Centro Town Hall
Bridging the Divides: Breaking Down the Mellon Grant
February 2, 2022
3:00pm - 4pm EST
4:00pm - 5pm (Puerto Rico AST)
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.WHENFebruary 02, 2022 at 3:00pm
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The Puerto Rican Status Archives Project:
A History of Federal Status Legislation for Puerto Rico, 1898 to the present
Between the 56th (1898) and 117th (2021) Congresses, federal lawmakers debated more than 140 bills providing for the resolution of Puerto Rico’s territorial status. The Puerto Rico Status Archives Project (PRSAP) is an initiative to create a public repository of documents addressing the history of the political status legislation for Puerto Rico. This webinar provides an overview of some of the preliminary findings of our initial effort to analyze all the federal status legislation debated in Congress. This webinar is meant to introduce the public to the PRSAP and its potential uses.
Author: Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Associate Professor with a Joint Appointment, Department of Political Science & El Instituto, University of Connecticut
Commentator: José Javier Colón Morera, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico
Charles R. Venator-Santiago is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and El Instituto at the University of Connecticut. He works on questions of U.S. territorial law and policy. He is the coordinator of the Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project (https://scholarscollaborative.org/PuertoRico/).
- Hostages of Empire: A Short History of the Extension of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Rico, 1898 to the Present/Rehenes del imperio: Breve historia de la extension de la ciudadanía estadounidense a Puerto Rico, 1898 al presente (Editorial Universidad del Este, forthcoming 2018).
- Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire: The Disembodied Shade (Routledge, 2015) (Reviewed and Recommended by CHOICE: http://bit.ly/1Qh9frH)
Articles of Note
- “Are Puerto Ricans Really American Citizens?” The Conversation (hyperlink: https://theconversation.com/are-puerto-ricans-really-american-citizens-73723)
- “Territorial Citizenship Today: Four Interpretations” PS: Political Science and Politics 50 (2) (April 2017): 515-519. (U.S.) (Political Science)
- “A Note on Jesús T. Piñero and the Polemics of U.S. Citizenship for Puerto Ricans During the Decade of 1940,” Ámbito de Encuentros 9 (2) (2016): 7-22. (Puerto Rico) (Interdisciplinary)
- “Extending Citizenship to Puerto Rico, The Three Traditions of Inclusive Exclusion,” CENTRO: Journal of Puerto Rican Studies 25 (1) (2013): 50-75. (U.S.) (Puerto Rican Studies)
- “Marriage and the Expatriation of Puerto Rican Women: A Note on the Extension of the Cable Act of 1922 to Puerto Rico,” Latino(a) Research Review 8 (1-2) (2012): 231-246. (U.S.) (Latino Studies)
Contact: [email protected]
Javier Colon Morera is a Puerto Rican Political Scientist who has extensively researched the political status question and human rights issues regarding Puerto Rico’s territorial status. He was Chairman of the Political Science Department at the UPR-Río Piedras Campus and teaches courses and seminars on Puerto Rico-United States political relations, Human Rights, and international relations. His book, Puerto Rico y los derechos humanos: Una intersección plural, Ediciones Callejón, 2012, 2016, co-edited with Idsa Alegría Ortega, was recognized by the PEN Club of Puerto Rico as the best collective non-fiction book of the year.
Colon Morera has published extensively on US-PR relations in journals such as PS, Caribbean Studies, Latin American Perspectives, Nueva Sociedad, among others. At the present time Colón Morera is involved in a research initiative of the University of Puerto Rico about the implications of the one hundred anniversary of Balzac v. Porto Rico, one of the most relevant insular cases of the US Supreme Court. Contact: [email protected]
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Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassadors Program and Engagement through Education
Centro is the primary academic institute producing research on the conditions of stateside Puerto Ricans, preserving their heritage by maintaining a library and archives. Centro education programs focus on the development of curriculum and educational materials, such as videos, posters, and teaching guides, which disseminate and promote the use of historical and cultural heritage content for colleges, middle and high schools, and the general public. These tools help teachers and students learn about Centro’s vast archival collections and promote Puerto Rican studies. Our web-based open courseware, videoconferences, and other pedagogical resources provide the necessary supports for classroom success.
Centro’s Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassadors Program is a free, self-paced, multimedia online course in Puerto Rican history, culture, and traditions, with a focus on the migration experience of the stateside diaspora. The goal of the program is to inspire the next generation of Puerto Rican leaders to become a driving force of change for themselves and their communities. The program engages youth and educational institutions in promoting the teaching and learning of our heritage. Participants not only gain knowledge but also develop leadership, research, and presentation skills.
After enrolling online, participants complete a number of assignments that include viewing the Pioneers/Pioneros Documentary Series; complete reading assignments on Puerto Rican history, culture, and traditions; and learn key dates and historical events that have shaped the diasporic experience. At the end of each lesson, participants are required to complete and pass a short quiz. Upon successful completion of all required lessons, the participant receives a certificate of completion and designation as a Cultural Ambassador.
Beginning March 2018, participants who have completed the course will be eligible to enroll in the next series of lessons. In this series, participants will learn how to access and use our teaching guides, educational and curriculum tools, archival collections, and other library resources.
We are proud that the Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassadors Program has been incorporated in history courses in schools, colleges and libraries.
We encourage all educators to include this web-based open courseware in their curriculums.
Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Bootcamp
Centro will sponsor a one- day Cultural Ambassador Bootcamp with schools and other partners that would like to offer an intensive tutorial to review all components of the course.
Participants are required to complete the online course and then be prepared to demonstrate mastery at the Bootcamp. Facilitators modeled presentation and engagement techniques that participants could replicate with their peers.
Participants that complete both the online and the on-site components are awarded a Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Certificate.
Puerto Rican Heritage Teaching Toolkit
Pioneers/Pioneros: Documentary Series featuring Pura Belpré: Storyteller, A Revolt through Letters: Clemente Soto Vélez, the Legacy of Frank Bonilla, and Plena is Song; Plena is work. The documentaries tell the stories of important pioneers of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Each documentary has an accompanying teaching guide available online.
History of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. (Open courseware)
Open courseware makes core teaching materials available online. Our online course Teaching U.S. Puerto Rican History includes a comprehensive overview of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States, incorporating the most recent scholarship on the subject.
Puerto Rican Heritage Poster Series
Our poster series documents the history of Puerto Rican migration and the experiences and contributions of Puerto Ricans to U.S. society. The seven posters provide an attractive visual educational tool for teachers, professionals, and anyone interested in the great history of Puerto Rico. These posters are complementary to the courseware.
Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Brief Chronology
This booklet, based on the poster series described above, provides a complementary educational tool for teachers and others to use in the classroom or community settings, and to introduce students to major events, themes and concepts that are important to understand Puerto Rican history. The chronology also accompanies the courseware.
For more information on becoming a Cultural Ambassador please fill out the form below or email [email protected]
Centro is creating an online community to strengthen the network of stateside Puerto Rican communities. Our nation will connect organizations across the country who are working to address Puerto Rico’s economic and humanitarian crisis.
Why join? The Center for Puerto Rican Studies is the only academic research institute solely devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. When you join us, you tap into a network of individuals and organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico with the shared interest of linking data and scholarship to policy and social action. You'll be subscribed to our Voices newsletter, featuring the latest news affecting our community and interesting profiles of members of our diaspora. You'll also receive invitations to special events.Sign up
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