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Distinguished Lecturer Center for Puerto Rican Studies CUNY, Hunter College

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Job ID 4294 Position will remain open until filled

Distinguished Lecturer

GENERAL DUTIES Performs teaching duties in area(s) of expertise as noted below. Distinguished Lecturers are experienced practitioners or teachers in their professions or fields of expertise. Distinguished Lecturer positions are full-time but non-tenure track positions with a maximum appointment period of seven years, subject to annual reappointment.

CAMPUS SPECIFIC INFORMATION The Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños (Centro)/Hunter College, the only university-based research institute in the United States devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the Puerto Rican experience, seeks a Distinguished Lecturer with research expertise in any one of the wide

range of disciplines within history, education, media studies, the humanities, the social sciences or

behavioral sciences, including those interdisciplinary in nature, to complement its current research capacity. The successful candidate will have a joint academic department and Centro appointment with primary responsibility for teaching four courses a year, and other research and administration duties as assigned by the Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Terminal degree and a record of achievement in a profession or field of expertise related to anticipated teaching assignments.


 Applicants are expected to have a PhD or a terminal degree when appropriate in any one of the wide range of disciplines within history, education, media studies, the humanities, the social sciences or behavioral sciences, including those interdisciplinary in nature, and a record of achievements in his/her field of expertise

 Effective teaching, strong scholarship, and collegial involvement

 Substantial knowledge in Puerto Rican studies

 Interest in community based and policy research is highly desirable and welcomed

 A successful sponsored research track record, administrative experience, and complementarities to

Centro’s mission and research agenda are highly desirable.

For a detailed description refer to the link on the top of the page.


Arizoñando by Ed Morales on Exhibit at Hunter College School of Social Work and Gallery on 119th NYC

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Desde adentro de la galería, cerca de la esquina de la 119 con la Tercera avenida, puedes mirar por la ventana y ver lo típico del Barrio, estilo Nueva York. La constante de la guagua de mantecado Mr. Softee alborotando sus cantos pregrabados que muchos denuncian como el gran enemigo de la paz. Pero esta ventana, en el primer piso del nuevo edificio del Hunter College School of Social Work no es muy  típica, de hecho es un portal que funciona como máquina de tiempo del viejo Star Trek, estilo bomba-Cortijo.

“The project began with the bike,” said Miguel Luciano, whose installation is part of an exhibition called “Labor,” produced by the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños and also features work by Melissa Calderón, Antonio Martorell, Juan Sánchez, and Nitza Tufiño. “I was talking with the Puerto Rico Schwinn Club about the history of the Schwinn bike in Puerto Rico and associations between the bicycle and Puerto Rican culture. Julio Clavijo, the PRSC president recalled that his earliest bicycle memories were of his father’s bicycle. The kids weren’t allowed to ride it because their father used it for transportation to work in the cane fields in La Cantera (de Ponce). This intrigued me, the association between the Schwinn bike and labor in Puerto Rico.”

(See link for the full-length article. )


Thursday, October 13th, 2011


Dr. Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas Plans to Expand Footprint of Baruch’s Latin American Studies Program

NEW YORK, NY, October 5, 2011 – Baruch College is pleased to announce Dr. Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas as the new Valentín Lizana y Parragué Chair of Latin American Studies within the Black and Hispanic Studies Department (BHS).

An anthropologist by training, Ramos-Zayas studies issues focusing on citizenship, race, youth and urban ethnography and the anthropology of affect and emotion.
“What most attracted me to the position was the possibility of using generous funds to create programmatic opportunities for students, particularly those that could include conducting research and learning about New York City Latino neighborhoods and populations,” said Ramos-Zayas. “I see my role as one of connecting the Black and Hispanic Studies Department to other entities at Baruch, CUNY and New York City and even to global institutions.”

Ramos-Zayas is working on the following initiatives at Baruch College and throughout the New York City area:
• Developing the Valentín Lizana y Parragué Certificate in Black, Latino, and Latin American Studies, which will allow students with a minor in BHS, to earn a certificate by taking one extra signature class/workshop in Interdisciplinary Research Methods
• Involving Baruch in collaborations with faculty and students from nearby colleges through the “Economies of Affect” Working Group. Scholarly publications and conferences are likely to emerge from this effort
• Coordinating informal workshops with undergraduate students who are interested in writing books
Prior to Baruch College, Zayas was an associate professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has a doctorate degree in anthropology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and Latin American Studies from Yale University.
She’s also written three books including Street Therapists: Race, Affect and Neoliberal Personhood in Latino Newark which will be released in January 2012 and National Performances: Class, Race and Space in Puerto Rican Chicago and Latino Crossings: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and the Politics of Race and Citizenship.

This new chair was funded by Hedwig Feit, an adjunct professor within the Department of Black and Hispanic Studies and longtime friend of Baruch.

“The idea came to me several years ago,” Feit says. “I recognized there was a profound lack of knowledge about Latinos and I knew someone who would have been very disappointed if I did nothing to amend this fact- my grandfather Valentín Lizana y Parragué whom the Chair is named after. The goal is to educate others about the richness and the many accomplishments and achievements of the Latin-American Culture. I dedicate this new program to the students at Baruch.”

With her late husband, Charles Feit (’48, LHD [Hon.] ’87), she endowed the Feit Interdisciplinary Seminars in the Humanities, and more recently, the Paul André Feit Memorial Fund and the Myrna Chase Seminars for Freshmen. Feit currently serves as chair of the Dean’s Council of the Weismann School of Arts and Sciences.

About the Valentín Lizana y Parragué Chair and Office:
Named after the grandfather of Baruch Adjunct Professor Hedwig Feit, this new program within the Black and Hispanic Studies Department was created to encourage the passion of learning about Latino Studies. A progressive and liberal thinker, Valentín Lizana y Parragué sought to improve the life of the poor through social programs, education, and land reform. His strong sense of patriotism and humanitarianism meant that he always put the needs of others above his own.

About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

Lyn Di Iorio’s New novel, Outside the Bones, Associate Professor at City College

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Excerpt from NY Daily News. See link for full-length article by Carolina Gonzalez

“As Afro-Caribbean culture has become more accepted among Caribbean Latinos and non-Latinos in the past decade or two, a number of books by Latina authors have come out in which the religions and spiritual practices related to Santería, palo monte and vodú play an important and positive part.

The latest of these is the just-released novel “Outside the Bones” by Lyn Di Iorio. The book is narrated by Fina, a Nuyorican woman known as the neighborhood bruja (witch), who does trabajitos or fufú, practical spells to solve her neighbors’ problems.”

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Puerto Rican Studies for a New Century Symposium at Hunter College

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

With support from the Latino Faculty Initiative and CENTRO.
Please pre-register. We look forward to seeing you.

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