Paul Robeson Library Presents Documentary Chronicling History of Latinos in the United States


By Tom McLaughlin

The Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University–Camden and the Nilsa Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch of the Camden County Library will present free, public screenings of an award-winning documentary chronicling the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to the present day.

Episodes of the six-part PBS documentary, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, will be presented from Saturday, Sept. 12, to Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Nilsa Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

The series will begin with a screening of “Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

The remaining screenings will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesdays, as follows:

WebButton_230Sept. 15: “Episode 2: Empire of Dreams”

Sept. 22: “Episode 3: War and Peace”

Sept. 29: “Episode 4: The New Latinos”

Oct. 6: “Episode 5: Prejudice and Pride”

Oct. 13: “Episode 6: Peril and Promise”

Lorrin Thomas, chair of the Department of History and an associate professor of history at Rutgers–Camden, will lead a discussion of episodes 3 and 4, and Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers–Camden, will lead a discussion of the final episode.

For a guide on each episode, visit

The screenings are made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The Nilsa Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch is located at 301 North Fifth Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

For more information, contact Zara Wilkinson at (856) 225-2831.

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