Our Department says “presente” at PRSA!

Six faculty members and two graduate students from the English Department will be presenting at the 8th Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) Conference, titled “Cartographies of Identities: Puerto Rico(ans) in the 21st Century.” The interdisciplinary encuentro will take place at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe, October 1-4.

Here’s a preview of what we will present:

English faculty members Catherine Mazak, Rosita Rivera and Nancy Vicente will join Teresita Santiago (Penn State) and Jorge Schmidt (Social Sciences, UPRM) on a panel titled Teaching and Learning English on Contested Ground: Language, Identity and Education in Puerto Rico. (10/3 @ 10:15 a.m.)

English faculty member Liz Dayton and Hispanic Studies faculty member Doris Martínez will present a paper titled Communities in Contact: Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the Geographical Spaces of New York City and Puerto Rico. (10/3 @ 2:45 p.m.)

English faculty member Jocelyn A. Géliga Vargas and MAEE students Irmaris Rosas and Fabiola Barrera will join Luis Daniel Cruz (undergrad, Social Sciences, UPRM), Carlos Delgado, Tania Delgado and Alfredo González (all Aguadilla community leaders) and Héctor Bermúdez (Museo de la Mujer y el Hombre Negro de Puerto Rico) on a roundtable discussion titled Historia oral afropuertorriqueña: una misión y una visión (Afro-Puerto Rican Oral History: A Mission and a Vision). (10/3 @ 4:30 p.m.)

English faculty member Mary Sefranek will present a paper titled The Production of Digital Narratives in Rural Puerto Rico: Technological Panoramas, Prospects and Im/Possibilities in English Education. (10/4 @ 2:45 p.m.)

For more information about the conference and to view the voluminous conference program, go to: http://www.puertorican-studies.org/