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Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE)

Latino Americans: El Futuro de Baltimore

During the 2015-16 academic year, the CIUE will partner with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Esperanza Center to host a series of events focused on the history and experiences of Latino Americans in the United States and in Baltimore. This event series is funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) received by Enoch Pratt. Please visit the ALA for more information on the grant program.

Spring 2016 Events

El Futuro de Baltimore: A Conversation on Our Changing Demographics

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Loyola University Maryland
Andrew White Student Center, Fourth Floor Program Room
Pre-Reception: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Event: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 

Literacy Leadership Awards

The evening will feature a keynote address, "The Raciolinguistic Underpinnings of Academic Language and the Marginalization of Latino Students," by Nelson Flores, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Andrew White Student Center Fourth Floor Program Room
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

Community Literacy Event/Writer's Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 and Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
Enoch Pratt Free Library- Southern Anchor Branch

The event originally scheduled for Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 has been rescheduled to Feb. 6 and 27.

Do you like sharing stories and writing? Come share/write the stories of your family (in both Spanish and English) through speaking and writing. If you’d like to share your stories orally, we’ll record them using StoryCorps. Participants will end with a story (written or oral) documenting the story of their family and their future aspirations. Refreshments will be provided. Registration (free) for students in Grades 4-8 and their families is recommended; call 410-396-1580.
* attendance to both sessions is not required. 

A yearlong program series focused on the history and experiences of Latino Americans in the U.S. and Baltimore. Presented in partnership with Loyola University’s Center for Innovation in Urban Education and the Esperanza Center, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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Fall 2015 Events

Two-Part Documentary Film Screening: Latino Americans

The film, Latino Americans, presents the history of Latinos/as in the U.S. from 1965-2000, including detailing the prejudice they have encountered within school and society, their role in the Civil Rights Movement, and the future hopes and promises for their contributions to the larger U.S. society.

Part One

Wednesday, Sept. 16
Loyola University Maryland
McGuire Hall, 7 p.m.

Dr. WardThe first screening will be hosted by Dr. Thomas Ward, Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Loyola University Maryland, and will focus on “Prejudice and Pride from 1965-1980.”

In 2005, Dr. Ward was named Corresponding Member of the Instituto Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru, and in 2013 the University of that name awarded him an honorary professorship. In 2011 Loyola University Maryland students voted for him as the The Harry W. Rodgers, III Distinguished Teacher of the Year. He has also recently been teaching two courses on early Latino thought in the U.S., one in Modern Languages and Literatures for the Latin American and Latino Studies minor and the other in Loyola’s Liberal Studies master’s program.

He has published more than 30 articles and a number of books including La Anarquía inmanentista de Manuel González Prada (Editorial Horizonte, 2001), La teoría literaria: Romanticismo, krausismo y modernismo ante la globalización industrial (Romance Monographs, Univ. de Mississippi, 2004), La Resistencia Cultural: la nación en el ensayo de las Américas (Universidad Ricardo Palma, 2004), and Buscando la Nación Peruana (Editorial Horizonte 2007). Recently he translated a collection of poems by Domingo de Ramos, titled China Pop, published by Carboard House Press. He comes back to Loyola this semester after spending the summer doing archival research in Lima on the heritage of the Incas in nineteenth-century Peru.

Part Two

Perla GuerreroTuesday, Nov. 10
Loyola University Maryland
McGuire Hall, 7 p.m.

The second screening will be hosted by Dr. Perla Guerrero, Assistant Professor of the Department of American Studies and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will focus on “Peril and Promise from 1980-2000.”

Dr. Guerrero received her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests lie in relational race and ethnicity, immigration, space and place, labor, and 20th century U.S. history. Guerrero was a Latino Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow as well as Goldman Sachs Junior Fellow at the National Museum of American History in 2010-2011. She was also awarded a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014-2015 to work on her first book, Nuevo South: Latinas/os, Asians, and the Remaking of Place, an interdisciplinary investigation of how immigrants and refugees negotiated issues of place such as race, labor, and community during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It provides an analysis of the political and economic factors, and the ebbs and flows of capital, which are shifting the region’s social conditions and racial mores.

Meet the Author: Dan-el Padilla Peralta, author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League

Wednesday, Oct. 14
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Wheeler Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Undocumented is a classic story of the triumph of the human spirit and eloquently speaks to the issue of immigration reform. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dan-el Padilla Peralta graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2006. He received his M.Phil. from the University of Oxford and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is currently a Mellon Research Fellow at Columbia University.

Discussion: "Talking about Race: Rights for Domestic Workers"

Thursday, Oct. 15
Enoch Pratt Central Library
Wheeler Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, will host the discussion. For more information, please visit the Enoch Pratt Events Calendar.

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Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

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