Join us in celebrating National Latine Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by exploring our virtual collection of books and podcasts, as well as a playlist of music curated by La Voz Latina at Trinity College.
Latine Heritage Month began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week but was later expanded to a full month of celebration in 1988 under Public Law 100-402. September 15th was selected as the starting date because it marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our mission, so we have elected to use the term Latine (pronounced latin-eh) over Latinx because, as Terry Blas points out in “You Say Latinx,” it is both gender-inclusive and pronounceable in Spanish.
The materials in this collection spotlight the histories, cultures, and achievements of Latine communities. It includes books from the Trinity College, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College Libraries. Books can be borrowed from any of the three libraries.
Image Credit: Gisselle Hernández
Smithsonian American Art Museum curatorial assistant, Claudia Zapata discussed the process of curation and their exhibition work on, ¡Printing the Revolution: the Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now! with E. Carmen Ramos, Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer at the National Gallery of Art. This presentation was hosted as part of the fall 2021 course, Decentering and Re-centering History: Anthropology of Museums, taught by Professor Amanda Guzmán.
Former Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery curatorial assistant, Carolina Maestre discusses her role in the exhibition development process for “1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions.” The exhibition is self-described as the first major institutional representation of U.S. intervention in Cuba and expansion in Guam, Hawaiʻi, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Maestre supported the work of co-curators, Taína Caragol, curator of painting, sculpture and Latino art and history, and Kate Clarke Lemay, historian. This virtual presentation was hosted as part of the fall 2023 course, Decentering and Re-centering History: Anthropology of Museums, taught by Professor Amanda Guzmán.
Manager of National Education and Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Latino, Adrián Aldaba discusses his work with community engagement in bringing diverse audiences to the Smithsonian and imagining new ways in which the Smithsonian can have regional presences beyond its physical location in Washington, D.C.
In the talk, Aldaba’s describes how educational programs and print as well as online resources help to advance the public representation, understanding, and appreciation of Latino history and culture. He has also supported the educational outreach of The Molina Family Latino Gallery, the first physical installation of the forthcoming National Museum of the American Latino, at the National Museum of American History.
This virtual presentation was hosted as part of the fall 2023 course, Decentering and Re-centering History: Anthropology of Museums, taught by Professor Amanda Guzmán.