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El Boletin Newsletter from Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos

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Poet and Barrio Chronicler Tato Laviera

Nuyorican poet Tato Laviera’s works have reached out to the hearts and souls of the Puerto Rican community and nourished us for decades. Now this poet, novelist and cultural icon needs us to reach out to him.

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  • Get Your Copy of
    The Stories I Read to The Children

    Now available for purchase via the Centro website.

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    Of the CENTRO Journal


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

    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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  • 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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  • Residential Segregation, Socioeconomic Status, and Disability: A Study of Puerto Ricans in the U.S.

    In "Residential Segregation, Socioeconomic Status, and Disability: A Multi-Level Study on Puerto Ricans in the United States," Giovani Burgos and Fernando I. Rivera address three key questions: "Does segregation affect the likelihood that Puerto Ricans have a disability? Are higher levels of segregation associated with lower socioeconomic status? Does socioeconomic status mediate the relationship between segregation and disability?"

    The paper, published in the recently released fall 2012 peer-reviewed CENTRO Journal, seeks to answer these questions, as the paper states, "with the goal of informing broader sociological issues on how segregation affects the life chances of individuals and the health of Puerto Ricans in particular."

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  • Soy Gilberto Gerena Valentín
    memorias de un puertorriqueño en Nueva York

    This spring the Center for Puerto Rican Studies is releasing a new book, Soy Gilberto Gerena Valentín: memorias de un puertorriqueño en Nueva York by Gilberto Gerena Valentín and edited by Carlos Rodríguez Fraticelli. It is being published in Spanish.

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  • Don't Miss: April Events

    Thursday, April 4
    4-6 pm
    Legacy Series
    Dr Elena Padilla: A Pioneer at the Crossroads

    Centro Conference Room E1442, East Building, 14th Floor

    A conversation with Drs. Elena Padilla and Mérida M. Rúa examining the integration of Puerto Rican migrants into the social and cultural life.  A contemporary of Jesús Colon, Dr. Padilla worked with him in the1940s to facilitate the human and labor rights of Puerto Rican women who came to work as domestics in Chicago.

    Co-sponsored by the Africana Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Research Writing Group, Arts and Sciences, Hunter College.

    Thursday, April 11
    6 – 8 pm
    Research Seminar II
    Jobs and Education of Puerto Ricans in the United States

    Wednesday, April 17
    6 – 8 pm
    Meet the Author
    Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012

    Wednesday, April 24
    6 – 8 pm
    Meet the Author
    The Stories I Read to the Children

    Please RSVP to

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  • Reassessing Inequality and Reimagining
    The 21st Century: East Harlem Focus
    On Line Dialogue

    Join the online conversation every Tuesday evening for dialogues with scholars, community activists and artists to discuss issues of inequality in East Harlem.

  • For more information

  • 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 or contact José de Jesús, associate director, at

    . If you have questions, feel free to email Centro Director Edwin Meléndez at
    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

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