Troy University receives 'Latino Americans: 500 Years of History' grant

Posted: Tuesday, 04 August 2015

TROY - The Troy University Libraries have been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, TROY will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming about Latino history and culture.

The TROY Libraries 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 to present day. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)

The "Latino Americans" funding will enable the TROY Libraries to host a variety of public events in September at the University's Campuses in Dothan, Montgomery and Troy.

Events at the Dothan Campus will include:

  • Author Lila Quintero Weaver will discuss her book "Darkroom: Memoir in Black & White"on Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m., in Sony Hall,
  • Screening of the film "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: Prejudice and Pride,"on Sept 20, at 2 p.m., in Sony Hall,
  • Screening of the film"Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: Peril and Promise," on Sept. 27, at 2 p.m., in Sony Hall.

Events at the Montgomery Campus include:

  • The Rosa Parks Museum will host the exhibit "Darkroom: Memoir in Black & White," illustrations by Lila Quintero Weaver, from Sept. 1 - Oct. 15.
  • Screening of the film "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: Prejudice and Pride,"Sept. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Rosa Parks Museum
  • Author Lila Quintero Weaver will discuss her book "Darkroom: Memoir in Black & White," on Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Rosa Parks Museum,
  • Dr. Tiffany Sippial will discuss her book "Prostitution, Modernity, and the Making of the Cuban Republic, 1840-1920," and her latest research project titled "Celia Sanchez Manduley and the Creation of Cuba's New Woman," on Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., at the Rosa Parks Museum,
  • Screening of the film "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: Peril and Promise,"on Sept. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Rosa Parks Museum.

Events at the Troy Campus include:

  • Screening of the film "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: War and Peace,"on Sept. 15, at 4 p.m., in 105 Patterson Hall,
  • Author Lila Quintero Weaver talks about her book "Darkroom: Memoir in Black & White," on Sept. 17, at 11 a.m., in the library,
  • U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Carlos Garcia talks about the history of Latino Americans in the U.S. Military on Sept. 21, at 11 a.m., in the library,
  • Screening of the film "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: The New Latinos,"on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. in Patterson Hall 105,
  • Dr. Tiffany Sippial talks about her book, "Prostitution, Modernity, and the Making of the Cuban Republic, 1840-1920," and her latest research project titled "Celia Sanchez Manduley and the Creation of Cuba's New Woman,"on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. in the library,
  • Screening of the film, "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: Prejudice and Pride,"on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in 105 Patterson Hall.

All events are free and open to the public.

"Latino Americans are the country's largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture," said Dr. Christopher Shaffer, Dean of Troy University Libraries. "I'm thrilled that TROY has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community."

For more information on events, contact Alyssa Martin at almartin@troy.edu.

The "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. View a full list of the recipients.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is 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.