The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are proud to present the conference “Puerto Rico After Maria: Unnatural Disasters and Community Responses” Friday, March 30th at the UMass Amherst Marriott Center. The general public and the media are invited to all panels and presentations.
There will be two keynote presenters. The first keynote presenter for the conference is Dr. Arturo Massol, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and the Executive Director of Casa Pueblo. The second keynote presenter is Dr. Jorge Duany, the Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University.
During the conference, attendees will hear from scholars and community organizers to talk about the dire predicament of Puerto Rico and its 3.5 million U.S. citizens. Among others, guest panelists include: César Pérez Lisazuain, a visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at UMass; Marina Moscoso, a Urbanist and Activist; Mariolga Reyes Cruz, Contingent Faculty and Activist.
The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: Unnatural Disaster and Transnational Community Responses
March 30th, 2018
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Organized by the
Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
1:00pm-1:10pm Welcome & Opening Remarks:
John McCarthy, Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
1:10pm-2:00pm Opening Keynote:
“The Daily Life Insurgency: A Story of Survival, Resistance and Community Independence”
Arturo Massol, Casa Pueblo
Moderator: Roberto Alejandro
2:00pm-3:30pm Panel: Unnatural Disaster and Transnational Puerto Rican Responses
Chair: Aurora Santiago-Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst
“Aquí Vive Gente”: on people’s struggle for place”
Marina Moscoso, Casa Taft, University of Puerto Rico
“Entering The Contact Zone?: Between The Neoliberal Subject Of Resilience And The Possibility Of Emancipatory Politics In Puerto Rico’s Post-Maria”
Cesar Pérez-Lizasuain, Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
“The Holyrican Experience”
Nelson Román, City Council Member, Holyoke; Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza
3:30pm-3:45pm Coffee Break
3:45pm-5:00pm Workshop: University Responses to the Hurricane
Chair: Luis Marentes, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Guillermo Irizarry, University of Connecticut
Anne Lambright, Trinity College
Mariolga Reyes Cruz, PARes, University of Puerto Rico
5:00pm-6:00pm Closing Keynote
"The Puerto Rican Exodus before and after Hurricane María"
Jorge Duany, Florida International University
Moderator: Agustin Lao-Montes, University of Massachusetts Amherst