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Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights

October 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

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Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights offers a reexamination of the history of Puerto Ricans’ political and social activism in the United States in the twentieth century. Their presentation will consist of a discussion.

Authors Lorrin Thomas and Aldo A. Lauria Santiago survey the ways in which Puerto Ricans worked within the United States to create communities for themselves and their compatriots in times and places where dark-skinned or ‘foreign’ Americans were often unwelcome. The authors argue that the energetic Puerto Rican rights movement which rose to prominence in the late 1960s was built on a foundation of civil rights activism beginning much earlier in the century. The text contextualizes Puerto Rican activism within the broader context of twentieth-century civil rights movements, while emphasizing the characteristics and goals unique to the Puerto Rican experience. Lucid and insightful, Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights provides a much-needed introduction to a lesser-known but critically important social and political movement.

The authors argue that the energetic Puerto Rican rights movement which rose to prominence in the late 1960s was built on a foundation of civil rights activism beginning much earlier in the century. The text contextualizes Puerto Rican activism within the broader context of twentieth-century civil rights movements, while emphasizing the characteristics and goals unique to the Puerto Rican experience. Lucid and insightful, Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights provides a much-needed introduction to a lesser-known but critically important social and political movement.

Lorrin Thomas is an associate professor and chair of the History Department at Rutgers University – Camden. Her research explores ideas about rights and equality in the twentieth century Americas. Her first book, Puerto Rican Citizen: History and Political Identity in Twentieth Century New York City (University of Chicago Press, 2010), traces the complex meanings of citizenship for Puerto Ricans in the United States. Her recent book, Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights (Routledge, 2018), written with Aldo Lauria Santiago, surveys Puerto Ricans’ civil rights activism in the U.S. since the 1940s. Professor Thomas has also conducted research about the politics of human rights in Mexico in the 1970s. Her current book project, tentatively titled Minority: Latinx Politics and the Making of Multiracial America after the 1960s, examines the ways Latinx political actors tested, implemented, and expanded the legal and policy changes of the civil rights era in the U.S., negotiating new paths to social and political equality.

Aldo Lauria Santiago works as a Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is a historian of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latinos in the US. He specializes in peasant and working class history, revolution, ethnicity and race. He received a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago and a MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from NYU. He trained as a Mexicanist at The University of Chicago but began his career as a historian of El Salvador. 

Johnny Irizarry serves as Director of the Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina and part time instructor of Latinx Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Before working at Penn, Irizarry served as CEO of The Lighthouse, a multi-service community-based Center and of Taller Puertorriqueño (Latino arts & cultural center) in North Philadelphia. Irizarry also worked as a teacher and was Program Specialist for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies for the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Curriculum Support. Irizarry received his BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and Masters in Urban Education from Temple University School of Education. 

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