Saddleback College Receives Grant to Screen "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" Documentary

For Immediate Release: 
September 29, 2015

Mission Viejo, CA – As one of the recipients of the competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), Saddleback College will be screening episodes of the NEH-supported documentary film, “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th Century to present day.

The first screening, Episode 1 of Latino Americans, “Foreigners in Their Own Lands,” will be held on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm in the Health Sciences Building, Room 145. There will be an introduction by Dr. Juani Funez-González from Orange Coast College, and a post-screening presentation and discussion led by Dr. Steven Hackel from UC Riverside, entitled “Junípero Serra: Contemporary Perspectives.”

The second screening, Episode 2 of Latino Americans, “Fight for Equal Rights,” will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm. There will be an introduction by Dr. Mariana De Saracho from Saddleback College, and a post-screening presentation and discussion of “Mendez vs. Westminster,” led by emeritus professor Dr. Gilbert Gonzalez from UC Irvine.

As one of 203 grant recipients selected across the county, Saddleback College is the only community college in Orange County that received the grant to hold public film screenings and discussion groups about Latino history and culture.

For more information, contact Ana María Cobos at acobos@saddleback.edu or by calling 949-582-4542.