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Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant brings historical and cultural events to campus

Virginia Tech is partnering with nationally recognized Latino cultural scholars and artists to increase awareness of Latino American history through a grant and programming initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The grant supports scholar-led viewing and discussion events that feature the documentary film “Latino Americans,” the first major television documentary series to chronicle the history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America for more than 500 years.

The University Libraries initiative, which will provide cultural and historical events to the Virginia Tech community throughout the fall and spring semesters, kicks off at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 15, with a public screening of “Latino Americans, Episode Six: Peril and Promise, 1980-2000” in the Newman Library Multipurpose Room at 560 Drillfield Drive. The screening will be facilitated by Laura Gillman, professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, with a discussion following the episode.

Read more about the grant and scheduled events at VT News.