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While the common perception is that Puerto Rico is losing its best, brightest and youngest professionals, who are leaving the island in droves for jobs and better opportunities in the United States, Centro researcher Kurt Birson said there is no evidence of a brain drain on the island. In his...
As the Bronx marks 2014 with the 100th anniversary of its formal separation from New York County and the 375th anniversary of the arrival of the county’s namesake, Jonas Bronck, Centro’s current art exhibit focuses tightly on that borough – showcasing the work of a noted Bronx photographer known...
While Julia de Burgos is widely known for her poetry, she was also a regular contributor to the Spanish weekly Pueblos Hispanos , published in New York City during the 1940s. In her essay in the new fall 2013 edition of the CENTRO Journal ; Vanessa Pérez-Rosario takes a closer look at de Burgos the...
In the 1970s, the South Bronx was plagued by a wave of arson and abandoned buildings, leaving whole communities devastated. The Bronx became the symbol of urban decay. Movies like Fort Apache the Bronx and that famous The Bronx is burning quote engraved images of ruin in people’s minds for decades...
Centro’s publication Soy Gilberto Gerena Valentín: memorias de un puertorriqueño en Nueva York was presented last Thursday, May 23, at El Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. An energetic, enthusiastic and overtly cheerful Gerena (age 94) shared his memories at the presentation...
At a recent event held at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work, Centro commemorated Puerto Rican soldiers of the 65th Infantry, known as The Borinqueneers; among those honored was Jesus Pedrosa, whose daughter was on hand to receive the honor. Mr. Pedrosa was a sergeant during World War...
Eleven veterans who served at different times in the U.S. military are now part of Centro’s 100 Puerto Ricans. They are among 100 individuals or organizations that are donating their papers and/or oral histories to the Centro Archives as part of our 100 Puerto Ricans Campaign, which is aimed at...