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A-State Class to Present PBS “Latino-Americans” Documentary Series


JONESBORO — Students of World Languages and Cultures at Arkansas State University will present the landmark Public Broadcasting System documentary series, “Latino-Americans: 500 Years of History,” Wednesday, March 9, through Wednesday, April 20.

The six-episode documentary, open to the public, gets underway at 6 p.m. each Wednesday in Room 1028 in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, 2401 Aggie Road. Students in the Latin American Civilization and Culture class of Dr. Anne McGee, assistant professor of Spanish, will present the one-hour episodes followed by an open discussion.

The documentary is the first major series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and, with more than 50 million people, has become the largest minority group in the U.S.

The series schedule includes:

  • March 9 — “Foreigners in their Own Land” (1565-1880), with guest speaker Dr. Justin Castro, assistant professor of history.
  • March 16 — “Empire of Dreams,” (1880-1942).
  • Spring Break (March 21-26).
  • March 30 — “War and Peace,” (1942-1954).
  • April 6 — “The New Latinos,” (1946-1965).
  • April 13 — “Prejudice and Pride,” (1965-1980)
  • April 20 — “Peril and Promise,” (1980-2000)

For additional information, contact Dr. McGee at amcgee@astate.edu. For a synopsis of each episode, go to http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/episode-guide/.

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