Siglo XXI Forging the Future of Latinos in a Time of Crisis

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies is sponsoring a series of events at the Siglo XXI: The Future of Latinos in a Time of Crisis conference, ranging from panels to film festivals and a tribute to Dr. Virginia E. Sánchez Korrol.

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research’s (IUPLR) Fourth Biennial Siglo XXI Conference, to be held from February 22-February 25, will explore issues impacting the Latino community stemming from the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, the U.S. economic downturn, and Great Recession that have been factors in the restructuring of American life.

Siglo XXI: Forging the Future of Latinos in a Time of Crisis will convene a network of scholars, researchers, and faculty from national institutions to provide an assessment of current research on Latino education, health, politics, civic engagement, labor and economics, immigration, the arts, and culture and society. Through dialogue and the sharing of new academic research and scholarship, the conference will explore issues affecting the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.

The three-day conference will be held at John Jay College, Centro, and other venues. It will consist of more than thirty sessions, including plenary sessions, panel discussions, and workshops. The conference will feature the IUPLR Distinguish Lecture Luncheon and a special tribute to Sanchez Korrol, recognizing her intellectual contributions in the field of Latino studies.

The conference will include welcoming remarks by CUNY Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson, Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice , CUNY, and others. The keynote speaker is Daisy Cocco de Filippis, president, Naugatuck Valley Community College.

The conference kicks off Wednesday, February 22, with an IUPLR Co-directors meeting, an open house, and reception at Centro at Hunter College.

On February 23, there will be a video presentation in memoriam to Frank Bonilla. Centro-sponsored panels on February 23 and 24 include Latinos and Economic Opportunity in the Era of the Great Recession, politics, and From the Scholarship of Engagement to a Praxis of Solidarity.

Centro is also hosting a reception, book signings, and the tribute to Virginia E. Sánchez Korrol on February 24. Prof. Sánchez-Korrol will receive a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the history of Puerto Ricans and Latinos/as in the United States. She is particularly interested in the experiences of Latina women and minority groups in the making of American society.

IUPLR is headquartered at the University of Notre Dame. Other sponsors include: The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY; Dominican Studies Institute at City College, CUNY; The Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College, CUNY; The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston; The Institute for Latino Studies at The University of Notre Dame; and Southwest Airlines.

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