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Puerto Ricans at UT Austin

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico and caused unprecedented destruction. Consequently, Puerto Rican students and faculty at the University of Texas at Austin began to help their relatives, friends, and communities on the island. In the process, students and faculty shared concerns and contributed in various efforts of outreach and fundraising.

By the joint efforts of graduate students and faculty, we are finding fellow Puerto Ricans at UT Austin, including 19 graduate students, 10 undergraduate students, 14 faculty members, 1 postdoctoral fellow, and 3 staff members.

On December 9, 2017, three faculty members decided to create an organization to pull together any and all individuals at UT Austin who wish to support Puerto Rico’s recovery, and more broadly, to facilitate ways for persons interested in Puerto Rico’s culture, history, or economy to meet one another. Thus, we created the group “PROESA.”

The present website provides information about events, news, and works, by faculty and students at UT Austin.


 

Chronology:

 

Interdisciplinary Speaker Series: “Puerto Rico in Crisis”

organized by Mónica Jiménez, with help from Ted Gordon AADS, John Gonzalez at CMAS, Karen Engle at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights

forthcoming in 2018

 

Visiting Scholar:

“LLILAS-Benson Visiting Resource in 2018-19”

Prof. Carlos Ramos and Prof. Megan Raby (History)

submitted an application to bring Prof. Manuel Valdés Pizzini as a LLILAS-Benson Visiting Resource in 2018-19. He’s an Anthropologist at UPR-Mayaguez and has done extensive work on the governance of coastal and forest resources of Puerto Rico.

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7NKl40wAAAAJ&hl=en

submitted in spring 2018

 


Mónica Jiménez discusses the contested question of Puerto Rico’s sovereignty, at LLILAS

Public Talk:

“Rethinking Sovereignty in the Face of Crisis:  Lessons from the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party”

by Mónica Jiménez, Assistant Professor in the Department of African & African Diaspora Studies

March 28, 2018 (postponed) SRH 1.313, Hosted by LLILAS BENSON

 

Libraries Outreach:

“Puerto Rican Archives Initiative”

César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comp. Literature

Project to preserve and digitalize archives damaged by Hurricane María in Puerto Rico

2018, Benson Library

 

News Article:

“Teachers Protest the Collapse of Public Education in Puerto Rico”

by Alberto A. Martínez, Professor, Department of History, UT Austin

http://thehill.com/opinion/education/381816-teachers-protest-the-collapse-of-public-education-in-puerto-rico

April 5, 2018, The Hill

 

Comic Book Review:

“Puerto Rico Strong”

by Sam Ginsburg, Graduate Student, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

http://www.pterodactilo.com/blog/review-puerto-rico-strong/

March 19, 2018, Pterodáctilo

 

Podcast:

“Rebuilding Puerto Rico”

by Alberto A. Martínez, Professor, Department of History, UT Austin

https://soundcloud.com/thedailytexan/pale-blue-dot-rebuilding-puerto-rico

March 8, 2018, Pale Blue Dot, Daily Texan Podcast, interview by Albert Zhao

 

Public Talk:

“Puerto Rico in Never-Never Land: Questions of Law and Sovereignty in the Age of Promesa”

by Mónica Jiménez, Assistant Professor, Department of African & African Diaspora Studies

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/cwgs/events/45123

March 6, 2018, Center for Women’s & Gender Studies, Glickman Conference Center

 

Blog Post:

“Recipe for Rice and Beans in Post-Maria Puerto Rico”

by Mónica B. Ocasio Vega, Graduate Student

http://www.pterodactilo.com/blog/recipe-for-rice-and-beans-in-post-maria-puerto-rico/

January 22, 2018, Pterodáctilo

 

News Article:

“Will 2018 Be the Year Latino Americans Unite?”

by Lauren Lluveras, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis

http://latinousa.org/2018/01/10/will-2018-year-latino-americans/

January 10, 2018, Latino USA

 

News Article:

“What Children in Puerto Rico Learned from the Hurricane”

by Alberto A. Martínez, Professor, Department of History, UT Austin

http://www.latina.com/op-ed-what-children-puerto-rico-learned-hurricane

December 29, 2017, Latina

 

Fundraiser:

“Donations for Schoolchildren in Aguas Buenas and Cayey”

Gabriel Rodriguez-Rivera, graduate student, and the Club Rotario of Prosper, TX

DHL donated two pallet shipments to Puerto Rico to send School Supplies to PR Students

Link: http://a.co/aG8hRW7

December 1-20, 2017

 


First meeting of PROESA: left to right: Francisco González-Lima, Alberto A. Martínez, César Salgado

Organizational Meeting:

“Puerto Rican Organization for Educational Support and Advocacy”

Prof. César Salgado, Prof. Francisco González-Lima, and Prof. Alberto A. Martínez started the steering committee to create an organization of Puerto Ricans at UT Austin, called PROESA

December 9, 2017, Blanton Café

 

 

Music Event:

“World Music Night: Caribbean Ensemble”

Prof. Robin Moore

December 8, 2017, Central Market, Butler School of Music

 

News Report:

“EERC hosts First Student-Run Event”

by Katie Balevic, UT student

https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/12/03/eerc-hosts-first-student-run-event

December 3, 2017, The Daily Texan

 

Dance Performance:

“Sembrando Herencia: La Promesa Rebelde”

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance / Puerto Rican Cultural Center

http://prfdance.org

December 2-3, 2017, George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center

 

Fundraiser:

“Casino Night: Donations for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico”

Student Engineering Council and the Texas Blazers

Casino Night at The Engineering Education and Research Center: “All of the proceeds from the evening went to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico through International Relief Teams.” https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/12/03/eerc-hosts-first-student-run-event

December 1, 2017

 

News Report:

“On Their Own: As public institutions across the country offer aid to Hurricane Maria victims, Puerto Ricans in Texas find lack of initiative from the state’s universities.”

by Albert Zhao, with interviewed of Prof. César Salgado, graduate student Beth Colón-Pizzini, Prof. Carlos Ramos Scharrón, Prof. Alberto A. Martínez, and graduate student Lara Sanchez

https://thedailytexan.atavist.com/on-their-own

November 19, 2017, Daily Texan Atavist

 

News Article:

“Puerto Rican Students Deserve Support from University”

Alberto A. Martínez, Professor, Department of History

https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/11/09/puerto-rican-students-deserve-support-from-university

November 9, 2017, The Daily Texan

 

Exhibit:

“6th Annual Roberto Clemente Memorabilia Display”

http://prfdance.org/perform17.htm

November 4, 2017, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin

 


Prof. González-Lima at the UCC fundraiser

Fundraiser:

“Concert: To Puerto Rico with Love”

University Christian Church; raised more than $7,000 for Puerto Rico relief

http://www.ucc-austin.org/puerto-rico-benefit-concert/

October 28, 2017

Musicians at the UCC fundraiser for Puerto Rico


 

Fundraiser:

“Hurricane Maria Relief Continues: Ministry of Relocation”

http://prfdance.org/perform17.htm

http://prfdance.org/travelTourism.htm

October 21, 2017, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin

 

News Article:

“Overpaid in Puerto Rico’s Huge Debt Crisis? A Lesson for the States”

Alberto A. Martínez, Professor, Department of History

https://news.utexas.edu/2017/10/19/overpaid-in-puerto-rico-s-huge-debt-crisis

October 19, 2017, Texas Perspectives

 

 

Fundraiser:

“Hurricane Maria Relief Continues: Ministry of Relocation”

http://prfdance.org/perform17.htm

http://prfdance.org/travelTourism.htm

October 21, 2017, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin

 


Prof. César Salgado presents Eduardo Lalo at Malvern Books.

Exhibit Opening:

“Deudos / Death Debt: The Art of Eduardo Lalo”

Photographs of Puerto Rico in the economic crisis

Discussion by Prof. César Salgado and Prof. Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/llilas/events/event.php?id=45414

October 19, 2017, Benson Latin American Collection

 

 

News Article:

“Is Racial Bias Driving Trump’s Neglect of Puerto Rico?”

Lauren Lluveras, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis

https://theconversation.com/is-racial-bias-driving-trumps-neglect-of-puerto-rico-85662

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-is-racial-bias-driving-trumps-neglect-of-puerto-rico-85662-20171018-story.html

https://www.chron.com/lifestyle/calle-houston/article/Is-racial-bias-driving-Trump-s-neglect-of-Puerto-12290466.php

October 18-19, 2017, The Conversation, The Chicago Tribune, Chron.com

 

News Article:

“Update: UT President Fenves Responds on Calls to Help Academics in Puerto Rico”

by Omar Rodriquez-Ortiz, who interviewed Prof. César Salgado and Prof. Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

http://reportingtexas.com/ut-professors-to-fenves-help-college-students-and-academics-in-puerto-rico/

October 18, 2017, Reporting Texas

 

News Report:

“Faculty Members Speak at Special Forum on Hurricane Crisis Afflicting Puerto Rico, Caribbean”

by Katie Balevic, who interviewed Prof. Jossianna Arroyo-Martinez, Prof. Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, and Prof. Mónica Jimenez

https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/10/18/faculty-members-speak-at-special-forum-on-hurricane-crisis-afflicting-puerto-rico

October 18, 2017, The Daily Texan

 

Discussion Panel:

“LLILAS Foro Urgente: Unnatural Disaster:  Puerto Rico & the Caribbean after Hurricanes Irma and Maria”

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/llilas/events/event.php?id=45373

https://calendar.utexas.edu/event/unnatural_disaster_puerto_rico_the_caribbean_after_hurricanes_irma_and_maria#.WiwJF7Q-cxg

October 17, 2017, LLILAS & Benson Latin American Collection

 

Blog Article:

“While Relief Stalls, Puerto Ricans Suffer”

by Nina Guidice

https://bainesreport.org/2017/10/while-relief-stalls-puerto-ricans-suffer/

October 17, 2017, The Baines Report

 

Blog Post:

“Puerto Rico’s Disaster is not just 45”

by Joshua Ortiz Baco, Graduate Student, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

http://www.pterodactilo.com/blog/puerto-ricos-disaster-is-not-just-45/

October 17, 2017, Pterodáctilo

 

News Article:

“Nine Habits for a Highly Effective Disaster Recovery”

Lourdes Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, Director of the Center for Place-Based Initiatives, Dell Medical School

http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article179156631.html

October 16, 2017, Star-Telegram


Four-time Emmy Award winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson interviews Prof. Alberto A. Martinez about the economic crisis in Puerto Rico. Photo at Ponce de León Ave., Santurce, PR.

TV News Report:

“Double Disaster in Puerto Rico: Hurricane and Economic Crisis”

Alberto A. Martínez, Professor, Department of History

http://fullmeasure.news/news/cover-story/double-disaster

October 15, 2017, interviewed by Sharyl Attkisson on FULL MEASURE

 

Fundraiser:

“UNIDOS relief fund for Puerto Rico and Mexico”

raised over $800 donated to the Hispanic Federation, national Latino nonprofit which created the UNIDOS relief fund in response to Hurricane Maria and the Mexico City earthquake.

https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/10/13/ut-hispanic-coalition-raises-funds-for-puerto-rico-mexico-relief

October 13, 2017, UT Hispanic Coalition

 

News Article:

“UT Hispanic Coalition Raises Funds for Puerto Rico, Mexico Relief”

by Stephanie Adeline, UT student

https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/10/13/ut-hispanic-coalition-raises-funds-for-puerto-rico-mexico-relief

October 12, 2017 The Daily Texan

 

News Article:

“Puerto Rican Faculty ask Fenves to Extend Aid after Hurricane Maria”

by Jenan Taha, interviews of Prof. Cesar Salgado and Prof. Luis Zayas

https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/10/11/puerto-rican-faculty-ask-fenves-to-extend-aid-after-hurricane-maria

October 11, 2017, The Daily Texan

 

News Article:

“Puerto Rico: Racializing the Federal Response”

Lauren Lluveras, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis

http://www.theglobepost.com/2017/10/11/puerto-rico-hurricane-racial/

October 11, 2017, The Globe Post

 

Fundraiser:

Collected items to donate to HelpingPuertoRico.org

Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC)

Feminist Latinx Organization Empowering Society (FLORES)

http://diversity.utexas.edu/genderandsexuality/student-groups/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lbjpaacc/#_=_

October 4, 2017, LBJ School of Public Affairs

 

News Article:

“Students Reflect on Puerto Rico Relief”

by Allyson Waller, Ana Sobrino, Juan Cardoza-Oquendo, https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/10/04/students-reflect-on-puerto-rico-relief

October 4, 2017, The Daily Texan

 

News Article:

“Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Will Make Hurricane Recovery Even Harder”

by Lauren Lluveras, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/27/puerto-ricos-bankruptcy-will-make-hurricane-recovery-even-harder/?utm_term=.e268c952fd3f

September 27, 2017, The Washington Post; September 30, SALON

 

News Article:

“El horizonte en una isla”

by Joshua Ortiz Baco, Graduate Student, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

http://www.pterodactilo.com/blog/el-horizonte-en-una-isla/

April 1, 2017, Pterodáctilo

 

Lecture:

“La Resistencia: Art, Socio-Politics, and Afro–Puerto Rican Womanhood”

Beth Colón Pizzini, graduate student, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/llilas/events/event.php?id=42078

October 5, 2016 | LLILAS, GWB 4.112

 

Lecture:

“Racial Identity Attitudes and Ego Identity Development in Dominican and Puerto Rican College Students”

Delida Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/llilas/events/event.php?id=39829

February 4, 2016, LLILAS, Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

 

Poetry Forum:

“Am-e-Rícans: First Poéticas para el Siglo XXI Poetry Forum”

Invited poets: Urayoán Noel, Mara Pastor, and Willie Perdomo.

Organized by Prof. César Salgado, Prof. Luis Cárcamo-Huechante and Prof. Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

April 22, 2011, UT Austin

 

Lecture:

“Tropical Flanerie in an Off-White City: The FDR Boulevard and Colonial Modernity in San Juan, Puerto Rico, since World War II’”

Prof. Luis Figueroa, Trinity College, Distinguished Speakers in Latin American History Series

February 20, 2008, Department of History, Governors’ Room, Texas Union 3.116

 

News Article:

“Declaración de académicos y académicas puertorriqueños en Estados Unidos sobre el actual conflicto de la UPR”

by Prof. Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

http://www.claridadpuertorico.com/content.html?news=BB9C0FBD304856266FFF049925C210C0

May 21, 2010, Claridad.

 

News Article:

“Censura literaria, censura política, ceguera social: ¿Para quién y contra quiénes?”

by Prof. Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

http://www.claridadpuertorico.com/content.html?news=C435C445304856266F8CFAA2390A59A7

September 16, 2009, Claridad, 4 pages.

 

Lecture:

“Fin de Siglo: Secrecy and Technologies of the Word in Caribbean Freemasonry”

Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez, Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese

Spetember 2005, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

 

Lecture:

“The Politics of Archival Suppression and Recovery in Puerto Rico: On Editing Lola Rodríguez de Tió’s New York Epistolary (1896-1899)”

César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comp. Literature

December 3, 2004, LLILAs Faculty Fellows Breakfast

 

Public Talk:

“Talk on the Puerto Rican poet Luis Palés Matos”

César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comp. Literature

October 2, 2000, Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance Company

 

Article:

“González’s Wake: Reinventing 1898 in Post-1980 Puerto Rican Fiction”

César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comp. Literature

Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Journal (Fall 1999) 10 (2): 111-123.

 

Article:

“El Entierro de González: Con(tra)figuraciones del 98 en la Narrativa Ochentista Puertorriqueña”

Revista Iberoamericana, Special issue: 1898-1998 (July-Dec. 1998) 184-185: 413-439

 

Conference:

“1898 Revisited: Culture, Archive, and Diaspora After the Spanish-American War”

César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comp. Literature

November 13-14, 1998, UT ILAS and Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Panel Discussion:
“Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in ‘98”

César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comp. Literature

April 21, 1998, Austin Community College (Río Grande Campus), Foreign Language Dept.

 

Lecture:

“Archivos Encontrados: Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá o los Diablejos de la Historiografía Puertorriqueña”

César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comp. Literature

February 11, 1997, UT Department of Spanish Faculty Lecture Series

 

Poetry Reading:

“Nuyorican” poet Martín Espada

Organized by César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comp. Literature

February 22, 1996, Depts. Spanish & Portuguese, English, and ILAS Caribbean Working Group

 

Roundtable:

“Just Said No: A Panel on United States and Puerto Rico Relations After the 1993 Plebiscite”

Roundtable with Juan Manuel García Passalacqua (Puerto Rican Political Analyst), Carlos Pavón (History Prof., University of Puerto Rico); Federico Subervi (Professor of RTF, UT Austin). Organized by César Salgado, Associate Professor, Dept. Spanish and Portuguese,

March 28, 1994, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese and ILAS Caribbean Working Group.