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On Tuesday, June 10, the 2019 Summit on Latin@s in New York City was held. The third annual event, which aims to create a working agenda to drive policy change for the 2.5 million Latinos living in the city, took place at Lehman College this year. Panelists and attendees included a diverse array of Latino community stakeholders, including elected officials such as Bronx Borough President Ruben...
The National Puerto Rican Student Encuentro was an iniagural four-day conference that took place in New York City during the first week of June. “The Encuentro was a huge success thanks to Centro staff and the students who helped with the organizing,” said Centro Director Edwin Melendez. “This is the kind of collaboration that will help build for a very bright future. These students now have the...
Editor's Note: The following text was read aloud during a retirement party held on May 30 in El Barrio for Centro reference librarian Félix A. Rivera. Félix A. Rivera (pictured above in the center, behind the Yankee-themed cake) has dedicated almost 40 years to the Centro Library and Archives. Born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His family was part of a Great Puerto...
Editor's note: Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed under the Freedom of Information Act that seeks to compel the U.S. Department of Treasury to promptly comply with a pending request for documents related to a broader civic effort to dispel the lack of transparency surrounding the appointment, operations, and mandate of the federally-appointed Financial Control and Oversight Board (FOMB)...
Editor's note: On February 15, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies held its first meeting of the RebuildPR "Research Group" initiative, the purpose of which is to create an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on the different areas of recovery in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane María. Centro invited more than 70 researchers from various disciplines with more than 35 researchers attending in...
This June, Puerto Rican student leaders from universities around the United States and in Puerto Rico will participate in a 4-day National Youth Leader “Encuentro” to be hosted by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies-Centro at Hunter College (CUNY) in New York City and the National Puerto Rican Student Coalition (NPRSC) in collaboration with Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (MPA), as well as...
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) held their annual Congreso this past Memorial Day Weekend in Boston, MA. This year, the event brought together scholars of the discipline under the theme of Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion , which was inspired by Cuban independence leader José Martí's famous essay published in 1891. For those who could not attend in person, the LASA 19 program...
Editor's note: Eva de la O, founding director of Música de Cámara and a renowned soprano, passed away on May 4 at the age of 88 after a long illness. I had the fortune to meet Eva de la O when I was in my early twenties. I had graduated with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, and my aunt, who taught at the University of Puerto Rico, was discussing my singing with a colleague. The colleague...
Depopulation and education are two major, often newsworthy concerns facing Puerto Rico that, whether that be sociology experts warning of a demographic winter (low birth rate, aging population, increasing out-migration) or parents and educators attempting to prevent the seemingly cruel closure of more schools. Youth is especially vulnerable in both cases. Children aged five and under, for...
Earlier this month, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and the newly created Puerto Rico Research Hub at the University of Central Florida (UCF) hosted a day-long conference in Orlando entitled “In Pursuit of Puerto Rican Studies.” The event, as noted by Fernando Rivera, founding director of the Puerto Rico Research Hub at UCF, “allowed different stakeholders to develop the research agenda for...