Past Event

Stories of Art & Activism in Chicago's Latino Community

Detail from Segundo Ruiz muralThis event will feature episode 6 from the series Latino Americans, “Peril & Promise,” which emphasizes the theme of Latino civic engagement. These are valuable stories, but Chicago’s Latino communities often get overlooked in these national narratives.

Because of this, the panel discussion that follows the documentary will provide a forum for local leaders to tell their stories about art and activism in the Windy City.


Teresa Puente, Columbia College’s journalism department


Ada López, author, “Asi Somos / Who We Are”
José Ángel Navejas, author, “Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant”
Jose Cha Cha Jimenez, civic activist, found of the Young Lords in Chicago


This Illinois Humanities program is supported, in part, by a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library  Association (ALA). This fourth installment of a series of programs about the past, present and future of Latinos in the United States is presented in partnership with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.

This facility is wheelchair accessible. If you require any other arrangements to fully participate, please let us know – email or call (312) 422-5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event.