The Jonathan Edwards Library is honored to have been awarded an NEH/ALA grant. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is a public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries. Upcoming Events include presentations and discussions led by Dr. Leyla Rouhi, Williams College in November 2015, Dr. Mariana Bolivar, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in February and April 2016 and inaugural poet and author, Richard Blanco, on May 5, 2016. Printable fliers can be found here.
September 23, 2015 – 12:15 – 1:15 Location: The Library. Screening of The New Latinos segment from the PBS/NEH Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. There will be refreshments. . Open to the general public.
September 25, 2015 – 2pm – 3pm - Location: The Library. – Book Club Reading Group. The book, How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed. Library. Refreshments. Book provided free, but please call ahead as space is limited. 413-236-2150. or email@example.com
October 1, 2015 3pm – 5pm – Location: The Library. There will be a Cuban film screening and ice cream social Free. RSVP suggested. 413-236-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 7, 2015 from 12:15 – 1:00 Location: The Library. Did you know BCC’s very own winning soccer team, the Falcons, has an international roster of superb players? Come and meet BCC’s team members from Central and Latin America, Africa and the US, and hear their soccer stories. Light Refreshments will be available. Printable Flier
October 9, 2015 – 2pm – 3pm – Location: The Library. Book Club Reading Group. The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed. Library. Refreshments.
October 9, 2015 – 6:30pm Location: Paterson Soccer Field, Across from the Main Campus on West Street, Pittsfield, MA. The BCC Falcons Soccer team play UMASS. We will be providing wrist bands from the country of origin of our soccer stars for you to wear and cheer them on with. Hot chocolate will be provided free of charge for students
October 20, 2015. Cuban Luncheon Sampler: In celebration of the recently restored diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Come and taste a sample of Cuba’s rich flavors through a special menu item at the streamline. We will be screening selections from the NEH/PBS film, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.
October 23, 2015 – 2pm – 3pm – Location: The Library. Book Club Reading Group. The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed. Refreshments.
November 6, 2015 - 2pm – 3pm – Location: The Library. Book Club Reading Group. The book How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents will be discussed. Library. Refreshments.
November 9, 2015 - 3:00 – 5:00 – Location: K111 - Guest Lecturer: Dr. Leyla Rouhi, Williams College. Screening of the Empire of Dreams segment from the PBS/NEH documentary, from the Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. with a presentation and discussion led by award winning faculty, Dr. Leyla Rouhi from Williams College. Dr. Rouhi will focus on themes of memory, heritage and the intersection and formation of cultural identities. She will examine the lasting impact of American culture and democracy on the idea of national liberation and identity for Latino writers. Discussion will include themes of memory heritage and the intersection and formation of cultural identities. Reception follows. APPROVED FOR FORUM CREDIT. OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
December 1, 2015 - 12:15- 1:30 Location: The Library- Screening of the Prejudice and Pride segment from the PBS/NEH documentary, from the Documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. There will be refreshments. People are welcome to stay for discussion of issues of acceptance and exclusion experienced by Latinos in New England. Open to the general public Tentative - FORUM CREDIT
February 23, 2016 1:15 – 3:30. Location: Bolan Theater - Guest Lecturer: Dr. Mariana Bolivar, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Screening of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans segment, Peril and Promise followed by a scholar led panel discussion with Dr. Mariana Bolivar from MCLA, State Senator Ben Downing, elected officials, local educators, cultural leaders and students. Dr. Bolivar will focus on how public education, and in particular, public higher education can address the needs of Berkshire County’s growing Latino community, what cross-cultural pathways can we foster that will benefit all students in Berkshire County, at BCC and at MCLA? APPROVED FOR FORUM CREDIT. OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
THIS TRIP IS COMPLETELY BOOKED - April 9, 2016 – ALL DAY - Bus Trip to New York City to visit El Museo del Barrio, walking tour of East Harlem and other sites relevant to Latino History, led by Dr. Mariana Bolivar. Lunch at the East Harlem Market Place, and extra time to explore mid-town and Rockefeller Center. While travelling, we will repeat screenings of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans, in particular the segment, Peril and Promise. Two bus picks in Pittsfield at appx. 6:30 am and Great Barrington 7:00 am. APPROVED FOR FORUM CREDIT. Only $10.00. Limited seating for non- students. Made Possible From A Grant From The NEH/ALA.
April 13 and April 27 - Polycom - Dual location class in K210A South County Center and BCC. Students from Project Link , SCC the Adult Learners and ohters. Tied to readings of Inaugeral Poet, Richard Blanco's poetry, we will host a presentation of student writing/work inspired by Blanco's poems. Student work will be considered for inclusion in the BCC Oral History Project. If you are interested in joining us, contact Karen at 236-2153
May 5, 2016 – 12:15 - 2:00 Inaugural poet and author, Richard Blanco comes to Berkshire Community College.
Richard Blanco will be giving a presentation at Berkshire Community College on May 5, 2016 at 12:15. The event is free and open to the public. Mr. Blanco’s event is part of the Library’s NEH grant and year- long programming on Latino Culture. While Mr. Blanco will speak on Latino culture in America, he will also address a variety of themes pertaining to community, touching on the experiences of an ethnically, economically, gender fluid and diverse student body such as ours. Lastly, he will include the importance of creativity in our lives and in our changing workplaces.
A lively, multi-dimensional speaker and performer, Richard Blanco combines the motivational power of his poetry and storytelling, with his wit and wisdom, to inspire organizations and institutions.
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.