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Centro's Spring Events 2013

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    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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  • 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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  • Centro’s Archives Gets $25K Grant
    To Help Preserve South Bronx History

    Centro Library and Archives has received a $25,000 grant, which will help preserve the papers of Carlos Ortiz, a noted photographer known especially for his images of the South Bronx, and Robert García, a former Congressman that are stored in Centro Archives.

    Carlos Ortiz was a noted photographer, filmmaker and television producer and is best known for his photographs of the South Bronx. His work is central to understanding the Puerto Rican experience in the area. He chronicled his neighborhood, along Longwood Avenue, and attempted to capture its decay and steep decline into poverty as well as the resiliency of his neighbors in the face of such adversity.

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  • Centro’s Library Awarded $5K Grant
    For Digitization of La Prensa

    Centro has been awarded a $5,000 Carnegie Whitney grant to digitize all issues of La Prensa 1919-1963. La Prensa is the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York City and the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States.

    Helvetia Martell, a Centro librarian, is leading the efforts to digitize the newspapers, calling it “one of our most sought after resources and remaining one of the most important sources documenting the life and culture, not only of Puerto Ricans but also of other Latino groups in the city.”

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  • Upcoming Event

    Research Seminar I
    Demographics and the Social Condition of Puerto Ricans in the United States

    Thursday, March 21, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Centro Conference Room 1442, East Building, 14th Floor

    Researchers will discuss the Puerto Rican diaspora in Southern United States, Puerto Rican settlement and segregation, spatial isolation, significant health outcomes and disparities and civic participation. Individual presentations will be followed by a panel-style Q&A.

    Please RSVP to Evelyn Collazo or call 212-396-7876

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  • New Book Documents Never-Before-Published
    Stories and Essays by Pura Belpré

    For the first time, stories and essays by Pura Belpré (1899-1982) that have never been published before have been collected, edited and annotated in The Stories I Read to the Children, by Dr. Lisa Sánchez González. The new book from Centro Publications is now available for purchase via the Centro website.

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

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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





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