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Loyola and Pratt Library partner for Latino American event series

| By Stephanie Weaver

Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE) and the Enoch Pratt Free Library have partnered for a series of events focused on Latinos in America and Baltimore.

The event series, “Latino Americans: El Futuro de Baltimore,” is funded by a $3,000 grant the Pratt Library received from National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association. The library is one of 203 grant recipients from across the country and one of only three winners in Maryland.

As part of the grant, Loyola and Pratt will show the NEH-supported documentary Latino Americans, created for PBS in 2013. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. 

“As part of the CIUE mission, we support positive activism within the communities where urban students live and learn. A focus on Baltimore’s changing demographics to include the richness that Latinos bring to the U.S., and our city in particular, is perfect for CIUE programming,” said Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., director of the CIUE and associate professor of education specialties in Loyola’s School of Education.

The grant will help fund several events with a focus on Latinos in America and Baltimore throughout the year at both Loyola’s Evergreen campus and the Pratt Library. A list of the events will be available on the CIUE’s website.

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 across the country. 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.

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