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Centro Voices | Vol 3, Issue 13


As you may or may not be aware, this month marked the 100th anniversary of the Jones Act. For artist Adrian Viajero Roman, it was an opportunity to bring 100 artists together to explore the history of the US-Puerto Rican relationship. Read our Q&A with him on the recent CitiCien exhibit. Next, Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera debunks the myth that Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in order to recruit soldiers to fight in WWI. Then, check out a list of upcoming events focusing on the Jones Act. Finally, see what's new on the Centro website, including job opportunities, research briefs, and information on some upcoming Centro-sponsored events. We've also provided information on scholarship and grants available. Thanks for checking in. Feel free to share the newsletter with friends (web browser version is available above).

In early March, Defend PR, a multimedia arts collective, inaugurated a new traveling art exhibition entitled CitiCien at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center in New York City, to bring awareness to the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Jones Act. One hundred Puerto Rican artists contributed artwork to the exhibit, each in their own way exploring the US-Puerto Rico relationship. We interviewed Adrian Viajero Roman, curator of CitiCien, to learn more about the exhibition...


We just crossed that threshold, the centenary of the Jones-Shafroth Act, which among many other things, extended U.S. citizenship to the people of Porto Rico on March 2, 1917. A century later we still hear the tired opinion that it happened just so Puerto Ricans could be drafted into the U.S. military to be used as cannon fodder. Nothing further from the truth.


Save The Date: 100 Years of Puerto Rican American Citizenship

Here is a list of upcoming events, including an event on April 5th to be held at the Hunter College Roosevelt House. For more information, click on any of the dates below to view a flyer or click the registration link to learn more about the event and RSVP via the Centro Nation Builder Website.

March 28, 2017 University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR at 7:30 p.m.

March 29, 2017 Colegio de Abogados, Miramar, PR at 7:00 p.m.

March 30, 2017 Barry University, Orlando, FL at 5:00 p.m.  

***April 5, 2017 Roosevelt House, Hunter College, NYC at 6:00 p.m. 

April 6, 2017 National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC at 6:00 p.m.


This book recounts the genesis of the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia during the interwar years (1917-1945) and connects the origins of this community to the mass migration of the post-WW II years when Puerto Ricans consolidated their presence in Philadelphia (1945-1985). This study compares the experiences of Puerto Ricans with that of the Italians, the Polish, and African Americans in Philadelphia during the early twentieth century...

Date & Time: March 29, 2017 at 6pm—8pm


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


 New on the Centro Website

Centro Voices Seeking New Contributors

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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