Recommended Sources and Events

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WEEKS 2 and 7


ISLA is proud to present an event celebrating Carnival/Carnaval, an outstanding example of the rich contributions made by the Afro-Latinx and Afro-Caribbean communities to our hemisphere and to global culture. Join the conversation with Baruch professors Tshombe Miles and Rojo Robles-Mejías (Black and Latinx Studies) and Gisele Regatão (Journalism and the Writing Professions), along with featured members of the Baruch community, to hear more about the history, variations, and impact of Carnival/Carnaval in Brazil, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and NYC!

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Thursday, February 25, 1PM: A Conversation with Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World.


Petley, Christer. “How Slaveholders in the Caribbean Maintained Control.”

WEEKS 9 and 10

Racist Stereotypes About Haiti in the Media- C. Jean-Baptiste

Haitians Are at an Impasse- E. Danticat

Thursday, April 8, 1pm
Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm
Dr. Yarimar Bonilla in conversation with Professor Rojo Robles Mejias
Video, color, sound, 35:29, 2019
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In this documentary film, Yarimar Bonilla, co-editor of the book Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, travels through Puerto Rico to interview journalists, poets, photographers, visual artists, and community activists to discuss their perspectives on the island in the wake of Hurricane María. The film explores the ongoing “aftershocks” of the hurricane experienced by Puerto Ricans, which include state failure, social abandonment and disaster capitalism. ​Through thought-provoking interviews, affective readings, and representations of Puerto Rico’s decaying infrastructure and empowered community, the film explores both the unfolding crisis in Puerto Rico and the emergence of new political imaginaries and determination. This event is co-sponsored by Baruch’s Initiative for the Study of Latin America (ISLA).

Dr. Yarimar Bonilla is the Acting Director of El Centro, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, as well as Professor in the Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College and the PhD Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Professor Rojo Robles Mejias, PhD is a Puerto Rican writer, playwright, and filmmaker. He is Lecturer of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, CUNY.