The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Conference: “Puerto Rico: Savage Neoliberalism, Colonialism and Financial Despotism”

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is proud to present the conference “Puerto Rico: Savage Neoliberalism, Colonialism, and Financial Despotism” this Thursday and Friday, April 13 & 14th at the UMass Amherst Campus. The media is invited to all panels and presentations.

The main goals of this conference are to provide an educational opportunity for the Five College community on the important events taking place in Puerto Rico and building bridges with the local Puerto Rican community in Holyoke, Springfield, and regionally.

During the two-day conference, attendees will hear from María de Lourdes Santiago, Member of the Puerto Rican Senate and former Puerto Rico gubernatorial candidate representing the Puerto Rican Pro-Independence Party, and Rafael Bernabe, Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and former gubernatorial candidate representing the Puerto Rican Working People’s Party. Additionally, Juan González, well known broadcast journalist and investigative reporter, former columnist for the New York Daily News and co-host of “Democracy Now!” will close the conference delivering a keynote closing speech on Puerto Ricans, Latinos and Immigration in Trump times.

Among others, guest panelists include Emilio Pantojas-García and Liliana Cotto-Morales, Professors of Sociology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras; Jorge Duany, Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology, Florida International University, Miami; and José Caraballo, Professor of Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey who will speak Friday.

For a detailed program of events, please consult the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies webpage.

The poster of the event can be downloaded here.