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2019 Observances: September

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15 through October 15. As defined by the Law Library of Congress, this month "celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their independence in September."

For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' National Hispanic Heritage Month page.


While we honor the intent of Hispanic Heritage Month, the SJR State Library also understands, as Stef Bernal-Martinez explained in Teaching Tolerance, that "we must also do the important work of understanding how and why the distinct histories of a multinational, multicultural and multilingual group of communities were consolidated into Hispanic heritage in the first place... Understanding the history behind these shifting identifications—and particularly the history of the word Hispanic—can help us better understand the challenges this term has created." The Library will strive to foster this understanding through it's curation of resources and features. 

LIBRARY EVENTS FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, 2019

#trendingtopics Film Series - Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Nations  (2014)

"Life on the Line tells the story of millions of children whose lived realities epitomize what mestiza-feminist theorist Gloria Anzaldua called "a struggle of borders" through a close-up look at one young girl who bravely tries to hold her family together in the face of great economic, social, emotional and political assault. As an antidote to the commonly xenophobic and dehumanizing public attitudes and policies surrounding illegal immigration, this film offers a heartfelt and humanizing portrait of a one of the most pressing issues of our time. This short film provides rich analytical fodder for teachers of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies classes to explore transnational families, hybrid consciousness, the quest for belonging, and the frequent dramaturgies of citizenship marked by rupture, liminality, heartbreak and hope."- Kanopy 

Running time: 27 minutes

This documentary is not rated. 

Screening Dates and Locations

September 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Palatka Campus Library, L219C

September 25, 2019 at 2:00 Orange Park Campus Library, L-111


#trendingtopics Film Series - Who is Dayani Cristal?: Stories of Crossing the Border  (2013)

"The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and actor Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border, providing rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

Winner of a World Cinema - Documentary Cinematography Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

"With its compellingly multifaceted approach, its earnest compassion and a celebrity presence in the form of the actor Gael Garcia Bernal, the documentary could be enlisted in the perennial battle over immigration law." - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times" - Kanopy

Running Time: 90 minutes

This documentary is not rated. 

Screening Date and Location

September 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.  St. Augustine Campus Library, L-112 


General Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Online Resources

www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov   "This Web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration."

The Hispanic Reading Room   This Library of Congress site "is the primary access point for research related to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania." 

About Hispanic Origin   An explanation from the U.S Census Bureau of the term "Hispanic or Latino" that is used by the agency as an ethnicity designation for data collection purposes.

Latino and Hispanic identities aren’t the same. They’re also not racial groups.   A resource recommended by Teaching Tolerance to help understand race and ethnicity specifically regarding the term Hispanic and Latinx. 

Latino Civil Rights Timeline, 1903 to 2006

Books at the SJR State Library about Hispanic Heritage & History 

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

Locations follow the call number. PAC = Palatka Campus Library  OPC = Orange Park Campus Library  SAC = St. Augustine Campus Library

These titles provide general information about the topic. For books by or about individuals, specific events, or related subjects, search the Library catalog.

eBooks at the SJR State Library about Hispanic Heritage & History 

eBooks are accessible to currently registered SJR State students, faculty, and staff. Access is granted after signing into MySJRstate and clicking oon the Library Catalog link. 

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2019 FEATURE The Work of Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez"

In her poetry and prose, Julia Alvarez (born 1950) has expressed her feelings about her immigration to the United States. She was born in New York City of Dominican parents, who returned to their native land with their newborn daughter. After her family's reimmigration to the United States when Alvarez was ten, she and her sisters struggled to find a place for themselves in their new world. Alvarez has used her dual experience as a starting point for the exploration of culture through writing.

Alvarez's most notable work, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, fictionally discusses her life in the Dominican Republic and the United States and the hardships her family faced as immigrants. Apparently the culmination of many years of effort, the 15 stories which make up the novel offer entertaining insights for a wide variety of potential readers that includes both Hispanics and non-Hispanics." - from "Julia Alvarez." Encyclopedia of World Biography Online, Gale, 1998. Biography In Context

Online Resources

About Me  The author's autobiography as provided on her web site

Julia Alvarez interview: In the time of discovery  "Julia Alvarez shares the key elements of her life and work as a novelist, poet and researcher"

By the Book: Julia Alvarez  New York Times interview from April 11, 2019 (Current SJR State students, faculty & staff can get free, unlimited access to the New York Times - here's how to register.) 

Q&A With Julia Alvarez  from 2014

THE ENTHUSIAST: In Praise of Julia Alvarez  New York Times piece from June 20, 2018 (Current SJR State students, faculty & staff can get free, unlimited access to the New York Times - here's how to register.) 

Julia Alvarez Talks About Her Experience as a Dual Citizen

Julia Alvarez To Receive 2013 National Medal Of The Arts  The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government 

Books at the SJR State Library by Julia Alvarez 

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

Locations follow the call number. PAC = Palatka Campus Library  OPC = Orange Park Campus Library  SAC = St. Augustine Campus Library

Books and eBooks at the SJR State Library About Julia Alvarez and Her Work

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

Locations follow the call number. PAC = Palatka Campus Library  OPC = Orange Park Campus Library  SAC = St. Augustine Campus Library

Please note: eBooks are only accessible to currently registered SJR State students, faculty, and staff via MySJRstate due to licensing restrictions.

Page created and maintained by Dr. Christina Will
Published: 9/2019
The 2019 events and features on this page will be not be updated.
The general resources box will be updated in September 2020.

Visit the Library's observances site.