March 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 2: 'Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)'

    6 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. ArtStreet Studio B

    This episode documents how the U.S. population begins to be reshaped by the influx of people from Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico and the formation of strong Latino American communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York. 6 - 8 p.m. Directions and parking information are available on ArtStreet's website. Join us for this public screening or watch online. Hosted by Ernesto Velasquez

    Panel discussion: 43 disappeared students and the Arizona ban on Mexican American studies

    6 p.m. Thursday, March 10., Science Center Auditorium SC 114

    Scholars: Ernesto Velasquez, assistant professor of philosophy, University of Dayton and Thomas M. Falk, visiting professor of teacher education, University of Dayton. 

    The rise of the Latina/o population has been interpreted in U.S. academic and national discourses as a threat and a promise. The threat: They are coming in droves to take over the country, drain social services, threaten the physical integrity of U.S. citizens, take away American jobs, change the culture or take over the government. The promise: These same folks provide cheap pools of labor for U.S. business; their hard work ethic builds the economy; they perform menial and domestic jobs that Americans are not willing to do; and they might change the way we understand notions such as race and gender. Who are these folks, really? How should we think of their identities? How do they negotiate their identities? What are some contemporary social political struggles Latinas/os and Latin Americans face, and how are they responding to their conditions? This panel will focus on two contemporary local and global issues: the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa—a town in the state of Iguala in Mexico—and the recent ban on Mexican American studies in Arizona. This panel will be a follow-up to the screening of the Latino Americans Episode 2.


    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