 p.m., Center for Multicultural Education, UNI.
  • 1 Marzo - 8 Abril 2016
    • Lectura comunitaria: Enrique’s Journey, de Sonia Nazario.
  • 24 Marzo – 19 Abril 2016
    • Exhibición de arte de familias latinas, con obras de estudiantes de escuelas elementales locales. UNI Gallery of Art.
  • 11 Abril 2016
    • Visita de Sonia Nazario, atuora de La Travesia de Enrique, UNI, 7 p.m., Lang Hall Auditorium, UNI.
  • 30 Abril 2016
    • Evento infantil en la Cedar Falls Public Library, incluyendo lecturas y actividades familiares.
    • Fiesta de Mayo – RiverLoop EXPO Plaza, Waterloo

    Latino Americanos: 500 Años de Historia ha sido posible gracias a una beca del National Endowment for the Humanities y la American Library Association.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is funded by the NEH and ALA and is a part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

UNI Partners

  • Center for Multicultural Education

  • Dept. of Languages and Literatures (Dr. Jennifer Cooley, Associate Dept. Head)

  • Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration (Dr. Mark Grey, Director)

  • Iowa Center on Health Disparities (Dr. Michele Devlin, Director)

  • UNI Art Gallery (Darrell Taylor, MFA, Director)

  • UNI Museum (Nathan Arndt, MA, Curator)

 

Community Partners

 

  • Cedar Falls Public Library

  • Grout Museum District

  • Waterloo Center for the Arts

  • Waterloo Public Library

  • YWCA of Black Hawk County

Community Read Feedback 

Enrique's Journey Poster

Enrique's Journey

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.” Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview and more, this is a classic of contemporary America.

Book Website

Locations

University Book & Supply, Conference Room
Date Time Discussion Topic
Tuesday, March 1 9:30-10:30am Map & Chapter 1 (Reader's Guide)
Tuesday, March 8 9:30-10:30am Chapters 2-3 (Reader's Guide
Tuesday, March 22 9:30-10:30am Chapters 4-6 (Reader's Guide)
Tuesday, March 29 9:30-10:30am Chapters 7-8 (Reader's Guide)
Tuesday, April 5 9:30-10:30am Afterwards, Epilogue & Notes (Reader's Guide)
UNI Rod Library, Room 378
Date Time Discussion Topic
Thursday, March 3 12:00-1:00 pm Map & Chapter 1 (Reader's Guide)
Thursday, March 10 12:00-1:00 pm Chapters 2-3 (Reader's Guide
Thursday, March 24 12:00-1:00 pm Chapters 4-6 (Reader's Guide)
Thursday, March 31 12:00-1:00 pm Chapters 7-8 (Reader's Guide)
Thursday, April 7 12:00-1:00 pm Afterwards, Epilogue & Notes (Reader's Guide)
Waterloo Public Library, Meeting Room A/B
Date Time Discussion Topic
Thursday, March 3 7:00-8:00 pm Map & Chapter 1 (Reader's Guide)
Thursday, March 10 7:00-8:00 pm Chapters 2-3 (Reader's Guide
Thursday, March 24 7:00-8:00 pm Chapters 4-6 (Reader's Guide)
Thursday, March 31 7:00-8:00 pm Chapters 7-8 (Reader's Guide)
Thursday, April 7 7:00-8:00 pm Afterwards, Epilogue & Notes (Reader's Guide)
Metro Hawkeye, Room A (Language: Spanish)
Date Time Discussion Topic
Friday, March 25 9:00-10:00 am *time change Beginning-Chapter 3
Friday, April 1 9:00-10:00 am *time change Chapters 4-6
Friday, April 8 9:00-10:00 am *time change Chapter 7-Afterward
Hawkeye Community College, Black Hawk Hall Room 239
Date Time Discussion Topic
Friday, March 25 12:00-1:00 pm Beginning-Chapter 3
Friday, April 1 12:00-1:00 pm Chapters 4-6
Friday, April 8 12:00-1:00 pm Chapter 7-Afterward

Author Visit ~ Sonia Nazario  

Sonia Nazario

  • April 11, 2016 - UNI Campus, Lang Hall Auditorium @7 pm
    • Sonia Nazario will discuss her book, Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother. This is free and open to the public. Learn more about the author on the book website.  
      • University Sponsors- University of Northern Iowa: College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Center for Multicultural Education, Department of Languages and Literatures, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Rod Library and Sigma Delta Pi.  
      • Other Sponsors: Dr. H.S. Reninger Endowed Lecture Series and made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. 

 

Other Related Events

  • April 15, 2016
    • Film: Which Way Home - Hawkeye Community College, Black Hawk Hall Room 225 from 12-2pm. This is free and open to the public

Questions

Feel free to contact Tom Kessler directly at thomas.kessler@uni.edu with questions regarding the community read or related events.  

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