Dr. Virginia Sánchez Korrol to be Honored at Siglo XXI Conference


By Clarisel Gonzalez


Dr. Virginia E. Sánchez Korrol looks forward to receiving The Inter-University Program for Latino Research’s (IUPLR) tribute at Siglo XXI, the IUPLR Fourth Biennial Conference, which will be held from February 22 – February 25, as “a symbol of recognition for work of my colleagues and all those scholars who devote their careers to Latino Studies.”

Of the honor, Sánchez Korrol said, “A recognition of your work by your peers is, perhaps, the highest honor one can ever receive.”

“There is, of course, a feeling of excitement, the WOW factor that someone actually realizes the ways you've been attempting to change academia and society through intellectual work,” she said. “But there is also, more importantly, a sense of humility because an award to me is really an award to all of us who have struggled together and worked collectively for more than three decades to bring about knowledge, progress, and change in our communities and in the broader society.”

The conference will explore issues impacting the Latino community and seeks to shed light on how U.S. Latinos are defining the future. The conference 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.

Sánchez Korrol is a historian and professor emerita in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Among her many publications are, co-editor with Vicki L. Ruiz of Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography and Community, co-author of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, and author of From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City. She is co director of the Latinas in History project.

Asked how she sees forging the future of Latinos, Sánchez Korrol said it is about mobilizing communities at every level.

“For me, a time of crisis always represents the catalyst for positive mobilization,” she said. “The American Latino community is stronger right now than it has ever been before. It is that very strength and visibility that is at the root of the backlash we may be witnessing today in some parts of our nation. Through our research, our publications, and our coalitions; our involvements at local, state and national levels; our professional visibility; in disseminating our culture and in the media; in our civic leaders and our men and women in military service, we have made strong contributions towards forging a future that speaks to the true meaning of we, the people.”

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, which is among conference sponsors, will host a reception, book signings as well as the tribute to Sánchez Korrol on Friday, February 24, at the East Harlem Art Gallery, Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 Third Avenue in El Barrio. Sánchez Korrol is chair of the Centro Library and Archives Advisory Group. This event, which is open to the public, will run from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information on the conference, visit http://nd.edu/~iuplr/news/siglo.php.

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