National Latino Heritage Month

Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is National Latino Heritage Month. Sept. 15 is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on Sept. 16th and 18th, respectively. What started as a week-long observation in 1968 was expanded to 31 days in 1988 by Public Law 100-402. The UWW campus is celebrating with a lecture series and an art and cultural exchange with Universidad Autónoma “Benito Juárez” de Oaxaca.

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with many other federal agencies, has a special National Hispanic Heritage Month web site. The U.S. Dept. of State’s web site, which provides information about American life, culture, and foreign policy, has a photo gallery of Prominent Hispanic Americans in the Arts.

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Your University Library has a lot of relevant material, including reference works, books, and articles. Use the Library Catalog to find titles such as The Oxford encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, Latino politics in America, The wind shifts: New Latino poetry, and The mambo kings play songs of love (the first English-language novel by an Hispanic American that was published in the U.S.). Mambo Kings covercover of Wind Shifts
Search Library article databases such as Academic Search Premier or Ethnic NewsWatch to find articles such as “Do You Know Me?” in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (vol. 17, no. 2, 2006, pp. 9-11), “Ethnic Identity, Intergroup Contact, and Outgroup Orientation among Diverse Groups of Adolescents on the Internet” in CyberPsychology & Behavior (vol. 11, no. 4, 2008, pp. 459-465), and “Candidates court rising vote: Latinos” in Christian Science Monitor (vol. 100, no. 160, 2008, pp. 1-11).

Latin Politics in America coverPlease ask a reference librarian (262-472-1032) for assistance in finding materials.


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About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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