Public invited to celebrate, learn during Latino history sessions

Latino history is highlighted as part of free public events organized by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Center for Arkansas History and Culture and partner organizations.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a special project of the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, will use documentary films and community discussions to explore the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos who helped shape U.S. history.Image of Latino family waiving US flag

Events are centered around Latino Americans, a six-episode award-winning documentary that chronicles Latinos in the U.S. from the 16th century to the present day. Members of the public are invited to screenings of the documentary as well as community discussions.

Registration for “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History”  is open at

Scheduled activities all begin at 2 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center and include:

  • Oct. 18: Community discussion and screening of “Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880),” the first episode from the documentary “Latino Americans”; Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann, UALR associate professor of history and social studies education coordinator, will lead the discussion
  • Oct. 25: Screening of “Empire of Dreams (1880-1942),” the second episode from the “Latino Americans” documentary
  • Nov. 1: Screening of “War and Peace (1942-1954),” the third installment in the six-part “Latino Americans” documentary
  • Nov. 8: Screening of “The New Latinos (1946-1965),” the fourth episode of “Latino Americans
  • Nov. 15: Screening and community conversation, including the presentation of the fifth episode of “Latino Americans,” “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)”; community discussion will be led by doctoral candidate and visiting assistant professor Edma Delgado-Solórzano of the UALR Department of International and Second Language Studies
  • Nov. 22: Screening of “Peril and Promise (1980-2000),” the sixth and final installment of “Latino Americans”; community discussion to be led by Julian Calzada, vice president of the League for United Latin American Citizens Council 750.

UALR’s Department of International and Second Language Studies and its Office of Campus Life, as well as the Clinton School of Public Service and the Arkansas Arts Center also partnered with the Center for Arkansas History and Culture.

Visit for more information about the project.logo for the program Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

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

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