The University of Northern Iowa’s Rod Library has been named for the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant. The library will receive $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association to assist programming.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is a public programming initiative explored by NEH and the American Library.

The basis of the project is the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film, “Latino Americans,” produced for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station that pictures Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.

“We are extremely excited to have been awarded this grant,” said Jessica Cruz, UNI Museum exhibit preparator.

“Not only does it give us the opportunity to work with multiple entities on campus to highlight Latinos in the United States, it also enables us to reach beyond the UNI community to engage the whole of the Cedar Valley. We have a lineup of wonderful events, and we look forward to working with our various partners throughout the year to celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture in Iowa,” she added.

“We are proud to have provided funding to support the creation of this film, and we are pleased that it will be seen by diverse audiences in communities around the country through these new grants,” NEH Chairman William D. Adams stated.

 

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