Remembering Juan Flores

Professor Juan Flores at CLACS during the Fall 2013 Afro-Latin Soundscapes Colloquium Series with Joe Bataan
Juan Flores at CLACS,Fall 2013, Afro-Latin Soundscapes Colloquium Series with Joe Bataan

It is with great sadness that we learned last week of the passing of our beloved colleague, Juan Flores, professor of Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU and affiliated faculty at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. At NYU, we have been so fortunate to share in the last years of his distinguished career: he was an inspirational teacher, a tireless mentor, and a brilliant colleague. Our thoughts are with his wife and Executive Director of the AfroLatin@ Forum Miriam Jiménez Román, his family, colleagues, and students.

Professor Flores was a renown scholar of Latino Studies, and great advocate of Puerto Rican culture and music. His research on Puerto Rican and Latino diasporas in the U.S. as well as on Afro-Latin music and culture have built a rich legacy of scholarly work that will benefit generations of students to come.

His body of work includes Insularismo e ideología burguesa en Antonio Pedreira (1980); Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity (1993); From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity (2000); Companion to Latino Studies (2007); The Diaspora Strikes Back: Caribeño Tales of Learning and Turning (2009); Bugalú y otros guisos: ensayos sobre culturas latinas en Estados Unidos (2010); and The Afro-Latino Reader (2011).

Among his many distinctions were two Premios de la Casa Las Americas (1980 and 2009) and the Smithsonian Latino Legacy Award (2008).

We mourn his passing, and celebrate his life.

A memorial service for Professor Juan Flores will be held
Saturday, December 20, 2014
NYU – Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
For more information, please visit afrolatin@ forum

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Photos by CLACS MA Candidate José Raúl Guzmán.

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