Little attention had been paid to Puerto Rico before Hurricane María, perhaps because of the complex colonial relationship with the United States. This colloquium was held on March 9, 2018, to gain a better understanding of the political, material, and cultural dimensions of the fiscal crisis and of citizenship and the construction of the Body Politic in a colony. Panels also included questions related to human rights, gender, public health, migration, community power, and solar heating. Economists, legal scholars, academics, and activists from the island will be speaking.
Last month, Brazilian filmmaker João Moreira Salles came to Princeton for a screening and discussion of his film, "In the Intense Now," a documentary essay that weaves together amateur footage from China, Czechoslovakia and France in the late 1960s.
On December 13, 2017, SPO collaborated with LGSA (Latino Graduate Student Association) and PLA (Princeton Latinos y Amigos) to host a special traditional dinner at the Carl Fields Center. This event (which has reached its fifth installment), featured Brazillian food, including feijoada, a traditional stew of beans, pork and sausage, all catered by the Newark-based restaurant, Brasilia Grill.
SPO and Princeton Capoeira organized the second edition of Noite de Capoeira on Thursday, November 29th.
Students and participants learned a little bit about maculelê and capoeira, which are important expressions of Afro-Brazilian culture. Agulha, the instructor from Princeton Capoeira, explained the relation between maculelê and capoeira.
Overall, participants expressed their enthusiasm learning about Afro-Brazilian culture through this fun and engaging event.
On November 17, SPA207 students paid a visit to Firestone Library to see a recently acquired ephemeral collection that documents the Spanish grassroots protest movement called 15-M, after the date it started (May 15, 2011).
Written by Charlie Hankin, November 2017
On Friday, October 20, 2017 the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University sponsored Part I of a symposium on Bankruptcy and Citizenship in Puerto Rico, titled Debt and Colonialism in the Aftermath of Hurricane María. Invited speakers Juan González, Frances Negrón- Muntaner, Yarimar Bonilla and Rafael Cox-Alomar examined the social and political consequences of the Puerto Rican debt crisis in the context of the recent hurricane. Discussants included Princeton faculty members Jeremy Adelman, Rachel Price, Vera Candiani and Robert Karl.
On October 12, over 40 students, faculty, staff and friends gathered on Princeton University’s campus for a tribute to Ricardo Piglia, professor of Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures, emeritus. Piglia died Jan. 6 of cardiac arrest from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was 76.
Written by Rachel Price
In 1900 Moses Taylor Pyne withdrew funds to begin construction on what would eventually become East Pyne, the building that now houses the Spanish and Portuguese as well as other language departments.
Written by Charlie Hankin, July 2017
Protests calling for the return of the military dictatorship were visible throughout Brazil during 2015 when I was living there. A paradoxical request: protesting against one’s right to protest. Negative sentiments toward President Dilma Rousseff culminated in her impeachment, what she and many others have called a political or parliamentary coup.