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Lone Star College-North Harris receives ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grant

The Lone Star College-North Harris library is one of only four libraries in the Houston area 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).

According to Christine Ramsey, LSC-North Harris library director, “As one of just 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, our library received a $3,000 grant which will allow us to hold public programming including film screenings, discussion groups, local history exhibitions and performances about Latino history and culture throughout the academic year.”

The LSC-North Harris library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” created for PBS in 2013. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. 

Ramsey added, “In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we have planned some amazing programs at this campus including a visit with “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” acclaimed filmmaker, John Valadez.” Valadez will be on campus Thursday, Sept. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building Conference Center. The program is open to the public as well.

Valadez will lead a discussion on two segments of the film, “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” Valadez has been producing and directing award-winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past 14 years. To learn more about Valadez’s film, visit www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.

Valadez has twice been named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, is a Rockefeller Fellow, a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow and a founding member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

Dr. Gerald Napoles, president of LSC-North Harris said, “I’m thrilled that students and faculty at our college have the opportunity to explore this topic in greater depth, as we are such a diverse campus.”

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.