Welcome to another issue of Centro Voices. This week, we introduce you to a new podcast that gives a voice to the newest members of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Then, we share a short photo essay on a dance troupe from Vieques. There are also some event announcements this week. Author Jorge Duany will be presenting his new book Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs To Know. Several upcoming events will also address the centenary of the Jones Act of 1917. Lastly, the New York League of Puerto Rican Women is looking for scholarship applicants for its annual College Award. More information is available below. We hope you enjoy this week's offerings. 

Un jíbaro en USA is a Spanish-language podcast launched in June of 2016. The series focuses on interviews with new arrivals from the island, discussing their experience in joining the diaspora. After releasing eighteen episodes during its pilot season, the show is set to return for its second season in mid-February. Below is a Q&A with one of the founders, Roberto Rosa...


Fantasía Caribeña is a dance troupe from Vieques, Puerto Rico founded in 2009 by Marisa Santiago. In 2015, they marched in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Below is a short history of the group and what they represent for the community of Vieques. Also included are photos of their trip to New York City by photographer Adalirys Santos...


Meet The Author: Jorge Duany

This new book provides a succinct, authoritative introduction to the Island's rich history, culture, politics, and economy. The book begins with a historical overview of Puerto Rico, and delves into the demographic, economic, political, and cultural features of contemporary Puerto Rico-the inner workings of the Commonwealth government and the island's relationship to the United States. Lastly, the book explores the massive population displacement that has characterized Puerto Rico since the mid-20th century.


Save The Date: 100 Years of Puerto Rican American Citizenship

The Jones Act of 1917 provided for the collective naturalization of the residents of Puerto Rico. Congress subsequently enacted a "birthright" provision in the Nationality Act of 1940 granting a native-born status to Puerto Ricans. Yet, many policymakers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico erroneously believe or deceivingly propose that U.S. citizenship for island-born Puerto Ricans residing in Puerto Rico is contingent upon the resolution of the territorial status of Puerto Rico. In the special  Jones Act 100th Anniversary issue of CENTRO: The  Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, University of Connecticut Professor Charles Venator-Santiago and other experts demonstrate that Puerto Ricans' U.S. Citizenship is permanent and irreversible...  


The Puerto Rican Bar Association will host a series of programs on the Centennial Celebration of American Citizenship for the People of Puerto Rico, beginning with an event on March 15th at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse. Space is limited, RSVP by March 1, 2017.


NYLPRW Accepting Submissions for 2017 College Award Scholarship

The New York League of Puerto Rican Women is currently accepting applications for our 2017 CollegeAwards. These scholarships are granted annually to undergraduate Puerto Rican women selected for their academic excellence and service to the community. Applicants must send, by the deadline date of May 26, 2017, a completed College AwardApplication form to our address listed on the application, and an email copy to Rozmed@aol.com



Centro Voices

Centro Voices is open for rolling submissions for paid contributors! Send your work (800-1,500 words) along with any additional queries to centrovo@hunter.cuny.edu

We're looking to publish work related to the Puerto Rican experience here in the United States, including:

*Book reviews on Puerto Rican texts (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, academic)
*Puerto Rican cultural or historical essays
*Interviews with Puerto Rican artists (music, film, literature, etc.)
*Photo Essays focusing on Puerto Rican community and culture
*Community reporting cultural events or on organizations serving Puerto Rican neighborhoods 

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for more articles, more news, and more updates on all things related to the Puerto Rican diaspora!

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