On November 23rd, a full house at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center’s auditorium gathered for the screening of Empire of Dreams (1880-1942). An audience of 70, which included activists, teachers, and members of the NYU community, watched this insightful documentary from the PBS series ‘Latino Americans’, about the history of the first waves of Latin American immigrants to the U.S. The screening inspired an interesting conversation between the audience and our panelists for the night, Maribel Hernandez Rivera (Executive Director of Legal Initiatives at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs), and Juan González (award-winning journalist, author, and 2015 Andrés Bello Chair of Latin American Cultures and Civilization). Interesting questions around the level of information within the general public about immigration history and issues, the economics of immigration vs. changes in demographics, and how current politics will drive the immigration debate, guided an engaged conversation.
Join us for the last screening of the Indocumentales series on December 17 at 6:30pm, when we will be showing the award-winning film La Jaula de Oro.