Welcome to another edition of the Centro Voices Newsletter: Holiday Edition™. Check out new stories, Centro updates, job openings, and more.
Essential Boricua Reading List for the 2016 Holiday Season
For the third year in a row, Centro brings you a list of Puerto Rican books just in time for the holiday season. So if you're still looking for gift ideas (and you've already checked out Centro's online store
), then you're in luck. We’ve selected over 25 titles, in English and Spanish, and divided them into sections such as literary fiction, non-fiction, academia, poetry, sports, and more. This is by no means a comprehensive list, we encourage readers to tell us about those that we missed. FYI, all the books are available for online purchase, and each title has an hyperlink to to either the publisher’s page or to that of an internet verndor. There is also a short description of the book, as it appears on the publisher’s webpage. We hope you enjoy the list and have a wonderful holiday season...
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In this episode, Puerto Rican Voices brings you three examples of what it means to build community, whether it be through ethical business practices, creative entrepreneurship, representation in TV, film, and media, or a regional diaspora summit. The first segment features trailblazing designer Auralís Herrero, whose eco-friendly fashions have made waves both in New York City and Puerto Rico. Next, we spend some time with actor, writer, and director Victor Cruz, who released his first feature length film in 2015. And lastly, check out a short recap of our New England Diaspora Summit conference, which was held in Holyoke, MA this past September...
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A Promise Fulfilled: A Conversation with Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, Historian and Author of "A Surprise for Teresita / Una Sorpresa Para Teresita"
I recently had the privilege of interviewing Virginia Sanchez-Korrol about her new picture book published by Arte Público Press, A Surprise for Teresita / Una sorpresa para Teresita (2016). The book centers on the story of a little girl and her family, experiencing the everyday joys of life in a Puerto Rican diaspora neighborhood. Sanchez Korrol, a renowned historian, told me why she wrote the book and reflected on the power of children’s books for providing young audiences with an important sense of history...
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New on the Centro Website
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 new research briefs on "Some Social Differences on the Basis of Race Among Puerto Ricans" and "Puerto Rican Households in the U.S."
- Learn more about Centro's recently launched Cultural Ambassador Program.
- Browse EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES at Centro, including several full-time researcher positions with full benefits. Earliest start date for all positions is Jan. 30, 2017. Research Associate (post-doctoral)-Ideal candidate is a recent Ph.D. grad with a "post-doc" project for completion, such as converting a dissertation into a book, publishing chapters of a dissertation in peer-referred journals, etc. English/Spanish fluency required. Appointment will be for one academic year. Research Assistant-Supports research projects and activities of Centro director by assisting in quantitative data management, including data and database collection, reduction, formatting and maintenance as well as data analysis. Research Associate (multiple positions)-These are non-tenure track positions. Employment is from year to year up to a maximum of 2-3 years. Click for full job descriptions and application procedures. Contact José de Jesús with immediate questions: 212-772-5706 or email@example.com
Winter Crafts Market at El Museo del Barrio
PRIDA, a project of Comité Noviembre, is teaming up with El Museo to host a Winter Crafts Market on Saturday, December 17th. From 12-4pm, drop by the museum to pick up gifts for the whole family. Free admission. More information at elmuseo.org
Centro Voices Is Open For Submissions!
Centro Voices is open for submissions! Send your work (700-1000 words) along with any additional queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
We're looking to publish work related to the Puerto Rican experience here in the United States, including:
*Cultural or Historical Essays
That’s it for this week. We hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. Stay tuned for more articles, more news, and more updates on all things related to the Puerto Rican diaspora!