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Centro's Spring Events 2013

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  • The Smithsonian Latino Center

    The Smithsonian Latino Center is now accepting applications for its 2013 Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) taking place in Washington, D.C. July 1 – August 9. The Latino Center is accepting applications through April 15.

  • for more information go to Latino Museum Studies Program

  • For The Smithsonian Latino Center Announces 2013 Latino Museum Studies Program Click here



  • Undergrad Summer Institute in Washington D.C.

    Centro will sponsor two college students at the Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy (SILPP), an educational program for undergraduates and those who graduated no earlier than December 1, 2012. Applicants must be enrolled in the Inter-University Program for Latino Research’s (IUPLR) member institutions, which includes Hunter College.

  • To read the full internship descriptions or for other information, go to Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy



  • Call for Papers for the Fourth Biennial “Latino Art Now!” Conference

    The Inter-University Program for Latino Research, the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian American Art Museum announced a call for papers as part of the Fourth Biennial “Latino Art Now!” conference on November 7-9, 2013.

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  • Call for Papers: The Puerto Rican Discussion Group of the MLA

    We seek papers examining any aspect of Puerto Rican crime narratives (noir,hard-­‐ boiled, true crime, etc), on any genre (fiction, film, graphic novels, and/or popular music). 300-word abstracts by 15 March 2013.

    El Puerto Rican Discussion Group del MLA invita propuestas que examinen el tema de la “narrativa criminal”, en cualquiera de sus manifestaciones (noir, hard-­boiled, true crime, etc).

    Contact: Jason Cortés

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  • Become Part of Our History:
    Join Centro’s 100 Puerto Ricans


    The goal is to urge those who have made a difference in our community to donate their important documents to the Centro Archives which will expand and fill gaps in our collections.
    Contact: Alberto Hernández or call 212-396-7876

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  • Get Your Copy
    Of the CENTRO Journal
    Featuring Piri Thomas

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    For more information on the CENTRO Journal, visit Centro-journal. To order paperback copy of the spring 2012 edition online at $15 each click here., To order the Kindel version at $7.99 click here





    Minding/Mending the Puerto Rican Education Pipeline in New York City


    Puerto Ricans in New York City continue to face numerous social and economic barriers, which are often related to poor academic achievement, high dropout rates and low college enrollment and graduation rates.

    In his new paper “Minding/Mending the Puerto Rican Education Pipeline in New York City,” Luis O. Reyes, research associate at Centro, takes a closer look at how well or poorly Puerto Ricans, in particular youth between 16 and 24, are faring academically.

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  • Meet our Staff: Researcher Kurt Birson


    Kurt Birson, Centro’s new research assistant, is keeping busy on several projects with a focus on economics. He’s examining the economic impact of the Great Recession on Puerto Ricans and Latinos and also looking at the causes behind the most recent waves of migration from Puerto Rico to the United States.

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  • Meet the Author


    Join us on Tuesday, March 12th and meet the author Jesús Papoleto Meléndez. His book Hey Yo! Yo Soy! is a collection of poems about growing up Puerto Rican in El Barrio. The poems in the book chronicle the evolution of his relationship with his community and his political and social awakening as a poet, writer and activist.

    Presenters: Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Urayoán Noel Tomás

    Tuesday, March 12, 6 pm - 8 pm
    Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 Third Avenue,
    119th Street, Auditorium


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  • Special Issue of CENTRO Journal Highlights
    Social Condition of Stateside Puerto Ricans: Critical Needs and Public Policy Implications


    An underlying theme featured throughout the new special issue of the CENTRO Journal is “that the need for more research on the social conditions of Puerto Ricans is imperative,” according to José Luis Morín, guest editor of the fall 2012 edition.


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  • The Frank Bonilla Fellowship

    The Frank Bonilla Fellowship Fund supports the advancement of the field of Puerto Rican Studies in honor of his legacy. The purpose of the fund is to identify and select undergraduate and graduate students who express a strong interest in Puerto Rican Studies and to support their research in this field. Frank Bonilla Fellows receive a $500 stipend. Undergraduate applications are still being accepted.

  • For more information please Click Here




  • Professional Research and Archive Staff

    Centro has two positions available for research associates to conduct academic research in connection with CUNY programs. A PhD is required.

    A new library archivist position is now available.

    There are also two positions available for research assistants (econometrics specialist) to provide research and organizational support to Centro’s director. Research projects will focus on the study and interpretation of the social conditions of the Puerto Rican community in the United States.

  • For full job descriptions: visit CENTRO EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


  • In addition, an opening for a research assistant (post-doctoral)   will be posted in early March on the CUNY site. Those interested in obtaining a copy of the complete posting for this post should visit the Centro website at http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu or contact José de Jesús, associate director, at jdejesus@hunter.cuny.edu

    . If you have questions, feel free to email Centro Director Edwin Meléndez at emele@hunter.cuny.edu
    and send a copy to José de Jesus.



    Research Fellowship

    Centro will make awards, depending on funding availability, in any or all of the following categories: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellows to assist PhD candidates complete research and write their dissertations; Post-Doctoral Fellows to support scholars who have recently completed their doctoral studies develop a defined scholarly agenda leading to publications; and Visiting Faculty Fellows (open to CUNY faculty only) to provide junior faculty members course release time to further develop a defined scholarly agenda leading to publication.

  • For full job descriptions: visit REQUEST FOR FELLOWSHIPS PROPOSALS




  • Forthcoming Centro Publications

    The Stories I Read to the Children: The Life and Writing of Pura Belpré, the Legendary Storyteller, Children’s Author, and New York Public Librarian

    Selected, Edited, and Biographical Introduction by Lisa Sánchez González.

  • For more information on this book Click here...






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