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Centro Voices | Vol 3, Issue 5


We're getting an early start on the New Year with our first issue of Centro Voices. This week, check out a map and comprehensive list of upcoming Three Kings Day and San Sebastian Festivals across the country. We also have a Q&A with Peggy Robles-Alvarado, author of the new book The Abuela Stories Project. Then catch up on PR Voices with an episode recap of the sixth episode of the 3rd season. Segments include interviews with Sonia Manzano and Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator of La Borinqueña. Also, be sure to check out our call for submissions and information available on 2017-18 scholarships, research grants, and internships.

2017 List of Three Kings Day and La SanSe Celebrations 


Three Kings Day is a well-established tradition among Puerto Rican and Latino communities throughout the United States (and one that is gaining in momentum). Every year, more and more celebrations are planned, with 2017 being no different; which is why Centro has compiled a list of upcoming festivals, parades, and parrandas–over thirty overall (and counting), in over a dozen cities. Of note are the growing number of festivities celebrating Las fiestas de la calle San Sebastián (abbreviated as La SanSe), which for many Puerto Ricans signals the end of the holiday season...



Last month, Bronx poet, writer, and educator Peggy Robles-Alvarado celebrated the launch of The Abuela Stories Project with an event held at the Bronx Museum. Three years in the making, the book explores and expands on the notion of what it means to be an abuela through poetry, prose, and photography. Centro Voices reached out via email to learn more about the project...


PR Voices S3E6: Superheroes & Icons

PR Voices S3E6

The Puerto Rican community is blessed to have many heroes and icons to look up to, in various fields no less. In this week's episode of Puerto Rican Voices, we spend time with the legendary with author and Sesame Street alum Sonia Manzano. Then we take the hero label quite literally: an interview with Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator of the Afro-Boricua superheroine La Borinqueña. We also take a look at the recent Café Con Comics exhibit hosted at the Centro Library & Archives in our last segment...


2017-2018 Call for Applications: Inter-University Program for Latino Research 

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2017-18). The program supports ABD doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latina/o studies. Doctoral students in the social sciences whose research uses humanities methods may also be considered. The fellowship facilitates completion of the dissertation and provides professional development, job market support, and mentoring for students who will graduate in Spring 2018. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and travel support to attend IUPLR conferences and a required two-week summer institute in Chicago. With support from the Andrew G. Mellon Foundation, IUPLR will select fellows through five designated research centers, including The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. 


The NPRDP is now accepting Scholarship applications for 2017! 


The NPRDP will award one hundred (100), $2,000 scholarships to exceptional high school seniors and college/university students who are of Puerto Rican descent and giving back to their communities. Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge, where the NPRDP will select the 2017 Princess, Prince, Duke and Duchess of the Parade. All applications  are due by Monday, February 20, 2017. Letters of recommendations and sealed transcripts must be submitted by February 27, 2017 to be considered.


Applications for CHCI’s Spring, Fall and Summer Congressional Internship Programs are now open!

More Scholarships

CHCI is seeking full-time undergraduate students who are interested in participating in the CHCI Summer Congressional Internship Program. Selected individuals will receive an unmatched experience, learning first-hand about our nation’s legislative process while working for a member of Congress and receiving weekly leadership programming from CHCI. 2017 Congressional Internship Deadlines: Summer: January 20, 2017; Fall: April 21, 2017


 Centro Voices Is Open For Submissions!

Centro Voices

Centro Voices is open for rolling submissions! Send your work (700-1000 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
*Cultural or Historical Essays
*Community Organizations
*Artist Profiles
*Music Writing
*Photo Essays
*Community Reporting

That’s it for this week. We hope you’re 2017 is off to a good start. Stay tuned for more articles, more news, and more updates on all things related to the Puerto Rican diaspora!


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