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The Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division.)

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again; how time flies! National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress is without a doubt one of my favorite months of the year. It offers a wonderful opportunity for curators, librarians, program coordinators, educators, and staff from all of the Library’s service units and divisions to come together and develop programs, displays, gatherings, and initiatives to mark this important occasion which honors and recognizes one of the most vibrant communities of this nation. This year’s press release includes an exciting line-up of events which you can find here.

Friday, September 22, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
2017 Américas Award Ceremony

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
“Latin Pop: A Cultural Fusion” A Concert with Chris Urquiaga

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 3 p.m.
Lecture: Francisco De Miranda and the United States

Thursday, October 12, 2017, noon
Book Talk: Mexico’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women

Friday, October 13, 2017, 7 p.m.
Film Screening: Selena (1997)

National Hispanic Heritage Month dates back to 1968, when the U.S. Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to designate a week in September as Hispanic Heritage Week. By 1988, the celebration had become a month-long event starting on September 15 and going through to October 15 of each year. Since then, National Hispanic Heritage Month has been a month to officially acknowledge and celebrate the history and culture of those Americans who trace their ancestry and culture to Spain and Latin America.

For those who live in the DC area, we hope you can join us. In addition to our events, there will also be a special collections display about the History of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in the United States. The display opens from September 11 – November 11, 2017 in the Thomas Jefferson Building’s Great Hall. All programs are free and open to the public.

If you don’t live here, don’t worry, you can still partake! Stay tuned for the webcasts of our programs to be published on the Library of Congress’ webcasts page later in the year.

Last but not least, make sure you visit the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape online feature. As part of the Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, we will be adding fifty recordings from this collection and making them available for online audio streaming! Our new additions include authors Isabel Allende, Cesar Aira, Julia Alvarez, and the beloved Peruvian poet Martín Adán.

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(The following is a post by Amalia Castaneda, 2017 Library of Congress Junior Fellow, Hispanic Division.) This summer, as a Junior Fellow in the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress, I worked on the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape under the direction of Catalina Gómez, Hispanic Division Reference Librarian, who co-curates the Archive […]

A Visit to the Bogota Book Fair

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New Videos Monthly, 6/9/2017

Following are the online recordings (webcasts) of recent public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. To discover more videos, visit the four area studies divisions here: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic. African and Middle Eastern Division Title: Discovery of the Secret of the Great Pyramid & the Tomb of Tutankhamun (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Mamdouh Eldamaty EVENT […]

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(The following is a post by Tracy North, Reference Librarian and Social Sciences Editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies, Hispanic Division.) At the end of 2016, the Hispanic Division published Volume 71 of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS), marking the 80th year of this ongoing joint undertaking between Library of Congress staff, scholars […]

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“New Videos Monthly” is a new series that gathers in one place online videos recently made available on the Library’s website of public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. A post will be published every month and videos will be listed under each of the four area studies divisions respectively. To kick off the […]

A Celebration of Women in Poetry

(The Following is a post by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.) As Women’s History Month comes to a close and National Poetry Month approaches, this moment presents itself as the perfect opportunity to honor the work of women in poetry. For this, we have chosen to highlight three of the most beloved women poets […]