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New York/Canadian-Media: The Library of Congress is launching Season 2 of La Biblioteca podcast as part of Hispanic Heritage Month a six-part series titled Exploring Latinx Civil Rights in the United States, which zeros in on seminal civil rights cases and events.
“We the People Defend Dignity,” 2017. Artist: Shepard Fairey. Prints and Photographs Division. Image Courtesy of Shepard Fairey, Obey Giant Art.
Created by Hermán Luis Chávez and María Guadalupe (Lupita) Partida, two Huntington Fellows in the Library’s Hispanic Reading Room, this English-language series derives from A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States.
Season 2 evolves out of the resource guide, among the most viewed in the Library and speaks with lawyers, community organizers and legislators about Latino cultural identity and history in the United States and offers an overview of 20th and 21st century American court cases, legislation and events that have affected the Hispanic community across the U.S., including Puerto Rico.
“I am excited by the diversity of voices and topics in this season of La Biblioteca. I learned quite a bit, and I know our listeners will come away feeling better informed,” said Suzanne Schadl, chief of the Latin American, Caribbean and European Division.
The first episode centers on Madrigal v. Quilligan, a 1978 federal class action lawsuit filed by 10 Mexican American women against the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center for involuntary or forced sterilization. Although the plaintiffs lost the case in an unpublished decision from a California federal district court, the California Department of Health established new sterilization procedures and bilingual protocols for better informed consent for patients. Hermán and Lupita discuss the case and its impact with lawyer Antonia Hernández, who managed the case while working for Model Cities Center for Law and Justice.
Running through Nov. 2, subsequent weekly podcasts will discuss the fate of Central American immigrants who’ve entered the country illegally and the Temporary Protection Status, an immigration program enacted by Congress in 1990; the “Latinx” identity; Latino voter engagement; Latino student activism, and environmental activism in Puerto Rico. Guests include members of Congress, immigrant advocates, a bilingual journalist and academic experts.
La Biblioteca Podcast launched in 2017 to explore the Library’s collections. The first season, Exploring the PALABRA Archive, featured discussions with academic experts, poets and critics about a selection of recordings from the PALABRA Archive.
In addition to the Season 2 podcast, the Library joins Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with a release of 50 new recordings from authors featured in the PALABRA Archive, including Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska and Cuban-American author, poet and anthropologist Ruth Behar. There will also be a Zoom webinar on Oct. 11 with Latin American children and young adult authors Angela Burke Kunkel, Aida Salazar and Yamile Saied Méndez.
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Washington/Canadian-Media: A line-up of digital releases and events to celebrate Latina/o/x history and culture would be shared this year at the Hispanic Reading Room of the Library of Congress
Our virtual programs or catch events and resources listed on the National Hispanic Heritage Month web portal are as follows:
Season 2 premiere of La Biblioteca Podcast “Exploring Latinx Civil Rights in the United States” Catch a new episode each Tuesday!
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Each Tuesday starting October 5th, listen to a new episode of La Biblioteca podcast season 2. Hispanic Reading Room Huntington Fellows Herman Luis Chavez and María Guadalupe Partida speak with community advocates, scholars, and Congress members about Latinx civil rights in the United States.
Guests include librarian María Daniela Thurber; former HACU intern Bianca Napoleoni; lawyer Antonia Hernandez; advocates Crista Ramos, Daphne Frias, and Myrna Pagan; journalist Paola Ramos; U.S. Congress members Teresa Leger Fernandez and Joaquin Castro, and scholars Carlos Manuel Haro (UCLA), Cecilia Menjívar (UCLA), Marie Cruz Soto (NYU), Ed Morales (Columbia), and Ruth Ellen Wasem (University of Texas).
More Upcoming Events and Digital Releases
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To join the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress and Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) in a virtual celebration of children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx literature, REGISTER HERE
Digital Features and Resources
There would be a release of more research guides related to Hispanic Heritage in the United States. Curators and librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room have also created and published a host of thematic StoryMaps celebrating Hispanic heritage, history, and culture.
One can hear from authors amplifying stories and voices from across Latin American and Latinx communities for young readers. Families, educators, and students to take part in this unique celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month are welcome.
This live virtual program will feature award-winning authors Angela Burke Kunkel (Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built), Aida Salazar (Land of the Cranes), and Yamile Saied Méndez (Furia).
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Washington/Canadian-Media: Italian American Heritage Month (IAHM) is celebrated every year in the month of October to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans.
Italian American History Month. Image credit: www.osia.org
First observed in 1989 by a special proclamation of both Congress and President George H. W. Bush, IAHM honors the achievements and contributions of Italian immigrants and their descendants living in the USA, particularly in the arts, science, and culture.
The heritage month is in October to coincide with Columbus Day, the American national holiday traditionally celebrated on October 12, now celebrated on the second Monday in October.
Between 1820 and 2000 over 5 million Italians immigrated to the United States of America (USA). Currently over 26 million Americans of Italian descent reside in the USA making the Italian-Americans the fifth largest ethnic group.
During the observation of IAHM, Library of Congress (LoC), based in Washington, USA acknowledges the musical gifts and legacies Italian-Americans provided to the USA.
Established in 1800, LoC is the world’s largest library and the main research arm of the U.S. Congress as well as home of the U.S. Copyright Office, offering access to the creative record of the United States and from around the world both on site and online.
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In its musical training, USA is introduced to learning the terms used to describe tempos, dynamics, instruments in Italian language because the universally accepted dynamics and other musical vocabulary are still the Italian designations.
From the very American big band era, the American singer and actor Frank Sinatra, the only child of Sicilian (Italy) immigrants, studied with an opera singer to learn breath control, and observed Tommy Dorsey, an American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era.
Another great Italian-American singer is Gershwin award winner Tony Bennett with his signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.
Bill Conti, another Italian-American composer's “Fanfare for Rocky” from Rocky which is a great motivational music to push through the challenge.
Also carrying on the Italian composing tradition, New York-based John Corigliano, Jr. has presented lyrical scores to movies, The Red Violin, and operas.