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Centro Voices | Vol 3, Issue 1


Centro Voices is back. We have a lot of great stories to share and exciting events to tell you about. Read to find out more about what we've been up to. 

Puerto Rican Parades and Festivals: An Educational Platform In The Making


Puerto Rican parades and festivals have long played an integral role in engaging our communities across the United States. They also help to establish our presence and promote our shared cultural identity. Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans: Parades and Festivals is a conference hosted by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies that will the explore the potential for using cultural programming as an educational platform. (Registration is free, you can RSVP and sign up for more updates by clicking here).

Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans: Parades and Festivals will take place on December 3rd, 2016 at the Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem (The full program of events is available here). An array of speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by cultural organizations sponsoring and organizing parades and festivals in places such as Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Springfield, Orlando, and more. The overall conversation will focus on topics such as the celebration of Puerto Rican heritage, cultural and organizational sustainability, commercialization, social engagement, and year-round educational programs...


Remembering Carmen Pabón, La Madrina de Loisaida


Remembering Carmen Pabón
It was just this past October that the Carmen Pabón del Amanecer Jardín was inaugurated after seventeen years of delay. A ceremony was held at the East 7th and Avenue C location and the garden’s 94-year-old namesake was there help to cut the ribbon. Then, only a few weeks later, Carmen Pabón, known as “The Mother of Loisaida,” passed away, leaving behind six decades worth of community activism and social work.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1922, Pabón left the island for New York City in 1946 at the age of 23. She lived in the Bronx for those first few years, working in a factory to support herself and sending money to the twin sister who cared for her daughter. She went back to Puerto Rico for a few months in 1948 before returning to New York. After a short stint in Manhattan, Pabón was selected for the NYC housing lottery and moved to the Lower East Side in 1955 where she spent the rest of her life as a resident of...


Centro's Website Has a New Look


Have you seen the new Centro website?
On our new site, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the latest RESEARCH on Puerto Ricans in the United States, including a special report on the Puerto Rican electorate
  • View our calendar to learn about upcoming EVENTS, such as Saturday's conference
  • Browse EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES at Centro, including several postings for research associates
  • Check out Voices articles on pioneering figures such as baseball player Hiram Bithorn or Nuyorican jazz legend Willie Bobo. There are also recent profiles on musicians Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff and Luis Mojica Torres, founder of the Multicultural Music Group.


Dec. 7  Nationalist Heroines Book Event


In her latest book, Nationalist Heroines: Puerto Rican Women History Forgot 1930s-1950s, author Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim pays tribute to sixteen women, fifteen of which were persecuted and incarcerated for having participated or just seemed to have participated in the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico’s 1950s armed struggle, plus one who heroically survived the 1935 Ponce Massacre. She will be joined by commentators Katherine T. McCaffrey and Jason Cortes in a book presentation and discussion. The event will take place at Hunter College's Glass Café on December 7th. Click here to RSVP and to learn more.


Lastly, we're happy to announce that Centro Voices is officially open for submissions. Email us your work at centrovo@hunter.cuny.edu along with any additional concerns. We're looking for book reviews, artist profiles, event coverage, community reporting, and more.

That's all for this week. We'll be back in touch next week with more news and articles.


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