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Afternoon Tertulía: PR Studies in CUNY – 50 Years

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

April 7th, 2022
5:00 PM EST
Virtual Event

Join us on Thursday, April 7th, 2022 at 5 PM EST for an Afternoon Tertulía: PR Studies in CUNY – 50 Years. We’ll be joined by Dr. Virginia Sanchez-Korrol and Dr. María E. Pérez y Gonzalez, Conor Tomás Reed, and Edna Acosta-Belento discuss the creation of the book Puerto Rican Studies in the City University of New York: The First 50 Years and the importance of the legacy that Puerto Rican Studies has on CUNY. This conversation will be moderated by Ricardo Gabriel. Be sure to bring your questions to the event, as we will be opening the floor for a Q&A towards the end!


María Elizabeth Pérez y González, Ph.D. (Fordham University), is a first-generation Puerto Rican born in Brooklyn, New York, and first-generation college graduate (B.A./M.A. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY). She is Associate Professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she has served as faculty for 30 years with 17 of those years as Chairperson, including two as Acting Chairperson. Her research includes the Puerto Rican diaspora, Latinxs, women in ministry, and Pentecostals. She is the author of Puerto Ricans in the United States (Greenwood Press/ABC CLIO 2000), Puerto Rican Studies in the City University of New York: The First 50 Years (Centro Press 2022), and scholarly pieces on Latinas in Christian ministry.

Conor Tomás Reed is a Puerto Rican/Irish gender-fluid scholar-organizer who teaches American Studies at Brooklyn College. Conor’s forthcoming book, New York Liberation School (Common Notions, September 2022), chronicles the rise of Black, Puerto Rican, and Women’s Studies and movements at the City College of New York and in New York City. With a 2021-2022 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, Conor is also co-editing the emerging quadrilingual anthology Black Feminist Studies in the Americas and the Caribbean. Conor is a contributing editor with LÁPIZ Journal and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and is a co-founding participant in Free CUNY and Rank and File Action (RAFA).

Dr. Canino is Professor Emerita of Public Administration, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey. A New Yorker of Puerto Rican parentage, she returned to the Island and rejoined the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Puerto Rico as the founding coordinator of a Ph.D. program in policy analysis and program administration. She was also the founding chair of the Rutgers Department of Puerto Rican Studies now the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies. Her thirty-five-year career centered on community-based institution building, the development of professional education curricula, and the representativeness and responsiveness of public postsecondary institutions to Puerto Rican, Latino/a and other disenfranchised populations. She served as a trustee on the CUNY Board of Higher Education from 19691974; 19851990 during the founding and early development of El Centro.

Among her publications is a study of Latino Advocacy and welfare reform in New Jersey published in the Centro Journal. She is co-editor with Dr. Silvio Torres Saillant of the book Challenges of Public Higher Education in the Hispanic Caribbean, on higher education policy in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic), and is coauthor of La Política Social Ante los Nuevos Desafíos: Cuba y Puerto Rico. Most recently she was a member of an interdisciplinary research team that studied the participation of psychologists and social workers in Puerto Rican public policy. She has made numerous presentations of her work at academic conferences in the continental US, as well as Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Edna Acosta-Belén is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research areas include Latina/o and Puerto Rican cultural and historical studies. Among her more recent publications is the book, Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Contemporary Portrait (second edition 2018; with C.E. Santiago), and various chapters and articles on the establishment and evolution of Puerto Rican Studies scholarship and pedagogy at U.S. institutions of higher education, and the historical and cultural development of the Puerto Rican diaspora. She was Director of the Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (CELAC) at the University at Albany for many years, as well as co-founder and Editor of the Latino(a) Research Review (1994-2012). She developed Centro’s Puerto Rican Heritage Poster Series and Study Guide, and Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Brief Chronology (2015). She also was a member of the Board of Advisors for the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project at the University of Houston during its first decade, and a contributing editor to the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011). She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and Yale universities, as well as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University.

Ricardo Gabriel is a PhD candidate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and an Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR)-Mellon Dissertation Fellow. He is a graduate of Hunter College’s Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies and was a member of SLAM, the Student Liberation Action Movement. His academic and political work focus on radical Puerto Rican politics in the United States, anti-/decolonial education, and on movements for environmental and climate justice. Ricardo’s dissertation examines the movement for Puerto Rican studies at CUNY during the late 1960s and 1970s. The project is based on archival research and original oral histories with former students and scholars who helped establish Puerto Rican studies in New York City. He has written for NACLA: Report on the Americas, and in 2019 he wrote the forward for Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico, 3rd Edition, an interdisciplinary curricular guide with readings and lessons on Puerto Rico and social justice for high school teachers, published by Teaching For Change. He has taught at Fordham University and The City University of New York.

Dr. Virginia Sánchez Korrol, holds a Doctorate in History from SUNY, Stony Brook. Throughout an extensive academic career, she has documented the Puerto Rican and Latino experience in U.S. History, focusing primarily on community development and women’s diverse roles from the 19th century to the present. In 1978 she joined the faculty of the Puerto Rican Studies Department at Brooklyn College, and with the publication of From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City, broke new ground in the emerging field. Among her publications are the award-winning three volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, co-edited with Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, the first scholarly collection to detail the lives of America’s Latinas from the 1565 settlement of St. Augustine to the end of the 20th century. Her most recent publication (with Dr. María E. Pérez y González) is Puerto Rican Studies in the City University of New York: The First Fifty Years.

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