Lawrence Professor of Spanish Gustavo Fares will will lead an audience discussion following the screening of “Peril and Promise (1980-2000),” part of the award-winning PBS documentary series “Latino Americans.”
The screening, Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida St., is part of a series of of community programs highlighting 500 years of diversity and achievement by Latino Americans. The event is free and open to the public.
The 2013 six-hour PBS series chronicles 500 years of Latinos in the United States with a focus on the struggles and triumphs of the film’s characters. It features nearly 100 Latinos, including Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, co-founder with César Chávez of the National Farm Workers Association, author/commentator Linda Chávez, who became the highest-ranking woman in President Reagan’s administration, and award-winning actress and singer Rita Moreno.
A partnership between Lawrence, the Appleton Public Library, Casa Hispana and the History Museum at the Castle is collaborating on a series of events for the program “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History and Culture.” The program is supported by grants Lawrence received from the American Library Association and the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
As part of the programming, the Appleton Public Library is currently hosting an exhibition of works by Milwaukee-based Mexican artist, author and illustrator Francisco X. Mora that will run through Feb. 29. Mora will lead a children’s-focused program at the library Jan. 30.
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