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Job Opportunities

Become part of Centro. We are currently looking to fill a few slots for a digitization project coordinator, and outreach database coordinator.

  • Outreach Database Coordinator

  • Centro Digitization Project Coordinator



  • ASPIRA FOUNDER, DR. ANTONIA PANTOJA
    Legacy and Mural Project

    Wednesday November 20
    4:30pm to 7:00pm
    Casa Azul Book Store
    142 East 103 Street
    New York, New York 10029



    Now available for purchase via the Centro website


  • For more information Click Here...

  • Buy the e-book version of The Stories I Read to the Children Here

    Buy the e-book version of Soy Gilberto Gerena Valentín Here

    "Este libro recorre la vida de un gran acitivista boricua… Imprescindible para estudiar la diáspora"
    -El Nuevo Día


  • Letras que Invitan Tinta Fresca




  • Call for Papers on
    Julia de Burgos


    In honor of the 100th anniversary of Julia de Burgos' birth, Centro seeks papers that reflect critically on Burgos’s work from diverse interpretive approaches.

    Guest editor
    Lena Burgos-Lafuente
    Stony Brook University, SUNY

  • For More Information Click here...



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



    This Centro Archives’ campaign is designed to encourage individuals and organizations to record and document their experiences for future generations by donating their important documents. The campaign aims to expand the Archives and fill gaps in our collections.

    Contact: Alberto Hernández or call 212-396-7876

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  • Tracking the South Bronx
    Carlos Ortiz Photos Tell His Story



    November 22, 2013 - February 1, 2014
    Reception Friday, November 22, 2013
    6-8 pm
    Silberman School of Social Work,
    2180 Third Avenue, 119th Street

    RSVP centro.events@hunter.cuny.edu
    Or Call 212.396-6545

    A Selection of Photographs from the Carlos Ortiz Collection at the Centro Archives.



    Street by Street and Photo by Photo



    In the 1970s, the South Bronx was plagued by a wave of arson and abandoned buildings, leaving whole communities devastated. The Bronx became the symbol of urban decay. Movies like Fort Apache the Bronx and that famous “The Bronx is burning” quote engraved images of ruin in people’s minds for decades.

    For Bronx photographer Carlos Ortiz, his lens became a tool to shoot his own images and tell his Bronx tale his way: one photo at a time in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He walked Bronx streets, including those in his beloved Longwood neighborhood, which he knew by name, capturing heartbreaking and glorious moments as well as documenting the devastation and rise of the Bronx he loved so much and never abandoned.

  • For more information Click Here




  • Posters on the Wall: Our Nuyorican Story

    Reception Thursday, November 14
    6-10pm
    Abrazo Interno Gallery at The Clemente
    107 Suffolk Street

    RSVP: centro.events@hunter.cuny.edu

    Art Exhibit at Borimix


    Centro’s Posters on the Wall: Our Nuyorican Story exhibit opens Thursday, November 14 on the Lower East Side as part of the Society of the Educational Arts (SEA) Borimix Puerto Rico Festival 2013.

  • For more information Click Here




  • Celebración del Poeta Pueblo Tato Laviera

    It was standing room only at la Celebración del Poeta Pueblo, the November 8 memorial service at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan in honor of Nuyorican poet and playwright Tato Laviera.
    His casket was covered with a huge Puerto Rican flag.

    A big photo of a smiling Laviera and a clothes rack with his signature Panama hat and blazer decorated the altar, and photos of a happy Laviera, including a slideshow of special moments in his life with family, friends and colleagues, were exhibited.

  • For more information Click Here



  • Gilberto Gerena Valentín Memoir
    Now Available in English


    Centro’s new book , Gilberto Gerena Valentín: My Life as a Community Activist, Labor Organizer, and Progressive Politician in New York City, is now available in an English translation by Andrew Hurley, professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

  • For more information Click Here



  • Centro's New Educational Tool
    Highlights Puerto Rican Heritage

    Centro’s new Puerto Rican Heritage Poster Series, a collection of five large posters provide a brief historical chronology of Puerto Ricans in the United States and three historical and demographic maps that pictorially reflect Puerto Rican migration. As part of Centro’s Traveling Exhibits program, the posters are available to educational and not-for-profit organizations free as a traveling exhibit. The posters are also available for sale to the general public.

    This rich eight-poster heritage series is designed to provide an attractive visual educational tool for teachers and others to use in classrooms or other public spaces, and to introduce students to and interest them in this significant piece of Puerto Rican and American history.

  • For more information Click Here



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