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Upcoming Programs in Springfield Focus on Latin-American Culture

Springfield-Greene County Libraries

In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Leslie Carrier talks with Gay Wilson, planning and development librarian for the Springfield-Greene County Library District, about upcoming programs focuses on the Ozarks' Latino community.

Latino Americans make up more than 50 million people in the United States.   In Greene County, even though the Latino population is only at 3.5%, there is a strong presence and sense of community. 
Wilson says the library has partnered with the Missouri Humanities Council to host a series of programs to raise awareness of the Latino community and how they have helped to shape this country.  
The programs include a dance program performed by the Grupo Latinoamericano Dance Troupe, a screening of the biopic “Cesar Chavez,” and a showing of the PBS documentary “Latino Americans:  500 Years of History.” The documentary will be followed by a post-movie discussion led by Dr. John Chuchiak, professor of Colonial Latin American History at Missouri State University.  All events will take place in the Library Center auditorium.

The free programs will be held at the Library Center:

Friday November 13 at 6 pm:  Grupo Latino Americano Dance Troupe

Monday November 16 at 6 pm for kids 13 and older:  Cesar Chavez Screening

Tuesday November 17 at 6 pm for adults:  A screening of PBS's "Foreigners in their own Land"

For details about the programs, click here.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.