Saxton-Ruiz is next speaker in ‘Latino Americans’ history series

The campus/community series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” continues Monday (Dec. 7) with the screening of another film segment and a talk by Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz of the Humanistic Studies faculty. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St. Saxton-Ruiz will introduce the evening’s installment of the acclaimed PBS “Latino Americans” documentary, the episode titled “Peril and Promise (1980-2000).” An associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Saxton-Ruiz will introduce and later lead discussion on the film about the Cuban Mariel boatlift, the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Central American refugees fleeing death squads, and the current political debate over immigration. Monday’s program is the fifth and final of the semester in the series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Details can be found at http://libguides.uwgb.edu/c.php?g=388442&p=2635400

 

Guest lecturer’s book: for sale on campus, to be read at Readers’ Loft

In connection with the Latino American History program, copies of visiting speaker Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez’s latest collection of short stories, One Day I’ll Tell You the Things I’ve Seen, are available at the Phoenix Bookstore. Additionally, Vaquera-Vásquez will read and discuss themes from the book between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 25) at The Reader’s Loft Bookstore, Green Bay.

Latino American history is topic of film, discussion Sept. 24 at Neville

santiago-vaquera-webScreening of a one-hour segment of the 2013 PBS documentary Latino Americans will be accompanied by a lecture and discussion featuring visiting author and scholar Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez this Thursday evening (Sept. 24) at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County.

The program, free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. at the Museum at 210 Museum Place on the west bank of the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. The program kicks off this year’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

Vaquera-Vásquez is an assistant professor of creative writing and Hispanic Southwestern Literatures at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of the book One Day I’ll Tell You the Things I’ve Seen, a collection of stories about international borders and men and women “from Madrid to Mexico City, from California to Istanbul” with experience in two or more cultures.

“My scholarly work is about border-crossers and communities in contact, and how identities start being shaped by bicultural contact,” Vaquera-Vásquez told the Latin Post earlier this year. “So, I started off by looking at the U.S./Mexican border when I was living at the University of Iowa. I looked at the way migrant Mexican communities and small farming communities in the Midwest started being shaped and reshaped … and it goes both ways. The farming community expected the migrant workers to assimilate, and they, themselves, started incorporating this community into part of their experience, which I thought was fascinating.”

Thursday’s event begins with refreshments, music and brief opening remarks by Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, among others. Vaquera-Vásquez will talk about his work and introduce the one-hour segment of the PBS documentary titled “Prejudice and Pride.” A question-and-answer and discussion session follows the film.

A collaborative effort by UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members resulted in the $10,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to fund the local “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” project. The public events, presentations, discussions and showings of the PBS series are part of a larger, national NEH and ALA initiative called The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

The UW-Green Bay organizing committee — consisting of faculty members Marcelo Cruz (project director), Aurora Cortez and Gabriel Saxton Ruiz and staff members Paula Ganyard, Mai Lo Lee and Lidia Nonn — has proposed a series of communitywide events at various local venues. The group will work with Neville Museum, Brown County Library, Casa Alba and other community organizations to bring the series and discussion to the greater Green Bay community.

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Cruz, UW-Green Bay team earn $10,000 grant for Latino project

A collaborative effort by UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members has resulted in a $10,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The grant will fund “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a series of public events, presentations, discussions and showings of a PBS series on the Latino American experience in North America. The local event is part of a larger, national NEH and ALA initiative called The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. The UW-Green Bay organizing committee — consisting of faculty members Marcelo Cruz (project director), Aurora Cortez and Gabriel Saxton Ruiz and staff members Paula Ganyard, Mai Lo Lee and Lidia Nonn — has proposed a series of communitywide events at various local venues. The group will work with Neville Museum, Brown County Library, Casa Alba and other community organizations to bring the series and discussion to the greater Green Bay community. Details on the showings and the events will be forthcoming for the fall semester.