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GHC to use Latino Americans 500 Years of History grant to host two events in October



Georgia Highlands College was recently selected as one of three recipients in Georgia to receive a competitive “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Georgia Regents University and the University of Georgia also received grants.

As one of the 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, GHC was given a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming about Latino history and culture.

GHC will be holding two events in October.

The first event will be a screening of an episode from PBS’s “Latino Americans” documentary series at the GHC Floyd campus library on October 26 at 6PM. GHC President Don Green will introduce the film and talk about the value of education in the Latino community.

The second event will be hosted at the Cartersville campus Student Center on October 28 at 1PM, where there will be a live mariachi performance and a guest lecture by Dalton State Professor of Music Ellie Kay Jenkins.

Both events are free and open to the public.

“Latino Americans have a rich and varied history and culture,” Green said, “and I’m thrilled that GHC has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.”

GHC Reference and Instruction Librarian Maggie Murphy stated that the Georgia Highlands College Libraries will use the “Latino Americans” grant award to hold four public programs in all between July 2015 and June 2016, one at the Rome campus, two at the Cartersville campus, and one at the Marietta site. Key themes from the “Latino Americans” series that Georgia Highlands College intends to explore in these programs include immigration, education and the expression of identity in Latino culture.

“The programming this grant will allow us to hold complements our institution’s focus on extending educational opportunities to our underserved Latino communities by providing us a forum to host events that will promote cross-cultural understanding,” Murphy said.

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