“Latinos in US History” will be the subject of a lecture given by Dr. J. Michael Rhyne at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Urbana University Swedenborg Memorial Library, 579 College Way. The event and parking are free.
Rhyne will give an overview of the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino/Latina,” colonial origins of Latinos in North America, border relations and conflicts that brought more Latinos into the United States.
“As the introduction to the exhibit says, ‘this is a 500 year story,” so my talk will provide a brief overview of those 500 years,” he said.
Rhyne holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, where his major area of concentration was American history. He has taught courses in U.S. History and U.S. Social & Cultural History. He has participated in numerous public history programs as project director, commentator and invited lecturer.
Urbana University is hosting the traveling exhibit “Latinos in Rural America (LIRA)” in the campus library. For details about other events associated with the free exhibit, see the website http://urbana.libguides.com/LIRA. Until Sept. 27, the exhibit will be open Mondays-Thursdays 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays 7-9 p.m.
The LIRA project was made possible with support from Ohio Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Digital Scholarship program, the Mount Vernon-Knox County Community Foundation and the Kenyon College Summer Scholars Program.