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Center for Latin American Caribbean and Latino Studies Conference: "Puerto Rico After Maria"

Event Information


Marriott Center | UMass Hotel

Date & Time

Mar 30, 2018 | 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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. 


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

6:00pm-7:00pm Reception