Join us on Wednesday, June 29th at 4 PM EST for an Afternoon Tertulia – Basquiat: King Pleasure through a Decolonial Lens. This event will feature a conversation between Dr. Yasmin Ramirez and Dr. Frances Negrón-Muntaner as they discuss the career, legacy, and impact of Jean-Michel Basquiat as portrayed in the current exhibit: Jean Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure. Considered one of the most important artists of the late 20th Century, Basquiat’s art lays bare the complexities of Afro-Diasporic subjectivity and visuality. As a Brooklyn native with a Puerto Rican mother and Haitian-American father, Basquiat grew up with a keen awareness of the legacies of racism and colonialism on black and brown peoples across the Atlantic. Informed by his background, Basquiat’s art reflects on issues of black history, liberation struggles, triumphs, and social inequities. Tune into this special Afternoon Tertulia to learn more about Basquiat’s lifelong legacy in the Puerto Rican, Haitian, and New York communities for decades to come.
Join us for an Afternoon Tertulia: The Lettered Barrida on Thursday, February 17th, 2022 at 4 PM EST. We will be joined by author and professor Jorell Meléndez-Badillo and Centro researcher José Laguarta Ramírez who will be discussing Meléndez-Badillo’s newest book, The Lettered Barrida. In his book, Meléndez-Badillo tells the story of how a cluster … Continued
Join us on April 20th, 2022 at 2 PM EST for a Town Hall – Expanding the Curriculum: Supporting Connecticut’s Ethnic Studies Curriculum. During this event, Centro Education Policy Researcher, Dr. Elizabeth Taveras Rivera will interview Paquita Jarman-Smith and Nitza Diaz, Consultants for Connecticut’s State Education Resource Center, SERC, to learn about their work with … Continued
Join CENTRO Library Manager, Anibal Arocho in exploring new books that contribute to the richness of Puerto Rican studies. The books featured in this Library and Archives Lunch Hour offer a variety of topics including growing up in the 50s in El Barrio, colonialism in the wake of Hurricane Maria, biographies on revolutionary leaders, and … Continued