2017 PRSA Symposium

Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans
Puerto Rican Studies Association

4th Biennial Symposium and Business Meeting

Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Avenue (119th Street), NYC

October 28, 2017

9:00 – 4:00

Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans PRSA will bring together stateside Puerto Rican academics to examine and gain a broader understanding of the economic, fiscal, political and unfolding humanitarian crises in Puerto Rico. Papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Centro Journal on Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rico.

This national symposium, a collaboration between the Puerto Rican Studies Association and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, is part of a series of conferences devoted to broaden our understanding of the economic crisis in Puerto Rico.

One year after the enactment of PROMESA, this conference will be a safe space for the discussion of policy issues regarding Puerto Rico’s economic, fiscal, political and humanitarian crises from the perspective of stateside Puerto Ricans scholars and other stakeholders.

The Puerto Rican diaspora has engaged in a solidarity movement that is unprecedented in our history, and Centro and the PRSA are playing a unique convening, informational, and documentarian role in the process. The conference will provide a unique forum for discussion and education for a broad group of stakeholders. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication by the Centro Journal and will serve as a guide toward a deeper understanding of the concerns and interests of the Puerto Rican people and other stakeholders.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Humanitarian crisis: poverty and social safety net, socioeconomic conditions, migration
  • Economic crisis: Jones Act of 1920, revitalization initiatives
  • Fiscal crisis: debt restructuring, PROMESA, fiscal reforms
  • Political crisis: plebiscites, elections, status, U.S. congress and Puerto Rico, diaspora engagement

Deadline for submission of proposals for papers or panels: October 14, 2017

Please send proposals to: Charles Venator Santiago charles.venator@uconn.edu

Conference Registration is available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-prsa-symposium-puerto-rico-puerto-ricans-prsa-critical-perspectives-on-puerto-rico-tickets-37888950872

To become a PRSA Member: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-puerto-rican-studies-association-annual-membership-tickets-5239680024

Conference hotel (Rates TBA): Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Upper East Side, 410 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

 

Preliminary Program

 Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans PRSA will bring together stateside Puerto Rican academics to examine and gain a broader understanding of the economic, fiscal, and unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. Papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Centro Journal on Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rico.

8:30 – 9:00 A.M.                 COFFEE AND REGISTRATION

9:00 – 10:00 A.M.                PRSA Business Meeting

10:00 – 10:20 am                 WELCOMING REMARKS

10:20 – 11:00 A.M.               INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: The Challenge of PROMESA to the Puerto Rican People, Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies

11:00 – 11:15 A.M.                COFFEE BREAK

11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.        CONCURRENT PANELS: FISCAL, ECONOMIC POLITICAL AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO

12:30 P.M.                             LUNCH

1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.           CONCURRENT PANELS: FISCAL, ECONOMIC POLITICAL AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO

2:45 P.M. – 4:00PM            Centro eJournal and Digital Humanities

A walk-thru available digital resources & partnerships

Moderator:    Alberto Hernandez, ongoing projects, partnerships and Centro eJournal

  • Harry Franqui – Militarism
  • Victor Martinez – PRNews
  • Charles Venator – Citizenship
  • Lindsay Dumas – Centro Digital Collections
  • Andrew Vinales – Oral Histories
  • Raquel Ortiz – Cultural Ambassador

4:00 P.M.                               RECEPTION