Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies

Past Events

Past Events



Friday, October 11, 2013 11 AM East Dining Room, Music Building

Hispanic Heritage Month event

Cosponsored by LALPRS, Offices of the President and Provost, School of Arts and Humanities, Women's Studies, CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

Keynote Lecture: Our youth AND our families: Undocumented youth activism and immigrant rights politics

Welcome Remarks: President Ricardo Fernández

Professor Amalia Pallares, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program, University of Illinois at Chicago


Friday October 18, 2013

Festival de la Palabra

Cosponsored by LALPRS, School of Arts and Humanities, Dept. of Languages and Literatures, CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

12-2 PM La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd Street). Debate− “América Latina: un viaje literario de ida y vuelta”, con Cristina Fernández Cubas, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, José Manuel Fajardo, Carlos Vázquez Cruz, and Valeria Luiselli.



Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Graduate Center, Room 9207, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

Sponsored by CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

A talk by Ruben Figueroa, human rights activist, and Moyses Zuniga, photographer, on their work defending the human rights of Central American migrants in Mexico.


Friday, November 8th from 6-8 pm, Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, Room 9205.

Sponsored by CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

Book talk, Lehman Political Science Professor, Alfonso Gonzales speaks about his new book, Reform Without Justice: Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Tuesday November 12, from 2-5 p.m Lovinger Theater, Lehman College

Sponsored by LALPRS and Office of the President.

Film: "Por Amor en el Caserio" at Lovinger Theater. Film website:www.poramorenelcaserio.comand link to the trailer:


On Wednesday, March 13 at 2 PM, the Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies, in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs and the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies was delighted to present the groundbreaking documentary Harvest of Empire. The film screening were followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Juan Gonzalez, author of the book Harvest of Empire, co-anchor of Democracy Now, Daily News reporter and one of the makers of the film. The LA Times review of the film notes: "Built for clarity rather than cinematic excitement, ‘Harvest of Empire’ is a straightforward and important lesson in regional politics, from economic interconnections to covert operations. Based on the book by ‘Democracy Now’ co-host Juan González, the film presses past the distortions and prejudices that are shaping much of the immigration debate in the United States. It lays out a historical overview of U.S. policy in Latin America, illuminating its direct role in decades of northward migration by millions of people."

Dec. 6, 2012: Remembering the Past and Making the Future: LALPRS Yesterday, Today and Into Tomorrow

On Dec. 6, we hosted a Video Conference on the Puerto Rican Diaspora, featuring discussions with national experts (as well as our own faculty) on important issues—both historical and contemporary—affecting migrants and their communities throughout the U.S.

At 2 pm, we heard from former and current LALPRS students (Ivan Waldo, Minerva Velazquez Muñoz, Karen Rojas) about their experiences as LALPRS students and graduates. We were also treated to a musical performance by famed harpist Verónica Valerio.

BronxNet posted video of Verónica Valerio's performance, as well as extended footage.

On Monday, October 15 Lehman College celebrated Hispanic Heritage and LAPRS' own Professor Teresita Levy delivered the keynote lecture "La Ola Latina: Electoral Politics in Puerto Rico and the 2012 Presidential Election in the U.S.". Monday, Oct. 15 6:00- 8:00 PM Lovinger Theater. LAPRS student Lennin Reyes wrote a report for the Bronx Journal on the event.

On Wednesday, April 25, LAPRS honored one of our own, LAPRS faculty member Xavier Totti, editor of the Centro Journal. The event was a resounding success. Click here for a link to the video of the event.
"Chronicling the Puerto Rican Diaspora: A Tribute to Professor Xavier Totti, Editor, Centro Journal"
A celebration of LAPRS faculty member Xavier Totti and the Centro Journal with a talk by Rutgers University historian Lorrin Thomas.

Mexican Studies? The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies was approved on Feb. 27, 2012! LAPRS faculty member Alyshia Gálvez is its director. Visit our website for more information.

Wednesday, April 25, from 2-5 p.m. (Carman Hall Lecture Hall B-36)

Conference: Mexican Immigration and Health

May 11, 2012 Faculty Dining Room 8:30 AM -6:00 PM

With Keynote Lecture by David Hayes-Bautista and featured panelists: Peter Guarnaccia, Ramona Tenorio, Luisa Borrell, Jennifer Burrell, Lisa Sun-Hee Park, Anahí Viladrich, Seth Holmes, and Robert Smith. The event is also the academic launch of the newly formed CUNY Mexican Studies Institute.

"Chronicling the Puerto Rican Diaspora: A Tribute to Professor Xavier Totti, Editor, Centro Journal"

A celebration of LAPRS faculty member Xavier Totti and the Centro Journal with a talk by Rutgers University historian Lorrin Thomas.

hman Student Melissa García Velez and LAPRS Faculty member, Alyshia Gálvez appeared in an Emmy-nominated CUNY TV program, Nueva York, on the DREAM Act and Immigration Reform.

IME Becas: Full tuition scholarships for students of Mexican origin, sponsored by the government of Mexico. Applications due April 2, 2012.

LAPRS Faculty member Alyshia Gálvez speaks at Leonard Lief Library on April 18, 2012 at 4 pm on her new book: Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers.

LAPRS Chair Licia Fiol-Matta spoke at the CUNY Graduate Center:

May 1, 2012, 6:30pm | The Skylight Room (9100)

Limited Definition(s) and Sound Cultures: MP3s, Soundscapes, Power

Jonathan Sterne, Licia Fiol-Matta

What does the world’s most popular format for recording tell us about human history? What are the connections between the history of sound and the defining features of modernity, from developments in medicine, physics, and philosophy to the tumultuous shifts of industrial capitalism, colonialism, urbanization, modern technology, and the rise of a new middle class? Join Jonathan Sterne (Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University) and Licia Fiol-Matta (Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, Lehman College, CUNY) as they explore the history and culture of sound and its relationship to twentieth century media and technology.

LAPRS cosponsored a talk by Jessica Vásquez

Mexican Migration and Family: Experiences of Race Across Three Generations

Prof. Vásquez, University of Kansas, is a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and author of Mexican Americans Across Generations.

Thursday, March 22, 20112 PM Carman B08.



In collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in New York and Lehman College of the City University of New Yor:

Empowering the Mexican Community:

Financial and Economic Inclusion

Monday, March 12th

5:30 PM

Segal Theatre

CUNY Graduate Center

365 5th Ave between 34th and 35th Street

New York, NY 10016



February 16, 2012 LAPRS cosponsors an important event:

Human Rights: Breaking the Cycle of Violence, Addressing the Needs of Central American Migrants in Mexico

Padre Solalinde
Co- Sponsored by:
Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies
Dept. of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies
New York University's Dept. of Social and Cultural Analysis
Faculty Initiative for the Formation of a Mexican Studies Institute
The National Human Rights Committee of Mexico (CNDH) estimates that over 11,000 migrants were kidnapped in Mexico in a six-month period in 2010. Padre Alejandro Solalinde Guerra decided to create a shelter called “Hermanos en el Camino” which provides migrants a brief and safe rest during their journey. As a result of his work, he has faced death threats and other challenges. As a result of his work, he has faced death threats and other challenges. Come hear him speak about his efforts and learn more about the situation he faces in his work.
Lehman College
East Dining Room
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.
For more information:



Mujeres de Febrero con Duarte, obra teatral

Dominican Heritage Celebration:

February 27, 2012 at 6 PM in the Lovinger Theater in the Music Building

for more information, contact (718)960-8292

Last modified: Dec 16, 2013