February Events

    Exhibit: Latino Art of the Midwest: Into the 21st Century

    Feb. 4 — March 21, Roesch Library first-floor gallery

    The exhibit presents powerful works of art, including prints, paintings, sculpture and video. Exhibit themes include political representation, equal opportunity for education and jobs, as well as broad civil and human rights. See the work of artists from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin. The art and presentations by art historian and curator Judith Huacuja and the featured artists aim to foster understanding of local Latino histories in regional and national contexts. 

    Opening Reception
    4 — 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Roesch Library first-floor gallery
    Reception and performances by featured artists.

    Curator's Talk
    5 — 6 p.m. Monday, March 21, evening, Roesch Library Collab
    Curator Judith Huacuja will discuss themes from the exhibit.

    Presented by the Department of Art and Design, University Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences. 

    Image: "The Bleeding Border" by Sergio Gomez.

    'Latino Americans' Episode 1: 'Foreigners in Our Own Land (1565-1880)'

    6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. ArtStreet Studio C

    This episode explores the period from 1565 to 1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America; the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies; and the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848. Directions and parking information are available on ArtStreet's website. Watch the episode online. Hosted by Neomi DeAnda.

    Panel discussion: Exploring Latino/a religious histories: What difference does it make in our religious studies?

    4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, Kennedy Union Ballroom West

    Scholars: Neomi DeAnda, assistant professor of religious studies, University of Dayton; Jacqueline Hidalgo, assistant professor of Latina/o studies and religion, Williams College; Néstor Medina, assistant professor of theology and culture, Regent University.

    With at least 30 percent of the Catholic Church in the U.S. being Latino/a, exploration on the religious components of Latino/a ways of life remains important for a Catholic University. Studies in Latino/a religions and theologies have burgeoned over the past 40 years. Latino/a theologies and religious scholars have been calling for the historical retrieval of silenced and marginalized pasts to provide a broader basis for scholarly and theological development. This panel will examine the significance of historical retrieval for Latino/as and the study of religions. These historical retrievals also tie into work for justice through the understanding that human dignity is diminished when historical and cultural ways of life are silenced, marginalized, oppressed, omitted or excluded. These three panelists include various types of historical retrieval as central to their scholarship. This panel will be a follow-up to the screening of the Latino Americans Episode 1.


    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.


    Katy Kelly

    Roesch Library 105D