Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library is hosting “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a free, six-week series on Latino Americans .

The series is offered in conjunction with the Tangipahoa Parish Library and the Hammond Regional Arts Center. It will feature two documentary film screenings with scholar-led discussions about the history of Latino Americans from 1946 to 1980, lectures on Latino American arts, a reading for children and a dance demonstration.

Foreign languages instructor Marianna Kunow will serve as the project scholar, leading the video discussions and providing a reading at the parish library. Programs include:

THURSDAY: “From Zorro to Machete: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood,” Dr. Jason Landrum, 2 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: “The Mexican Muralists and Chicano Variations,” Dr. Marianna Kunow, Hammond Regional Arts Center, 5 p.m.

MARCH 2: “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980),” video and discussion, 6:30 p.m.

MARCH 5: Latin American dance demonstration, Javier’s Dance Company, Tangipahoa Parish Library, Ponchatoula Branch, 1 p.m.

MARCH 10: “Chicano Rock and the Influence of Latino Music on Rock Stars,” Dr. Joe Burns, 2 p.m.

MARCH 16: “Latinas on Broadway,” Eric Johnson, 12:30 p.m.

MARCH 19: Children’s reading, Tangipahoa Parish Library, Hammond Branch, 1 p.m.

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

For information, call Sims Library Director Eric Johnson at (985) 549-3962 or email