Elena Martínez received an MA in anthropology and an MA in folklore at the University of Oregon. Since 1997 she has be a folklorist at City Lore. Martínez co-produced the video documentary, From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale, which aired on PBS in September, 2006 and won the NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) 2007 ALMA Award for Best TV Documentary. Martínez curated the exhibition, “¡Que bonita bandera!: The Puerto Rican Flag as Folk Art,” which traveled through the tri-state area and was the assistant curator for the exhibit, “Nueva York: 1613-1945,” currently at El Museo del Barrio. She was a contributor to Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, by historians Virginia Sánchez Korrol and Vicki L. Ruíz.

Bobby Sanabria Renowned as a drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, filmmaker, conductor, and educator, Maestro Sanabria has performed with a veritable Who’s Who in the world of jazz and Latin music, including Mario Bauzá, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Barretto, Chico O’Farill and others.

Recognized as one of the most articulate musician-scholars of “la tradición” today, he recently consulted and was featured on screen in the nationally televised documentary Latin Music USA for PBS. His experience, knowledge, and passion resulted in four Grammy nominations for CDs, including recent nominations for Big Band Urban Folktales (2008) and Kenya Revisited Live!!! (2009).

Pedro Juan Hernández has served as senior archivist at the Centro archive, formally known as the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, since 2004, and acting associate director for the Centro Library and Archives from August, 2006 to August, 2008.
Hernández began his career at Centro in 1994 as the archivist on a major two-year project, Documenting Latino Civil Rights History: The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund Record. When that project ended, he continued at Centro as a staff archivist until 2004, when he assumed his senior position.

Hernández’s prior experience includes head archivist for the Department of the Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States, Archivos Históricos de la Migración Puertorriqueña, from 1989 to 1993. He also taught history and headed the social studies department at Colegio San Ignacio. He also was a researcher, archivist assistant, and instructor at the University of Puerto Rico, where he received his master of arts degree in history in 1989. In addition, Hernández has participated in several noteworthy projects, including the coordination of the El Barrio: Puerto Rican New York exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York in 2005 and was co-author of two publications, “Pioneros” Puerto Ricans in New York City 1895-1948” and “Pioneros II Puerto Ricans in New York City 1948-1998.” Hernández also served as NYC Project Coordinator for the Ventana al pasado: Building a Latino/Hispanic Virtual Research Collection for the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Edgardo Díaz Díaz Director Fort Count Mirasol Museum, Vieques (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña); Director/Founder Vieques Historic Archives; community activist with Committee for the; Rescue and Development of Vieques published and spoken extensively about Vieques, including several articles on Vieques/St. Croix relations.


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