NYU FRN Institute on Afro-Latino History and Culture

Greetings from sunny Puerto Rico! Just a note to express my gratitude for a wonderful week of productive and thought-provoking discussion and for the pleasure of meeting all the participants at the 2011 NYU Summer Institute. Even though we come from all walks of life and different disciplines, I felt the camaraderie and respect towardsContinue reading “NYU FRN Institute on Afro-Latino History and Culture”

Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: Rethinking Columbus… On the Way to the Airport

While I was in the Dominican Republic last week, I kept running into Columbus. He turned up in colonial museums where the history of his voyages to the island was featured. He was in the lovely plaza next to the cathedral (a statue in his most famous pose) where he now faces the Hard RockContinue reading “Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: Rethinking Columbus… On the Way to the Airport”

Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: Migration and Demographic Development of the DR

As an educator, when thinking of the Dominican Republic, the faces of my students appear in my mind and images of where they’ve come from in the country begin to illustrate the funds of knowledge they are bringing into my classroom.  Today’s session brought us to Centro de Leon in Santiago, Dominican Republic and focusedContinue reading “Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: Migration and Demographic Development of the DR”

Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: Haiti-DR Relations

I think one of the most controversial days we spent in Santo Domingo was on Friday, July 14th. The activities planned focused on contemporary issues about the Dominican Republic and Haiti, including a panel discussion on contemporary perspectives about Haiti. I was especially looking forward to this event because my research project focused on Dominican-HaitianContinue reading “Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: Haiti-DR Relations”

Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: Sugar Production in DR

During my trip with the PIER Institute to Santo Domingo, I visited the first two sugar mills constructed in Spanish America. Touring the sugar mills or ingenios was interesting to me. The ruins of the ingenios, show the remains of the socio-economic effects of colonization, and have historic importance, and since my project is onContinue reading “Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: Sugar Production in DR”

Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: The Colonial Period in Santo Domingo

For my reflection of the visits to the different Taino – Colonial settings and museums, I have to state that as a Dominican student growing up in this country in the late 60’s all of the 70’s, I had limited knowledge of the level of history, the richness and above all, the great significance thatContinue reading “Yale-NYU K-12 Summer Institute: The Colonial Period in Santo Domingo”