The finalists will each spend a full day on the Hunter College campus, culminating in a public address that will outline their vision for Centro and explain how their scholarship and community involvement inform that vision. The candidates and their disciplinary and institutional affiliations appear below, along with the dates, locations, and titles of their respective presentations. Each talk will take place from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 15
Dr. Arlene Torres
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology Director, Latina and Latino Studies Program University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Overlapping Discourses and Practices: (el detalle esta en la costura) The Details are in the Stitch
Chanin Language Center, Room B126 West (subway level)

Monday, November 19

Dr. Cesar Ayala
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology University of California, Los Angeles
Land Tenure and Social Structure in Puerto Rico, 1898-1934
Chanin Language Center, Room B126 West (subway level)

Wednesday, November 28
Dr. Aldo Lauria Santiago
Associate Professor, Departments of History and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies Chair, Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies Rutgers University
A Dialogue between Working Class History and Puerto Rican Studies
Faculty Dining Room, 8th Floor West Building

Thursday, November 29
Dr. Edwin Melendez
Professor, Management and Urban Policy
Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School
Towards a Shared Vision for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Faculty Lounge, 8th Floor West Building

RSVP to Miriam Galindez in the Provost's Office to inform us which lecture(s) you would like to attend. She can be reached at 212.772.4250 or via email at