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6:30 PM
to 8:30 PM
AZ Humanities Free Film Screening

The public is invited to attend a free film screening of the National Endowment for the Humanities supported documentary film Latino Americans:  500 Years of History.   The film screening and Q&A with scholar Dr. Leah Sarat takes place Thursday May 19th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Cultural Center (645 S. 2nd Ave, Yuma AZ 85364).  This award winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to the present day.  The program is free, open to all, and light refreshments will be provided. 

In 2015, Arizona Humanities was selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans:  500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) offering film screening and public programs in diverse communities across America.

About the episode Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880):  One hundred years after Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish Conquistadors and Priests push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism.  With the arrival of the British in North America, the two colonial systems produce contrasting societies that come into conflict as Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S. into the Mexican territories of the South West.  Learn more about the series at

About Dr. Leah Sarat:  Dr. Sarat's work explores the intersection of religion and migration in Mexico and the Mexico-U.S. borderlands.  She received her PhD in Religion in the Americas from the University of Florida and joined the Religious Studies faculty at Arizona State University in 2010.  Her book, Fire in the Canyon:  Religion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream (New York University Press, 2013) centers on the relationship between cross border migration and Pentecostalism in an indigenous community in central Mexico that is famous for its guided U.S.-Mexico border crossing tourist reenactment.  

For more information about Latino Americans:  500 Years of History, contact Ellie Hutchinson, Programs Manager at or 602-257-0335 x26.


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