By Melissa Fuster, PhD, Assistant Professor in Public Health Nutrition at Brooklyn College – City University of New York (CUNY)  It was a hot and humid August morning. Adela sat in the back of her restaurant, peeling potatoes, with only a small fan to appease the heat. The TV was tuned to Telemundo, with ElvisContinue reading “Adela”

“A son de parranda,” the CLACS Holiday Party

On December 14th, CLACS and KJCC joined to host this year’s holiday party. With a backdrop of photos by Los Seis del Sur, the sounds of parranda music, the smells of  arroz con gandules, pernil, pasteles, coquito, y tembleque, and lots of dancing it was an undisputedly Puerto Rican fiesta. The coming together of both centersContinue reading ““A son de parranda,” the CLACS Holiday Party”

Early Latin American Migration to the U.S. Focus of Next Indocumentales

Post by Gretchen Kyle Shaheen, CLACS MA Candidate and Graduate Associate for K-12 Outreach On Monday, November 23, CLACS will be presenting the second film in this semester’s installation of Indocumentales.  Starting at 6:30pm, we will be screening Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) of the PBS Series Latino Americans. The second part of the Latino Americans Series,Continue reading “Early Latin American Migration to the U.S. Focus of Next Indocumentales”

Nationalism and Defiance

The University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras has historically been a flashpoint for confrontation and protests. Since 1948, when the students protested the University’s decision to ban Don Pedro Albizu Campos from speaking, it has been the center for leftist activism and a hub for independentistas of all stripes. During its history, the protestsContinue reading “Nationalism and Defiance”

Los Tres Santos Reyes juntos a Castro

Around Christmas time it’s a tradition in Puerto Rico to go from door to door until the wee hours of the morning singing and playing music—with guitars, trumpets, and panderos often accompanied by instruments of the pot and pan variety—until your friends open the door and give you food and refreshments. One of the mostContinue reading “Los Tres Santos Reyes juntos a Castro”

Learning to See Through New Eyes

Puerto Rico has always been an escape for me. It is the place my parents consider home even after thirty years on the mainland; it is the place where I wasn’t made fun of as a child for speaking Spanish—I grew up in the South before the large Latino migration—it is the place where IContinue reading “Learning to See Through New Eyes”

Focus on Faculty: Arlene Davila

Arlene Davila is an award-winning Anthropologist and a CLACS affiliated faculty member. She teaches classes in Anthropology and Social and Cultural Analysis.  Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, media studies, globalization, visual culture, political economy, consumer culture, and Latinos in the U.S. Originally from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Arlene has been committed to studying Puerto RicoContinue reading “Focus on Faculty: Arlene Davila”

History and Anthropology Conference Highlights Expansive Caribbean Archives

On December 1 – 2, scholars and Caribbean studies enthusiasts came together for a two-day conference highlighting the recently acquired RISM Collection. The expansive RISM (Research Institute for the Study of Man) Collection was founded in 1955 by Dr. Vera D. Rubin (1911–1985), and produced unique social science research ranging the fields of anthropology, history,Continue reading “History and Anthropology Conference Highlights Expansive Caribbean Archives”

CLACS Alum Builds Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University

When Aldo Lauria Santiago was an MA student at CLACS at NYU, he began the research that led to several books, and eventually served as inspiration to grow the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Currently, Aldo is both Chair and Associate Professor of the Latino and HispanicContinue reading “CLACS Alum Builds Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University”

Student activists from the University of Puerto Rico speak at NYU

For almost a year now students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) have been organizing demonstrations in protest of education budget cuts in Puerto Rico.  In December of last year, the protests turned violent when student demonstrations, precipitated by a proposed $800 annual tuition increase, were met with violent repression. Police officers and privateContinue reading “Student activists from the University of Puerto Rico speak at NYU”