Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 to October 15th to honor the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Rohrbach Library has e-books, articles, video series, and films to help you celebrate!

From Inclusion to Influence: Latino Representation in Congress and Latino Political Incorporation in America (E-Book)

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America (E-Book)

Notable Latino Writers (E-Book) – “Biographical essays on 120 authors who are US residents of Latin descent or Latin American authors.”

Hispanic Heritage Month (Article) – “Discover how Hispanic astronauts continue the tradition of space exploration and study.”

Dolores Huerta, the United Farm Workers, and people power: Rhetorical participation in Latina/o/x suffrage and social movements (Article) – “Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, was and still is involved in a number of social justice causes, including voter participation. Since her days working at the Community Service Organization in the 1950s, she has long advocated for registering and organizing voters as part of a broader strategy to enfranchise Mexican, Mexican American, and other historically marginalized groups. This essay explores a few brief examples of her calls to get out the vote and participate in social movements more broadly to address the deep-seated problems of “citizenship excess” that face Mexican, Mexican American, and other immigrant communities (as well as many others) in the United States. In addition, Huerta has strongly advocated for “people power” as a way to get marginalized people into activism, especially those with intersectional identities related to race, ethnicity, gender, class standing, sexuality, and political orientations.”

Ana Mendieta: Art, Artist and Literary Afterlives (Article) – “Ana Mendieta was one of the most prolific and certainly the most prominent Cuban-American woman artist of the twentieth century. Mendieta’s influence on successive generations of artists is undeniable and a growing bibliography on her recognises both her relevance in Cuban and North American feminist art history. However, there is almost nothing written about how she has been represented in literature and how these literary reconstructions address some of the many unanswered questions which remain concerning the artist, her art, her relationship with Cuba, her personal life and her tragic death. This essay begins to address this gap through its discussion of texts by Cuban, Cuban-American and Canadian women writers.”

Eliding trans Latino/a queer experience in U.S. LGBT history: José Sarria and Sylvia Rivera reexamined (Article) – “This essay examines the place of trans Latino/a queer pioneers José Sarria and Sylvia Rivera in U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender historiography over the past two decades, specifically how their Latino/a identities have been conveyed and elided in professional and popular historical texts, in documentary films, in cinematic fictions, and on newly-erected street signs. It further explores how such scholarly developments as transgender history, new accounts of queer Latino/a San Francisco and New York, and diaspora studies, particularly with regard to Rivera’s Puerto Rican heritage in the context of 1960s New York City, have provided new vantage points from which to assess their significance to the always tentative project of queer history.”

Latino Americans: the 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation (Film) – “Survey the history and people from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848.”

The Latino List. Volume 1 (Film) – “HBO presents a unique glimpse into the vibrant and burgeoning culture of Hispanic America through a series of highly personal video portraits of Latinos who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society. Funny, poignant and irreverent, The Latino List illuminates the Latino experience today, at a time when the Latino population in the US is booming. The Latino List: Volume 1 spotlights a diverse range of notables from music, science, journalism, theater, politics, business, and government. In intimate interviews with NPR correspondent Maria Hinojosa, these prominent Hispanic Americans discuss such subjects as the childhood inspirations that fueled their ambitions, how they achieved success, the evolving American cultural landscape they helped mold, the importance of preserving a distinct cultural identity for future generations to embrace, and the challenges of discrimination. The subjects share stories of growing up Latino in America, how their backgrounds shaped their philosophies and their feelings on a society where new opportunities abound, but challenges still exist. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, including Cuban, Colombian, Honduran, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and more, each interviewee has a unique perspective on his or her American success story.”

The Latino List. Volume 2 (Film) – “The Latino List: Volume 2 features interviews with an extraordinary cross-section of Hispanic Americans who represent a variety of professions, disciplines, and backgrounds, each speaking to the unique struggles and triumphs he or she has faced. The film consists of intimate first-person vignettes, with each subject speaking simply and directly into the camera about a number of topics–from the hot-button issue of immigration to childhood inspirations that fueled their ambitions, to the evolving American cultural landscape they helped mold, to the importance of preserving a distinct cultural identity for future generations. Volume 2 features activist Dolores Huerta, journalist Soledad O’Brian, NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, model and humanitarian Christy Turlington, actors George Lopez and Judy Reyese, former Telemundo president of entertainment Nely Galan, Univision network president Cesar Conde, and political figures like Raul Yzaguirre, the US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. From sharing stories from their childhoods to talking about life-changing moments in their professional and personal lives, each of these individuals shares what it means to be Latino in America.”

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