Latino Influencers Discuss Underrepresentation of Latinos in the Telling of American History at 2013 NCLR Annual Conference
LATINO INFLUENCERS DISCUSS UNDERREPRESENTATION OF LATINOS IN THE TELLING OF AMERICAN HISTORY AT 2013 NCLR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Workshop Presented by the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation, Friends of the American Latino Museum, and LATINO AMERICANS Documentary Special on PBS
— Panel discussion The Making of America: Untold Stories from American Latino History to feature Dolores Huerta, Maria Cardona, Midy Aponte, Adriana Bosch, Eduardo Díaz and Stephen Pitti, moderated by Ray Suarez —
WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 25, 2013 — The contributions that Latinos have made to American history — often overlooked in the American classroom and other educational and cultural spaces — will be the focus of a panel discussion, The Making of America: Untold Stories from American Latino History, taking place 1:30–3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, at the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The panel will be moderated by PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez and will feature Dolores Huerta, labor leader and civil rights activist; Maria Cardona, CNN political contributor and board treasurer of Friends of the American Latino Museum (@LatinoMuseum); Midy Aponte, Executive Director of the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation (@American_Latino); Estuardo V. Rodriguez, Director of the Friends of the American Latino Museum; Eduardo Diaz, Executive Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center (@SLC_Latino); Stephen Pitti, Professor of American Studies & History and Master of Ezra Stiles College at Yale University; and Adriana Bosch, series producer of LATINO AMERICANS, a new three-part, six-hour documentary series on the history and experiences of Latinos in the United States from the 1500s to present day, premiering nationally September 17 on PBS. Suarez is also the author of the companion book to the PBS series, by the same title.
In a first-of-its kind collaboration, the three entities are partnering to address the severe underrepresentation of Latinos in American educational curriculum, national parks, historic landmarks and national cultural institutions. This reality is at odds with the fact that Latinos have a history in the U.S. that dates back to before the founding of the nation. As the fastest-growing ethnic group today, currently accounting for more than 54 million people in the country, American Latinos have a compelling story to tell that fills in the gaps in today’s U.S. history curricula.
To this end, it is fitting that the 2013 NCLR National Conference, the largest gathering of Latinos in the nation, will take place in New Orleans. The region not only holds a complex and often untold Latino history that dates back to the 1700s, but also serves as an example of the dedicated hard work and commitment of today’s Latino immigrants who labored tirelessly to help rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The panel will dive into these issues, and more, taking advantage of the large and captive audience that NCLR is known for gathering every year.
The Making of America: Untold Stories from American Latino History, which has a featured “superworkshop” designation from NCLR, will begin with preview excerpts from the LATINO AMERICANS documentary series and follow with two in-depth panel discussions. The two discussions will conclude with a Q&A session with the panelists. The conversation is also open to the general public by following along on Twitter through hashtags #HISTORIA and #NCLR13.
This superworkshop was made possible with the support from the LATINO AMERICANS project funders, outlined below, REI, and NCLR.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN LATINO HERITAGE FUND
The American Latino Heritage Fund (ALHF) is an official Fund of the National Park Foundation (NPF), the congressionally chartered 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit partner of our National Parks. The mission of the National Park Foundation is to strengthen the enduring connection between the American people and their National Parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing public awareness.
Established in 2011 by Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, the mission of the American Latino Heritage Fund is to assist the National Park Service and communities across the country to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve, reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos throughout American History and for future generations. More information at: www.alhf.org
ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE AMERICAN LATINO MUSEUM
Friends of the American Latino Museum, Inc., a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington, D.C., strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life. More information at: www.americanlatinomuseum.org
ABOUT LATINO AMERICANS
LATINO AMERICANS is a 3-part, 6-hour series for PBS — the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos in the United States. From 1500 to the 21st Century, LATINO AMERICANS explores this history through its people, politics and culture. Narrated by Benjamin Bratt, with a companion book by Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, the project also includes a major bilingual outreach and education campaign. LATINO AMERICANS premieres nationally September 17, September 24 and October 1, 8-10 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). It will also be available on Vme, the Spanish-language channel on public television, over six consecutive Fridays beginning September 20. Watch a preview now here: pbs.org/LATINOAMERICANS
LATINO AMERICANS is a production of WETA Washington, D.C.; Bosch and Co., Inc.; and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB); in association with Independent Television Service (ITVS). The series executive producers are Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan for WETA, Sandie Viquez Pedlow for LPB, and Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS. The series producer is Adriana Bosch. The supervising producer is Salme Lopez. The producers are Nina Alvarez, Dan McCabe, Ray Telles and John J. Valadez. The associate producers are Sabrina Avilés, Yvan Iturraga and Monika Navarro. For the re-enactment sequences, the producer is Cathleen O’Connell and the directors are David Belton and Sonia Fritz. The production manager is Mary Sullivan. Major funding for LATINO AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and The Summerlee Foundation. Funding for outreach is supported by a grant from The New York Community Trust.
ABOUT THE 2013 NCLR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The NCLR Annual Conference represents the largest and most important gathering of the nation’s most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Hispanic community. The NCLR Annual Conference provides a forum for people in the business of social change to learn about ongoing and emerging issues in the Hispanic community, connect with key community leaders, and generate partnerships with Hispanic community-based organizations.
The 2013 NCLR Annual Conference consists of four days of the most thorough and cutting-edge workshops addressing critical issues in the Latino community, key events before an audience of 2,000, and presentations from speakers of national and international prominence. With over 50 workshops along 11 different topic tracks, four town halls, multiple networking events, and five key meal events, including the Latinas Brunch and the NCLR Awards gala, 2013 is poised to be the biggest NCLR Annual Conference to-date. Dates: July 20–23, 2013 at the Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. Free registration for press available here: http://nclr.emsreg.com/nclr13/public/mediaregistration.aspx
Francella Chinchilla, Friends of the American Latino Museum, 202-587-4944; [email protected]
Gabriela Martinez de Ubago, DKC, 212-981-5116; [email protected]
Alanna Sobel, National Park Foundation, 202-354-6486; [email protected]