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PRSA Annual Symposium: Puerto Rican Studies at 50

Puerto Rican Studies at 50: Engaging the Past and Building the Future of U.S. Ethnic Studies

This year marks half a century of ethnic studies as an intellectual and activist project in U.S. colleges and universities. Born out of the radical student struggle launched by the Third World Liberation Front and Black Student Union for greater campus and curricular diversity, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU). The student activism that shut down the SFSU campus coalesced with and influenced other movements for community control over educational resources around the country. In New York City, students attending the City University of New York (CUNY) fought for accessible, quality education that reflected their experiences and concerns. This resulted in the creation of Puerto Rican Studies departments and programs at a number of CUNY campuses in the fall of 1969 with schools throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic following shortly after.

This year’s PRSA symposium invites participants to consider the legacies and futures of Puerto Rican studies as part of the ethnic studies tradition. Fifty years later, how can we think about the trajectory of Puerto Rican studies – where have we been, where are we now, and where do we need to go? What is the relationship between Puerto Rican studies and the larger ethnic studies project today? What is the place of Puerto Rican studies and ethnic studies within the U.S. neoliberal university? Has institutionalization aided or hindered the struggle for community control over educational resources?


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Learn more about the Puerto Rican Studies Association. 


This event is being hosted by Latino Studies at UT. 

Our Generous Co-Sponsors Include: John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies; Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice; Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies; Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost; Center for Women's and Gender Studies; LGBTQ Studies at CWGS; Department of American Studies; Department of Anthropology. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:00am to 6:00pm

Gordon White Building (GWB), 2.206
210 24TH ST W, Austin, Texas 78705

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