2016 Annual Schomburg Symposium Program


 Speakers and Presentations

Taller’s annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium focuses on the intricate and complex relationship of the African Diaspora within Latin American Culture. Through formal presentations, audiovisual demonstrations, and small group discussions. 

When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

*Discounts available for advance registration.

Where: Taller Puertorriqueño’s Ed Building, 2557 N. 5th Street,

Philadelphia, PA 19133

For information call: 215-426-3311


***Special group rates are available by calling: /Si tiene preguntas sobre precios especiales para grupos llame a: Aida Devine at 215.426-3311

**** Act 48 CEU credits have been approved for Philadelphia School District teachers with their School District I.D. numbers

***Up to 6 CEU’s are available, in partnership with the Department of Social Work at La Salle University. At registration please indicate if you are applying for Social Work CEU’s

Amber Henry, Tatiana Reinoza, David C. BrothertonDr. E. Carmen RamosAbigail E. Lapin DardashtiScherezade GarciaFirelei BaezShaun LeonardoGabriela Watson Aurazo and Miriam Jiménez Román

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9:50-10:00 AM       Welcome & Introductions

10:00-10:45 AM  Rebranding Race: From Violent Rebels to Happy Natives in Post-Conflict Colombia This project follows a group of (maroons), who, after four hundred years of marginalization, discrimination and displacement, become primary icons for tourism. Amber Henry is a Ph. D. student in Anthropology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

10:45-11:30 AM  Printed Exclusions: Taller Puertorriqueño’s Silk Screen Workshop and the Suppression of Blackness, Ph. D. candidate, U. of Texas at Austin, Tatiana Reinoza considers the complicated relationship between Puertoricanness and blackness during the 1970’s. She received an MA in Art History from U. of Texas, Austin, and is the recipient of several awards including the 2015 Inter-University Program for Latino Research-Mellon Dissertation Fellowship.

11:30-12:15 AM     The Criminalization of the Immigrant and Deportation as a Theater of Cruelty, David C. Brotherton is Professor of Sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles on such subjects as gangs, immigrants, deportation, social exclusion and the practices of resistance.

12:15 am-12:45 pm          Plenary (Theater) Q & A

12:45-2:00 pm        Lunch (Provided by La Finca Café Caterers,
Dance Room, 2nd floor)
Lunchtime Roundtable A special session: Shifting Identities in a Monolithic World: Implications for Social Workers.  Up to 6 CEU’s are available, in partnership with the Department of Social Work at La Salle University. At registration please indicate if you are applying for Social Work CEU’s. Moderated by Elena Marie DiLapi, Veronica Medina and Rosemary A Barbera. *****

2:00 – 2:45 pm       The Meanings of Afro-Latino: A Curatorial Perspective, Dr. E. Carmen Ramos is curator for Latino art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she recently organized the major traveling exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. Ramos earned a BA in art history from New York University and an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Chicago, where she wrote the dissertation “A Painter of Cuban Life: Víctor Patricio de Landaluze and Nineteenth-Century Cuban Politics.”  Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Ramos was a curator at the Newark Museum in Newark (NJ) and an independent curator.  She co-curated the 5th biennial at El Museo del Barrio in New York and has organized exhibitions about Mexican popular arts, Latino artists and migration, and solo exhibitions and public art projects with Miguel Luciano, Freddy Rodríguez, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, and Paul Henry Ramirez, among others.  She has published on Latin American and Latino artists for institutions such as El Museo del Barrio, The Blanton Museum of Art, and in journals including American Art, African Arts and others. Currently she is writing a monograph about Freddy Rodríguez that is part of the A Ver: Revisioning Art History book series published by UCLA.

2:45 – 3:00 pm        Q & A

3:00 – 4:45 pm        PANEL Unpacking Hispañola in Context:
Migration, Art, and Afro-Latinidad in Contemporary United States
Moderator: Abigail E. Lapin Dardashti is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Recently, she received a fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to study the work of contemporary Dominican-American artists, which led her to curate Taller Puertorriqueño’s exhibition Unpacking Hispañola. Lapin Dardashti is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at City College, CUNY.

Scherezade Garcia is a Dominican American multi-media visual artist based in New York City. Her work expresses her strong interest in the Baroque, memory, and displacement. Her work is included in public collections at El Museo del Barrio (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (Santo Domingo, DR), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.).

Firelei Báez creates artworks with a strong focus on anthropology, science fiction, black female subjectivity and women’s work. Her work was most recently exhibited in solo shows at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. She lives and works in New York.

Shaun Leonardo is a multidisciplinary artist who uses modes of self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of masculine identity and question preconceived notions of manhood. Leonardo is based in Brooklyn, New York City

Gabriela Watson Aurazo is a Brazilian of Afro-Peruvian descent filmmaker and activist. She directed the documentary We, Afro-Peruvians (Brazil, Peru, 2012, 45min) screened in USA, Latin American and Africa. Her research and productions are related to Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian identity, African Diaspora, black women, media and education.

Miriam Jiménez Román is Executive Director of AfroLatino Forum, a research and resource center focusing on Black Latinos in the U.S. For over a decade, she researched and curated sociohistorical exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where she also served as the Assistant Director of the Scholars-in-Residence Program. She was  co-editor of The Afro-Latino Reader: History and Culture in The United States, which received the 2012 American Book Award.

4:45 pm  Remarks and Closing

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