Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The PBS documentary series Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Reshaped a Nation chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. The Library screens the episode Empire of Dreams, covering the period from 1880-1942, when the influx of newly immigrated Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans began arriving and building strong Latino-American communities in our country.
A discussion afterward is led by two University of Kansas scholars: Ruben Flores, an associate professor of American studies associate director of the school’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Christina Bejarano, an associate professor of political science and faculty member in university’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Santa Fe Trail was best known as a commercial trade route from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. But while Americans called it “the road to Santa Fe,” Mexicans knew it as “el Camino a los Estados Unidos” (the road to the United States). The number of immigrants making their way up the corridor eventually outnumbered Americans coming the other way.
David Aamodt, administrator of the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence, and Richard Edwards, the museum’s curator of education, examine the Santa Fe Trail from the Mexican perspective, how it made early Independence more a Mexican than an American city, and how the trail helped blend cultures and economies and shape the American identity – from the once-vibrant Missouri mule industry to the country’s enduring passion for Mexican food.