Centro News 2014
- Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican IconNew dimensions of Julia De Burgos were reflected on, explored and shared last week in the presentation of the book Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon
- Centro is Happening: Call for Papers and Job OpportunitiesThe Center for Puerto Rican Studies is pleased to announce available opportunities that range from fellowships for doctoral students, a call for papers and new job postings at Centro.
- Statement from Centro Director Edwin Meléndez on the Passing of Juan FloresCentro, Hunter College and CUNY have lost a dear friend and supporter with the passing of Juan Flores.
- In Visible Movement Book Presentation and DiscussionOn November 20, poet and scholar Tomás Urayoán-Noel presented his book In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014) at Hunter College.
- Successful Millennium Book Tour ConcludesOn Saturday, November 8, Centro Director Edwin Meléndez concluded the Millenium Book Tour at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe in San Juan.
- Two Centro Collections on View in Exhibit at El Museo Del BarrioPLAYING WITH FIRE: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions is currently on display until January 3, 2015. at El Museo del Barrio.
- Bomba and Plena Rocked El BarrioLast week Centro’s special event Raíz de Bomba y Plena shook the walls of the auditorium at the Silberman School of Social Work in El Barrio.
- One million Puerto Ricans in Florida by the end of 2014By the end of 2014, Florida will become the second state (behind New York) to exceed a population of one million Puerto Ricans.
- Centro’s Oral History Project Presented to the CommunityOn October 22, Centro presented its Oral History Project to members of the community at Hunter College.
- Puerto Rican Heritage Month Sale at Centro StorePuerto Rican Heritage Month Sale at Centro Store The Centro Store is having a 30% off sale on all of our merchandise
- Call for Paper Special Issue of CENTRO JournalCounterstreaming: Assessing the impact of Cultural Remittances on Puerto Rico
- Centro at El Mini FestThis past Saturday, October 18th The Loisaida Center celebrated a family day (#elminifest) and Centro was there. Local Loisaida families, together with families from across town
- Centro Library and Archives Awarded Grant to Process Two Collections of Pioneering Puerto Rican WomenCentro was recently awarded a $14k grant in order to process two collections from a pair of trailblazing Puerto Rican women: Olga Méndez and Elba Cabrera.
- A Famed Reporter, a Quest by a Mom, a Pionera’s Unpublished Story, A Historical Novel and a Book Review…The next issue of Centro Voices is packed with five stories you will not want to miss.
- The Paradox of the Puerto Rican VoterAmong government office holders, Puerto Ricans are often represented in close proportion to their numbers as a percent of the voting age population in locations of long standing settlement.
- CENTRO Journal to Spotlight ChicagoThe Chicago Puerto Rican experience will be the subject of a special issue of CENTRO Journal in 2015, and the Chicago-based guest editors are calling for academic papers...
- Centro Takes New Research Book on the RoadA book tour promoting Centro’s newest research publication, Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium, will kick off with events in New York.
- Centro’s Open House Opened New MindsLast Thursday, Centro opened its doors to Hunter students and it was a success. The west building cafeteria floor became crowded and alive with students...
- A Newly Organized Channel Just for YouCentro’s YouTube channel has just received a makeover. It is now more organized, better categorized and more pleasant to the eye and mind.
- The Center for Puerto Rican Studies Call for Oral History Interviewers and Writers Outside New York AreaCentro is requesting letters of interest and qualifications (CV) from researchers with experience in conducting oral histories of individuals and organizations in Puerto Rican communities
- A Novel, A Memoir, A Video… and A Parade: Read Them, Hear Them in CENTRO VoicesScheduled to be published twice monthly, the new Voices will feature timely and exciting essays, fiction, memorias, research, opinion, history, poetry and visual art.
- Research Opportunities Investigating the Changing
Conditions of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in New York Centro and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) seeks research proposals
- Current CENTRO Journal Finds ‘Lost’ Literary Figures of Old New York The “lost” literature of early Puerto Rican migrants to New York gets to shine in the contemporary spotlight through six insightful essays in the newly released CENTRO Journal, Spring 2014 edition.
- Centro to Relaunch Voices E-Magazine With New Look and New VisionThis fall the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) is relaunching Voices as an online magazine covering the current affairs, history, arts and culture of Puerto Ricans throughout the nation.
- Welcome Back Reminder Research and Fellowship OpportunitiesThis fall the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) is relaunching Voices as an online magazine covering the current affairs, history, arts and culture of Puerto Ricans throughout the nation.
- Centro Research Finds Dramatic Changes in Demographic and Socio-Economic Status of Puerto Ricans in U.S.Over the last decade, with a combination of emigration and mainland U.S. births, the Puerto Rican population living in the United States outnumbers that on the island.
- Three New Archival Collections Feature Former Congressman and Two ArtistsThree of the newest collections at the Centro Archives that are now open to the public for viewing are those of Robert García, the former congressman of the Bronx; Carlos Ortiz, a photographer and filmmaker and Ray Ramos, a composer, sonero, performer and bandleader
- Centro Exhibits Shaping Puerto Rican Identity: Selections from the DIVEDCO CollectionThroughout June, Centro is hosting an art exhibit in East Harlem entitled Shaping Puerto Rican Identity:
- Forum on Puerto Rican Creativeness for Social Change and Economic Development a SuccessAbout 100 guests, including scholars, elected officials, artists and community leaders attended the Puerto Rican Creativeness for Social Change
- Centro Researchers Present in Mexico at the Caribbean Studies Association ConferenceA Centro contingent of researchers traveled to Mexico for the 39th annual conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
- Centro’s Posters on the Wall Decorate Lower East SideCentro’s popular Posters on the Wall: Our Nuyorican Story, an art exhibit built from the Centro Archives’ extensive graphics collection...
- President Obama to Honor Borinqueneers With Congressional Gold MedalThe legendary and beloved 65th, fondly known as the Borinqueneers, are a presidential signature...
- Gilberto Gerena Valentín Memoirs Launched at Video Conference To celebrate the publication of the memoirs of the pioneering labor leader Gilberto Gerena Valentín
- Searching for Your Puerto Rican Roots -- Without Leaving New YorkHave you ever wondered about your Puerto Rican roots? Are you interested in learning more about your family history and how you came to be who are you today?
- Boston Area Puerto Ricans Join Historic CampaignThe May 2 event inducting nine leaders of the Boston Puerto Rican community...
- Tato Laviera’s Love is Alive in New AmeRícan Poet BookWhen Stephanie Alvarez told Nuyorican poet Tato Laviera she wanted to publish a book on his work, he loved the idea and immediately stepped in to help.
- Roundtable Discussion with the Puerto Rican DiasporaThe New York Regional Office of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), the Creative Network of the Puerto Rican Diaspora and Centro invite you to a roundtable discussion with members of the diaspora.
- Boston Area Puerto Ricans Join Historic Campaign
Heritage Poster SeriesNine local leaders who have agreed to donate their oral histories and/or papers to the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) will be honored at a reception for these contributions to Centro’s 100 Puerto Ricans Preserving Our History campaign..
- Positive Island Reception to Centro’s
Heritage Poster SeriesWhen Puerto Rico-based reporter Libni Sanjurjo came across Centro’s Puerto Rican Heritage Poster Series she said she felt as though she found a “treasure of information.”
- High Schoolers Learn
Research Techniques at Centro ArchivesKenia Tapia, 17, is working on a research paper for her high school class on hip-hop and Latinos in the United States...
- A Theatrical Night with Pura Belpré:
Walking Outside the BookWith a suitcase full of colorful puppets and props, bilingual actress, storyteller, singer/songwriter and puppeteer Flor Bromley performed one of her favorite theater roles...
- Centro Video Records Over 60 Oral HistoriesCentro’s oral history team has video recorded the stories of more than 60 of the over 100 leaders...
- Centro Offers Online Educational ProductsCentro has several valuable educational resources, including complete courses and other teaching material, that are available online to provide low-cost or free creative resources...
- Pura Belpré, PerformerPura Belpré: Walking Outside the Book kicks off Centro’s spring events season with a panel discussion on Belpré’s role as not just as an author but as a performing storyteller.
- Centro Preserves
History of Puerto Rican WomenAs we celebrate Women's History Month in March, Centro pays tribute to Puerto Rican women who have paved the way, and continue to do so, in New York City and in enclaves across the United States.
- Nineteen Central Florida Leaders Join the 100 Puerto Ricans
Donates Papers to Centro ArchivesOn February 20, Centro was proud to acknowledge 19 Central Florida community leaders who have joined our 100 Puerto Ricans Preserving Our History campaign...
- Anita Vélez-Mitchell
Donates Papers to Centro ArchivesShe may be turning 98 on February 21, but Ana Vilia Vélez Rieckhoff, better known as Anita Vélez-Mitchell, is still busy making a difference.
- Centro Spring Events Spotlight
Puerto Rican Leaders and IssuesThis spring Centro is planning a series of “diverse and exciting events highlighting groundbreaking Puerto Rican figures” that have made an impact on the Puerto Rican community in literature, art and activism...
- Spanish eBook of Gerena Valentín Memoir Now
Available at Centro StoreWith so few platforms marketing eBooks in Spanish, Centro has made the Spanish-language version of Soy Gilberto Gerena Valentín...
- Pura Belpré Lives
At La Casa AzulAurora Anaya Cerda remembers watching an East Harlem screening of Centro’s documentary Pura Belpré: Storyteller...
- Centro Looks Ahead
After Its 40th Anniversary CelebrationAs Centro comes off the year-long celebration of its milestone 40th anniversary in February, at age 41 we look forward to growing bigger and even better...
- Puerto Rico's Declining Population Focus of Centro Data SheetWith fewer babies being born in Puerto Rico, the island is seeing a drop in its overall population, according to a new data sheet published by Centro.
- New Guide Highlights 40 Years of Centro ResearchCentro has released a new guide showcasing the wide range of research publications focusing on Puerto Ricans in the United States that Centro has produced over the last 40 years...
- Is There Really a Brain Drain Migration to the U.S.?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...
- Gerena Valentin’s Connection to MLKIn early March, 1968, Gerena Valentín – a pioneer in the creation of coalitions with the principal African American civil rights organizations – received an invitation from Dr. Martin Luther King to attend a meeting in Atlanta, Ga.
- Centro Art Exhibit Spotlights Historic South Bronx ImagesAs 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...
- Puerto Ricans Leave N.Y. Report Tells Where They GoThe Puerto Rican population in the United States is continuing to grow and continuing to move out of their traditional enclaves, with the largest population increases in the same areas that beckon the U.S. population as whole...