Centro Town Hall
Bridging the Divides: Breaking Down the Mellon Grant


February 2, 2022
3:00pm - 4pm EST
4:00pm - 5pm (Puerto Rico AST)
Virtual Event


Gather around with us for a Centro Town Hall event on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at 3 PM EST. Centro’s Mellon grant coordinator, Cristel Jusino Díaz, and the Co-conveners of Centro’s new Decolonization Study Group for a brief discussion of Centro’s new program “Bridging the Divides” funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through the Mellon grant, Centro plans to form study groups that bring together academics, journalists, artists, and activists in an effort to develop and support benchmark publications, media productions, and artistic endeavors. Come find out more about the study groups and how you can be a part of bridging the divides!

For the complete call for applications visit HERE"



Dr. Yarimar Bonilla is the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She is also a Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies at Hunter College and in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (2015) co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm. (2019) and a founder of the Puerto Rico Syllabus Project. In addition, Yarimar is a prominent public intellectual and a leading voice in Caribbean and Latin-X politics. She writes a monthly column in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día titled “En Vaivén,” is a regular contributor to publications such as The Washington Post, The Nation, Jacobin, and The New Yorker, and a frequent guest on National Public Radio and news programs such as Democracy Now! Her current research—for which she was named a 2018-2020 Carnegie Fellow —examines the politics of recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the forms of political and social trauma that the storm revealed.

Dr. Efrén Rivera Ramos is a full professor at the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico, where he currently teaches courses and seminars on Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, and Law and Culture. He was Dean of the UPR Law School from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Rivera obtained a B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico, an LL.M. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from University College London. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University, the University of Ottawa (Canada), the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University, also in Barcelona. He is the author of The Legal Construction of Identity: The Judicial and Social Legacy of American Colonialism in Puerto Rico (APA Books, Washington DC, 2001) and of numerous chapters in collective works and articles in professional and academic journals on colonialism, the Insular Cases, self-determination, the political status of Puerto Rico, citizenship, cultural rights, the rights of refugees, democracy and rights, law and violence, equality, access to justice, the rule of law, freedom of information, and legal education, among other topics.

Cristel M. Jusino Díaz is the Mellon Study Group and Digital Humanities Coordinator at Centro. A scholar of Puerto Rican and Latin American literature, Cristel joins Centro from New York University, where she served as Assistant Director with the Graduate School of Arts and Science, with a focus on expanding access to graduate education in the humanities to under-represented students. She is passionate about digital humanities and previously held the position of Managing Editor of the journal emisférica at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, linking artistic and scholarly inquiries to politics and social justice. Cristel holds doctoral and masters degrees in Latin American Literature from New York University, where her Ph.D research focused on Latin American writers’ and artists’ work during the HIV-AIDS epidemic, with a particular focus on queer temporalities and archival practices, and subsequently taught on these subjects as Visiting Assistant Profressor in NYU's Latinx Studies program. She is a proud alumna of the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras where she earned a BA in Latin American Studies. As a researcher and educator in a broader Latinx Studies field, she strives to expand the understanding of Puerto Rican arts and culture through a wide variety of literary, artistic, and archival materials.


February 02, 2022 at 3:00pm - 4pm
Alex Allende Jason Alejandro Raul Garriga Charles Gonzales Miguel Reyes Jr. Alana Casanova-Burgess Noralis Rodriguez Roland Blasini Héctor Varela Rios Nydia Cabrera Cristina Rodriguez-Greenberg Alejandra Bronfman XiNomara Velazquez Yehuda Lydia Platon Estelí Capote Juan Cartagena Michael Aquino Paola Leon Larissa Santiago Dania Abreu-Torres Awilda Rodriguez Alejandro Epifanio Torres darryl chappell Bobby Rivera Maria Isabel Bryant Myrna Garcia Lisa Materson Christin Meador Orlando Hwernandez Norma Iris Burgos Ana zentella Sofia Cordova Dr. Manuel A. Moran Zadia Feliciano Andres Torres Angelina Ruiz Isabel Guzzardo Maria Dominguez Christopher Gregory-Rivera Aravind Adyanthaya Ada Bobonis Frances Medina Ricardo Hernandez David Galarza Lillian Manzor José Buscaglia Michelle Serrano Dozandri Mendoza

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