Spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month

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    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., center, conducts a news conference with Hispanic leaders.
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    Sonia Sotomayor 
    Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice in the nation's history, speaks with President Obama in the Oval Office.
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    Rita Hayworth 
    Rita Hayworth (1918-1987). - Nee Margarita Cansino. American cinema actress and dancer.
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    Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957), both Mexican artists.
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    Rita Moreno 
    Rita Moreno as the memorable Anita in the classic 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story.
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    Severo Ochoa 
    Nobel Prize winner Severo Ochoa was a Spanish-US biochemist best known DNA and RNA research.
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    Desi Arnaz 
    Cuban-born American actor Desi Arnaz in an episode of "I Love Lucy" with real life wife Lucille Ball.
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    Joan Baez 
    American folk singer and musician Joan Baez (b. 1941) performs during the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.
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    Cesar Chavez 
    Cesar Chavez (1927 - 1993), the leader of the UFW (United Farm Workers) and a prominent Chicano spokesman.
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    Spanish-American poet and philosopher George Santayana.
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    Ellen Ochoa was selected as an astronaut in 1990 and was the first Hispanic-American woman in space.
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    Isabel Allende 
    Peruvian born writer Isabel Allende, author of many popular novels including "Zorro" and "The House of the Spirits".

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Focus on Hispanic Heritage Month

Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Sept. 15 — Oct. 15
An interesting and informative fact sheet put together by the U.S. Census Bureau that draws upon census data to highlight new and changing demographics. Detailing a range of subject areas, including military service, education, language, business, and state by state statistics, this is an excellent resource for learning more about the flourishing Hispanic American community. Did you know 12.8% of all U.S. residents over the age of 5 spoke Spanish at home?
In Your Library: Hispanic Studies
Browse the library’s collection of materials about Hispanic culture, like the Encyclopedia Latina, as well as works by Hispanic authors, like Cool Salsa: Bilingual poems about growing up Latino in the United States. The library has over 300 resources about Hispanics and by Hispanics in its collection.
Hispanic Heritage Cultural Tour
Put together by the Smithsonian Institution, this website features an interactive, multimedia tour experience through Hispanic history and culture. The tour includes 12 objects from the Smithsonian’s collection that highlight different aspects of Latino life as well a timeline, quizzes, activities, and additional resources.
Fuente Academica
Fuente Academica contains scholarly articles from locations like Latin America, Portugal, and Spain. Drawing from over 450 publications from 18 different countries, this database covers a wide range of subjects, including science, education, psychology, economics, and health and medicine. Providing access to the full text of articles, Fuente Academica is a comprehensive research resource.
Last update: Thursday, 05 December, 2013 16:04