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  • rsvped +1 for Afternoon Tertulia Decolonizing Solidarity 2021-10-16 20:35:31 -0400

    Afternoon Tertulia
    Decolonizing Solidarity:
    Black and Puerto Rican History in Action

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88582184707?pwd=MVhKVXlCU0NMQllhb2w0TXFaR3N5QT09


    Grab your snacks and join us for another Afternoon Tertulia on October 27th at 5PM EST! October 27th, 1974 marks a historical event at Madison Square Garden between the African American community and the Puerto Rican community in support of decolonizing Puerto Rico. These communities have worked together in the past and continue to work together today in their collective struggles against oppression and colonization.

    Join Juan Gonzalez, Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, James Early, and Centro Directora Yarimar Bonilla to celebrate this anniversary & in continuing the discussion that started in the 70s.

    This event is put on in partnership with Friends of Puerto Rico & Boricuas Unidos en La Diaspora


    Juan González has been a prominent social activist, journalist, and scholar for more than fifty years. A staff columnist for New York’s Daily News from 1987 until 2016, he has also been the familiar co-host of the progressive daily news show Democracy Now for the past twenty-five years, and is currently the Richard D. Heffner Professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

    His investigative reports have garnered numerous accolades, including two George Polk awards for commentary and a Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

    González is author of five books, including the classic Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, and News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, a New York Times best-seller and a finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

    A founder and past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, González was the first Latino to be named to the Society of Professional Journalists’ New York Journalism Hall of Fame and has also been elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of History.
    During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a founder and leader of the New York Young Lords, and was chief organizer and the first president of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights.

    Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he was raised in East Harlem and received his B.A. degree from Columbia University, where he was a leader of the historic 1968 Columbia student strike against the Vietnam War.

     

    Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, is a lawyer, feminist activist, and human rights advocate. Her activism has been focused on the fight against racism and discrimination against women, sexual orientation and gender identity, among others. Her trajectory includes being a co-founder of several important organizations dedicated to these causes.

    She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico and has been an adjunct professor at the Interamerican University Law School in San Juan. She is the author of articles, essays, short stories, and poetry that have been published in anthologies and newspapers both in Puerto Rico and internationally.

    In conjunction with Doctor Elizabeth Crespo Kebler, she published the book Documents of Feminism in Puerto Rico: Facsimiles of History. This book about the feminists movements of the 70’s is considered an important contribution to the study of the role of women in the history of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
    She is a member of the Consultative Council of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Human Rights and the Consultative Council for the Afro Latin American, Afro Caribbean, and Diaspora Women’s Network. President of the Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Bar Association) for the years 2012-2014.

    Former President of the Movimiento Victoria Ciudadana political party for which she is currently Minority Speaker and Senator at Large in the Puerto Rico Senate and President of the Senate Committee for Human Rights and Labor Matters..

     

     


    James Counts Early, Consultant/Social Justice Organizing,
    Cultural Democracy and Statecraft Heritage Policy in Capitalist and Socialist movements and countries,The African Diapora; [email protected] (202) 744-2682

    Former Smithsonian Institution:
    Assistant Secretary for Education and Public Service;
    Director Cultural Heritage Policy Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Interim Director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum (Prototype of the American Neighborhood Museum).

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK—PAST-PRESENT
    Puerto Rico D. C. Solidarity Chair and National Board Member;
    Past Chair and current Board Member Institute for Policy Studies; Artist, Intellectuals, Social Movements in Defense of Humanity;Advisor Regional Articulation of Afro Descendants
    Latin America and Caribbean;

    Prior to work with the Smithsonian, James Early was a humanist administrator at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC; a producer, writer, and host of "Ten Minutes Left," a weekly radio segment of cultural, educational, and political interviews and commentary at WHUR FM radio, Howard University; and a research associate for programs and documentation at the Howard University Institute for the Arts and humanities, Washington, DC.

     


    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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88582184707?pwd=MVhKVXlCU0NMQllhb2w0TXFaR3N5QT09

     

    This event is put on in partnership with Friends of Puerto Rico & Boricuas Unidos en La Diáspora

     

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  • rsvped for Forceful Females 2021-06-10 14:25:48 -0400

    Forceful Females:
    Leading Artists from the Centro Archives

    This webinar examines the careers and accomplishments of Genoveva de Arteaga (1898-1991), Anita Vélez-Mitchell (1916-2015) and Tina Ramírez (b.1928) –three remarkable Puerto Rican artists that made important contributions in the fields of music, dance, theater and literature. This presentation, and its companion Centro digital exhibit, aim to bring visibility to the artistic and intellectual endeavors of these remarkable Puerto Rican women. The presenters will reflect on how the dynamics of gender and identity play an important part in the representation of women in Puerto Rican history. The webinar will also discuss how archival research and materials from Centro Collections enable a dialogue that recognizes the contributions of women artists and their inclusion in the master narratives of history.

    Author: Dr. Noraliz Ruiz, Ethnomusicologist and member of Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico

    Commentator: Dr. Noel Allende Goitía, Independent Scholar and Researcher, and Associate Fellow in the Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico

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    Dr. Noraliz Ruiz,, Ethnomusicologist and member of Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico 

    Noraliz Ruiz holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology-Musicology from Kent State University. Her research focuses on the Puerto Rican lutes: cuatro, tiple and bordonúa; particularly in the continuity and change of the instruments’ tradition and performance practice. She has also conducted research about underground music scenes in Puerto Rico and the production of indie pop, electronic and new music on the island. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the popular music program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Noraliz is a member of the electronic indie band Balún, a co-founder of the children’s music group Acopladitos and an associate researcher of Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico.   Contact: [email protected]

    Dr. Noel Allende Goitía, Independent Scholar and Researcher, and Associate Fellow in the Colectivo de Estudios Musicales de Puerto Rico

    Noel Allende-Goitía is an independent scholar and researcher. At the Metropolitan Campus of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, he coordinated the Puerto Rican Music Studies and Research Center and the music graduate program. He has a B.M. in Voice from the Music Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and an M.A. in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He made a postgraduate study in Musicology at the Center of Studies and Development on Cuban Music (1992), in Cuba, with Zoila Gómez and graduated from Michigan State University with a Ph. D. in Music with a major in composition and a minor in ethnomusicology and a researcher fellow at the African Diaspora Research Project under the leadership of the late Dr. Ruth S. Hamilton. Allende-Goitía has published books in Puerto Rico music’s social and cultural history, music instruction and music historiography. His works in Music/Culture Social History have been presented at national and international conferences in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Spain, the United States, US Virgin Islands, Mexico, and Ghana.  Contact:  [email protected]

     

    More on Anita Vélez Mitchell:

    Website of the award-winning musical, “Temple of the Souls” 

    https://www.templeofthesouls.com/

    Poetry book written by Anita Vélez-Mitchell, her daughter Gloria Vando, and granddaughter Anika, Woven Voices. 

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet-books/2012/04/woven-voices

    Documentary film featuring Anita by filmmaker Claire Panke

    https://lightyearsfilm.com/

     

     

    Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 5:00 PM EST | 4:00 PM CST

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  • rsvped for Puerto Rican Women from the Jazz Age 2021-03-08 10:36:02 -0500

    Meet the Author:
    Basilio Serrano-"Puerto Rican Women from the Jazz Age: Stories of Success”

    About the Book

    The topic of this book may seem unusual to some since there may be those who believe that Puerto Rican women may not have entered the jazz milieu during its early history. Nevertheless, an aim of the book is to dispel this and other false generalizations. The contents of this volume documents how Puerto Rican women were not only present in early jazz but how they played trailblazing and innovative roles and contributed to the emergence of the genre in the States and abroad. This work presents information that is confirmable through a variety of sources.

    The book may not be the definitive work on the subject but serves as a starting point to:

    • document the success and achievement of several Puerto Rican women from the jazz age
    • consider the different strategies used for success in jazz and film by women
    • illustrate the evolution of various careers
    • consider the different personal circumstances under which success was achieved
    • consider how women in contemporary jazz and film can learn from their predecessors
    • provide women: older, young, and youthful, examples of success with documentary evidence on how to achieve Book Organization

    The book is organized into sections that cover a brief history of significant Puerto Rican women in music and the performing arts followed by biographical descriptions of pioneering women in jazz and film. Throughout the text there is commentary on the situations facing women, especially, male chauvinism, colonialism, racism, and anti-women prejudice in jazz.

    Every effort was made to include only facts that are easily confirmable. Unsupported tales or questionable events are avoided to ensure that the material contained in the volume can be used for teaching purposes and for curriculum development when credit is given to this work. In the process of developing the central theme of this volume, special effort was made to document those experiences where Puerto Rican women collaborate with members of the African American community to confirm how the cross-cultural collaboration resulted beneficial to both ethnic peoples.

    The book details the many instances where members of the African American community assisted the fledgling Puerto Rican artists achieve success and stardom. Figures such as Helen Elise Smith, David J. Martin, Will Marion Cook, Ada 'Bricktop' Smith, Dr. Laurence Clifton Jones, and other distinguished African Americans are described.

     


    Author: Basilio Serrano, Prof. Emeritus of SUNY College at Old Westbury

    Commentator: Tomas Peña,  Editor-in-Chief, Jazzdelapena.com; Journalist and Contributor

    About the Author

    Basilio Serrano was born in San Sebastián, Puerto Rico. He moved to Brooklyn, New York as a child, where he began attending school and subsequently relocated to the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his family (where he spent most of his youth). He attended City College (CCNY – City University of New York) where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and went on to receive a PhD from New York University. Dr. Serrano is a professor emeritus and former chair of the Childhood Education Department of the State University of New York – College at Old Westbury.

    In addition to educating teachers, Professor Serrano has served as a curriculum writer specializing in Latin American Studies (LAS). His extensive work in the LAS field has led him to research many facets of the Latin American experience in the United States, in particular, the Puerto Rican Diaspora and the Boricuas’ wide range of experiences in the States.

    In recent years, Dr. Serrano has conducted in-depth investigations into the role of the Puerto Rican in the development of popular music and jazz. The result of this research has been documented in his seminal book on Juan Tizol, and an assortment of other related articles and writings. Moreover, he has written articles on the history of the Puerto Rican community in the United States as well as biographical essays on musicians in the world of jazz. His publications appear in academic journals and magazines published in the United States and Puerto Rico.

    About the Commentator
    Tomas Peña will serve as commentator for this event. Tomas is Editor-in-Chief, journalist, and contributing writer at Jazzdelapena.com. A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on the Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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  • rsvped +2 for Webinar: Post-Disaster Recovery 2021-01-27 12:38:28 -0500

    Webinar: Post-Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico and Local Participation


    Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM EST/4:00 AST

     


    Puerto Rico has suffered the compounded effects of multiple disasters since the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. At the end of 2019, the island was impacted with recurrent seismic activity in the southwest region, including a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on January 7, 2020. In early 2020, the current COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting health crises induced yet another economic contraction. All these disasters are underscored by a crushing debt crisis and a federally mandated austerity regime since 2016. Multiple natural disasters have exacerbated vulnerability and poverty; and public energy, telecommunications, water, health, and transportation systems have deteriorated and become even more vulnerable, causing systematic failures in social safety nets.

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    Post-disaster federal funding for economic recovery offers Puerto Rico a unique window of opportunity to restore its economy and infrastructure in a more resilient fashion while strengthening the nonprofit sector capacity for community planning, housing development and neighborhood revitalization. However, such an opportunity is contingent on implementing a comprehensive strategy for reforming public policy to encourage and support nonprofit developers participation in reconstruction programs, building industry capacity by strengthening intermediaries and CDCs, encouraging intra-industry partnerships and collaborations, and providing professional development for economic recovery.

    Join us Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM EST/4:00 AST for a webinar to discuss the collection of studies included in Fall 2020 special volume of the Centro Journal showing evidence of how post disaster recovery is progressing in Puerto Rico, and the challenges and opportunities for local participation in reconstruction programs.



    Event Cosponsors:

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    This webinar is cosponsored by
    The National Puerto Rican Agenda, National Puerto Rican Student Coalition, IdeaComún,
    Puerto Rican Student Association at NYU, Despierta Boricua at Yale, and Urbana Planifica

     


    Presenters:

    Entrepreneurial Dynamics in Puerto Rico Before and After Hurricane María
    Marinés Aponte, Professor, Business Administration Department at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras

    Centros de Apoyo Mutuo: reconfigurando la asistencia en tiempos de desastre
    Roberto Vélez-Vélez, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, SUNY at New Paltz

    Impact of Hurricane María to the Civic Sector: A Profile of Non-Profits in Puerto Rico
    Ivis García Zambrana, Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

    Puerto Rico Community Development Industry’s Capacity for Disaster Recovery
    Edwin Meléndez, Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College

    What is Possible? Policy Options for Long-term Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico
    Ariam L. Torres Cordero, Centro Researcher and doctoral student in Urban Planning (DSUP) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Presenter bios can be found at this link: https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/education/instructores

     

    Tools

    Journal Abstract: CENTRO_Abstract_Fall2020.pdf
    Journal Intro: CENTRO_Intro_Fall2020.pdf

    A Profile of Non-Profits and Recovery PPP (PDF) by Ivis Garcia Zambrana


     

    CENTRO: Journal Special Issue: Post-Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico and Local Participation is available here http://www.centropr-store.com/centro-journal-vol-xxxii-no-3-fall-2020/

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