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A Decoloniality Workshop with Vanessa Pérez Rosario

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 50, Room 51A
Workshop: 
Concerning Violence: A Decolonial Collaborative Research Group
Meeting Description: 

Please join us in welcoming Professor Vanessa Pérez Rosario by discussing her upcoming literary project. As associate professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, Professor Pérez explores the overlapping Latinx histories of the United States and Caribbean. Having worked on topics ranging from Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos in her book, Becoming Julia de Burgos (UI Press, 2014), as well as the politics of transnational journalism, Professor Pérez examines the ways Latinx migrant lives contribute to cultural spaces in the United States. Her recent work illuminates the artistic changes that have emerged as a result of Puerto Rican migration to the continental United States. By writing her scholarship in English, Professor Pérez has allowed English-speaking audiences further access to the Caribbean history that informs American culture, revealing the profound ways bilingual communities influence one another despite the presence of politicized borders. She also works in cultural criticism, having contributed reviews to publications such as the Hemispheric Institute’s journal emisférica and interviewed artists such as Andrea Arroyo.

Dr. Vanessa Pérez Rosario is associate professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She earned a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, Davis with a designated emphasis in critical theory. Her teaching and research areas include U.S. Latino/a literature, language, culture, and society, and Latinos and education. She is an associate investigator on the City University of New York - New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals, a project of the PhD Program in Urban Education and the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also on the board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project at the University of Houston. Dr.  Pérez Rosario is author of Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon (University of Illinois Press 2014) and the editor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave 2010).

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