Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte is interviewed by reporter Angela Peña in the Dominican newspaper Hoy about her experience as founder of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library, her work as a librarian, and experience as an immigrant, among other topics. You can read the full article here.
Bruce Bachand recent publications include “Latin American Resources: Overview of Databases Used in Latin American Research” appearing in this month’s ANSS Currents (the ACRL anthropology and sociology section newsletter). And “Anthropology Libraries and Anthropological Research Today” in Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 32:3 (2013).
The report Del silencio a la memoria. Revelaciones del AHPN, originally published in Spanish in 2011, has been translated and published with a preface by Kate Doyle. The book will be freely distributed in digital format and will be available here.
The publication in Spanish of the report Del silencio a la memoria was unanimously praised as a step forward in both making the work and mission of the AHPN widely known and offering a synthesis of its potential to understand how systematic state repression worked. The story told in this report is an exemplary case of commitment with the past and the future of a society still recovering from the wounds of violence and social injustice. Making this report available in English will amplify the reach of this story and will allow for increased international attention to the amazing work the AHPN is doing. We are very proud to be able to offer this translation to students, scholars, human rights activists, and everyone else with an interest in the connections between history, memory, archives, human rights, and power.
Gabriela Martínez’s documentary Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala (RT 54 min.) tells the story of the AHPN intertwined with the complexities of past human rights abuses, the dramatic effects they had on specific individuals, and present-day efforts to preserve collective memories and bring justice and reconciliation to the country. The film will premiere on October 24 (6 pm, 221 Allen Hall) and will be made available to educators, students, human rights advocates, archivists, and the general public free of charge.
The funding for these two productions was generously provided by the University of Oregon Libraries, the Network Startup Resource Center, Phil and Jill Lighty, the School of Journalism and Communication, and the Americas in a Globalized World Initiative.
A decade after Puerto Rico became a United States “protectorate” in the 1950s, scores of islanders streamed into New York City. Among them were poets, writers, musicians, and artists who used poetry and prose to question and examine their newfound identity, culture, and history in what became known as the Nuyorican Literary Movement.
Magdalena Gómez, a figure in that nascent movement, who used her voice to decry the oppression she observed and encouraged the disenfranchised to work to realize their potential, has recently given her personal papers to the UConn Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
Read the full press release here.
A collection of Dominican Heritage will go on display at the Smithsonian
A collection of Dominican Heritage will go on display at the Smithsonian to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month. Now there’s a call for more memorabilia from the public, primarily in Washington Heights and West Harlem.
The archive was started in 1992 at City College and now the Smithsonian is planning an exhibition based on what Dr. Ramona Hernandez has gathered here.
Watch the news clip here.
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Indiana University announces upcoming lectures by Stuart B. Schwartz
The Brazilian Studies Program and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Indiana University are pleased to announce two upcoming lectures by Stuart B. Schwartz (George Burton Adams Professor of History at Yale University) on the Bloomington campus
“Padre Antonio Vieira: Prophet of a Sugar Empire.” Thursday, September 26, 6:00-7:30 pm Chemistry 001
A Jesuit missionary, writer, and diplomat, Vieira is considered a central figure in the religious and political history of the 17th-century Luso-Brazilian world. In this presentation, Schwartz examines Padre Vieira’s relations with the Portuguese Crown and the New Christians, showing the extent of the involvement of the influential figure in the Brazilian sugar industry.
“The Rains of Lares: Sovereignty, Disaster and Revolution in the 19th-Century Caribbean.” Friday, September 27, 2:00-3:15 pm Student Building 150
Schwartz examines the political impact of the 1867 hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico which, he argues, was a contributing factor to the insurrection known as the Grito de Lares in 1868.
Michael Hoopes is a first-year master’s student in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico, where he is working for Suzanne Shadl as a graduate fellow in the Zimmerman Library. As an undergraduate, Michael attended Brigham Young University, where he worked for Mark Grover cataloging an archaeological collection in Chiapas, Mexico, in addition to processing materials and creating a finding aid for BYU’s portion of the William E. Gates Papers. Upon completing his program of studies at New Mexico, Michael will pursue a MLIS degree beginning fall 2015.
Pascal Lupien is a Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He received his MLIS in 2001 and his MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in 2009. He works closely with faculty and graduate students in the Department of Languages and Literatures, and in particular with the Latin American Studies program.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida were recently awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize approximately 100,000 pages of historic newspapers.The $325,000 grant will fund the “Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project,” which is part of the state’s and territory’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.
Led by project director Patrick Reakes and co-director Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, the project is a collaboration between the Smathers Libraries and the library at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. It will provide a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 from Florida and Puerto Rico.
The completed project will provide free, Internet-based access to newspapers that are currently available only on aging microfilm. The digitized papers will be available through the Library of Congress Chronicling America, the University of Florida Libraries Florida Digital Newspaper Library, the Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña at the University of Puerto Rico, and the Digital Library of the Caribbean.
Mark L. Grover, Latin American and African Studies Librarian at Brigham Young University, will retire August 31, 2013. A reception will be held for him in the Harold B. Lee Library on Friday, September 13, 2013. Mark was hired by BYU in 1973 as its Reserve Librarian. He obtained his Ph. D. from Indiana University in 1985. A historian by training, Mark has been very active in researching and publishing in several areas of interest throughout his career (most importantly: 1) Latin American librarianship, and, 2) the Mormon Church in Latin America), publishing over 60 articles and authoring, co-authoring or editing 5 books. Within SALALM, Mark has researched and made presentations about the history of the organization at various conferences. He has also conducted, recorded and transcribed oral history interviews with many of SALALM’s founding mothers as well as several key figures within the organization who have helped SALALM remain a relevant organization over the years. Mark has served in many capacities within the organization, including SALALM’s President in 1996-1997. Mark has an active interest in seeing new librarians be successful in the organization as well as in Latin American librarianship and has been a mentor for many. He is a strong advocate of Latin American librarians traveling often within Latin America. He has many projects he will focus on now that his writing, researching and traveling time are more his own. Congratulations Mark! We thank you for your contributions to our profession and wish you well. Agora, você é realmente o chefão poderoso!