On Saturday, November 8, Centro Director Dr. Edwin Meléndez concluded the Millenium Book Tour at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe in San Juan. The tour, in support of the Centro Publication Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium, included stops in New York, Holyoke, MA, Humacao, and San Juan.
The book is a collection of essays by both Centro and outside researchers on a variety of topics reflecting the changing Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Meléndez’s presentations summarized and analyzed the findings in the book, from an in-depth analysis of Puerto Rican migration patterns (both between the island and the mainland, and internally within the United States) to discussions of health, education, and economic conditions for Puerto Ricans. Special attention was paid to Puerto Rican resilience in the face of the Great Recession.
Press coverage of the tour included reports in Primera Hora,Universia, Mass Live, El Nuevo Día, and UPR’s Diálogo Digital. “There was a great interest in the conditions of Puerto Ricans in the United States in Puerto Rico,” Meléndez said. “Because of the huge wave of migration from the mainland, there’s a real interest in what’s going on with stateside Puerto Ricans.”
Centro’s Outreach and Partnership Coordinator Julio Ortiz- Luquis said “the success of the book presentations in Massachusets, here in NYC and in Puerto Rico confirms the need for a steady conversation with the different Puerto Rican experiences within the US. With the dissemination of our research, Centro aims to be the meeting point for this dialogue.”
Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium is available for purchase at the Centro Store.