As final projects for POR 304 “Sound and Sense,” students created podcast episodes. Topics range from popular music to linguistics, identity, work, dance, singing, water, and others. Narrations and interviews were recorded in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. The McGraw Digital Learning Lab—in particular, Dan Claro—assisted with the technical aspect of mixing and editing the audio.
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.
Before coming to Princeton, Jordan Thomas received lots of advice, but the words that stuck with him most were, “Never forget where you came from.”
Nearly four years later, the senior has found multiple ways to connect with his Portuguese and Newark, New Jersey, roots, both in and outside the classroom. Thomas is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earning certificates in African American studies and Portuguese language and culture, on his way to being named a Rhodes Scholar last November and graduating this spring.
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.
SPO emeritus faculty member Ronald Surtz and his co-editor Professor Jessica Boon (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) were recently awarded Honorable Mention by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) for their translation of the publication, Mother Juana de la Cruz, 1481–1534: Visionary Sermons. The prize was awarded in the category for the best scholarly edition in translation of 2016 in the field of early modern women and gender.
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.
In June 2017, Firestone Library received an important gift of eight first editions of works by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz donated by Mr. Edgar Legaspi of New York City.
Known internationally as “The Tenth Muse” because of her brilliant writing, Sor Juana was a self-taught author and philosopher whose texts comprised mystery plays, poetry and Baroque ceremonial pieces, as well as the first feminist manifesto written in the New World.
On May 8, 2017, SPO instructors of SPA107 hosted an event with Lorenzo Santillán to discuss the challenges and obstacles that children of undocumented immigrants face. Lorenzo also shared his personal story as featured in the documentary, Underwater Dreams.
A recording of the event can be viewed here.