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 included a live stream presentation of several panels. "Puerto Rico's Challenges and Solidarity: Before and After Hurricane Maria" aired on Monday, May 27, from 12:30pm to 2pm ET. Among the speakers were Centro Director Edwin Meléndez, Marie T. Mora (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Héctor Cordero Guzmán (Baruch College), and Charles Venator-Santiago (University of Connecticut). Here is a short description of the panel:
Puerto Rico's Challenges and Solidarity: Before and After Hurricane Maria Mon, May 27, 12:30 to 2:00pm, TBA Session Submission Type: Roundtable Abstract Hurricane Maria, a devastating Category 4 hurricane, caused billions of dollars in damages to Puerto Rico and left 3.4 million island residents without electric power, potable water, and telecommunications. Recovery is estimated to take years. This panel will address topics related to the economic, fiscal and unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following the catastrophic impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the impact of the crisis on stateside Puerto Ricans. Panelists will present multidisciplinary perspectives on interrelated aspects of the crisis and prospects for the future.