Video Archive

The French Revolution & the Caribbean in Alejo Carpentier's Explosion in a Cathedral


Dr. Rafael Rodriguez Beltrán presents a talk on the French Revolution and the Caribbean in Alejo Carpentier's Explosion in a Cathedral. (El siglo de los luces)

Reports from the Field: Recipients of Pre-Dissertation CLACLS Awards


Three presentations from CLACLS Pre-Dissertation graduate students. Martha Balaguera "Intersecting Transitions: Migration, Confinement and Gender at the Limits of Sovereignty", Carlos Valderrama Renteria "Imagining Black Community Sites and Forms of Black Politics in Colombia of 1970s", Manuela Borzone "Traveling Gauchos: The Calendar Illustrations of Florencio Molina Campos in Argentina and the United States".

"No Banker Left Behind"


Guest Speakers: Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, former head of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico, currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Program for Equality and Gender Equity of the Puerto Rican Judicial Branch -“PROMESA: I Promise that I will Treat you as my Colony and my Property”

Ian J. Seda-Irizarry, Assistant Professor of Economics at John Jay College, CUNY- "The Self-Inflicted Crisis and the Junta in Puerto Rico"

"Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education"


UMass Professor Emerita of Multicultural Education Sonia Nieto discusses her experience in public schooling, teaching, and activism. 

Santos de Palo Carving: It's Evolution in the Religious & Popular Culture of PR


Carlos Santiago Arroyo, a local artisan will discuss the historical context of Santos de Palo in Puerto Rico, notable carvers, and their styles.


"Brazil on the Brink" A Round-Table Discussion with UMass Specialists


Brazil on the Brink: 

A Round-Table Discussion with UMass Specialists



Joel Wolfe, Professor of History

Millie Thayer, Associate Professor of Sociology

Jorge Minella, Graduate Student, History

Layla Carvalho, Universidade de São Paulo, Fulbright Graduate Research Exchange Scholar

Sonia E. Alvarez, CLACLS Director and Professor of Political Science

"Empire Nakedness: Financial Colonialism and the Oversight Board Over Puerto Rico"


Part of the Puerto Rico at a Crossroad Series

CLACLS end-of-year celebration with dinner to follow.

Emilio Pantojas García Sociologist, principal researcher at the Center for Social Research and professor of Sociology at UPR, Rio Piedras. Specialist in political sociology and economic development in the Caribbean basin.

Hugo Delgado Martí, Spokesperson for the Workers Socialist Movement, Physics teacher at Miguel Such Vocational High School, member of the Teachers’ Federation of Puerto Rico, and President of the San Juan IV Local Union.

UMass Facilitators: Roberto Alejandro, Political Science & Agustín Laó-Montes, Sociology

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"Puerto Ricans in the Empire: Tobacco Growers and U.S. Colonialism" Teresita A. Levy


Terestia A. Levy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latino American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College and Associate Director of the Cetner of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professor Levy's book, Puerto Ricans in the Empire: Tobacco Growers and U.S. Colonialism, was published by Rutgers Unveristy Press in 2014. Her research focuses on the economic history of the Spanish Caribbean.


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