Spring 2023 COURSES

LTS 3007 Puerto Rican Culture Professor Gustavo Quintera Vera Tuesdays, Thursdays 5:50PM-7:05PM (synchronous online) This interdisciplinary course will examine the life of Puerto Ricans in the island, as well as that of the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York and beyond. It explores the ever-changing history, culture, and beliefs of its people through poetry, novels,…

Amber Musser, May 6 @6PM!

We can’t wait!  You can register here for this fun conversation on May 6 at 6PM.  You can also read Dr. Musser’s essay, “Surface-becoming: Lyle Ashton Harris and brown jouissance”  from Women and Performance 28: 1 (2018).    

Black Economic Empowerment

There’s no question that Black people in the United States face historical and institutional barriers to financial health, wellness, and empowerment on par with white Americans. In its records, the U.S. Federal Reserve has been tracking inequalities between Black and white wealth.  It claims the disparities in building wealth can be seen in a variety…

BLS Open House: February 10 @1PM

BLS Department Open House February 10 @1PM Let’s celebrate Black History Month!  The College theme this year is Health and Wellness. Let’s learn about an historical moment of Black financial empowerment.  Students will also lead a conversation about money, and financial well-being.  They will then talk financial planning with the experts at Change Machine.org, who…

Tragic Fire in the Bronx

We are devastated to learn that at least 19 people were killed in a fire at Twin Parks North, an apartment building the in Bronx on January 9.  More than 60 people were injured, and more than 200 firefighters worked to contain the blaze. If you need assistance, or if you know anyone who needs…

The (Professional) Afterlife of Student Activisms

According to the Washington Post, in the 1950s and 1960s, New York was the capital of the Jim Crow North, “Jim Crow segregation and racism had a strange and robust career outside of the South, especially in that supposed bastion of liberalism, New York City. Citizens at every level of New York society gave it…

Beyond Latinx @ NYCC

On Saturday, October 9th New York Comic Con presented an amazing panel on Latinx representation in pop-culture and comics, “Beyond Latinx: Diversity and Intersectionality in Media Representation.” It was hosted by Mario de la Cruz, Cassandra Curbelo, and Daniel Rodriguez. The panelists spoke of the first time they recognized Latinx representation in pop-culture and comics,…

Fringe Boricua Filmmaking in NYC: Reimagining the Queer Archive

The experimental short film Patitos comiendo arroz (Patitos eating rice) directed by playwright-director and filmmaker Javier Antonio González is a freewheeling collaboration with his artistic troupe, Caborca. The film is inspired by the groundbreaking book la novelabingo (Editorial El libro viaje 1976/Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2011) by renowned (from a critical standpoint,) yet obscured Diasporican-queer writer,…

Once I Was You

On September 15, 2020 – the first day of Latinx Heritage month last year, Maria Hinojosa released her new book, Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America. We were (unknowingly) at the end of the Trump presidency and tensions were high. Hinojosa, a well-known voice in that Latinx…