Lectures on the History of Vieques, Puerto Rico

From November 28 to December 1, 2011, Robert Rabin, director of the Conde de Mirasol Fort Museum (Vieques, Puerto Rico), will deliver a series of lectures on the history of the island of Vieques. The lectures will be held in New York, Hartford, and Boston.

On Monday, November 28, at 6:30pm, the lecture “Vieques: notas sobre la situación actual y la lucha pos bombardeo” [Vieques: Notes on the Current Situation and the Post-Bombing Struggle] will take place at Casa de Las Americas in New York. Casa de Las Americas is located at 182 East 111th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues). There is a suggested donation of $5-10 (but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds). The next day, November 29, at 5:00pm, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library and Archives at the Silberman School of Social Work will host “Vieques, Five Centuries of Struggle and Resistance: A Bibliographical Gaze.” The Center is located at 2180 3rd Avenue and 119th Street in New York.

In Hartford, Connecticut, the talk entitled “Historia de Vieques: lucha, resistencia y el futuro de la Isla” [ History of Vieques: Struggle, Resistance and Future of the Island] will take place on Wednesday, November 30, at 2:00 to 4:00pm at Capitol Community College and Mi Casa Family Services at 6:00pm.

Finally, in Boston, the Gaston Institute and the Latin American Studies Program of UMass/Boston will host “Investigación socio-histórica sobre Vieques: luchas y posibilidades” [Socio-Historical Research on Vieques: Struggles and Possibilities] on Thursday, December 1, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Healey Library (11th floor) at UMass/Boston Columbia Point.

Robert Rabin, director of the Conde de Mirasol Fort Museum, was one of the active leaders of a long campaign of civil disobedience in Vieques, Puerto Rico, which led to the withdrawal of the U.S. Navy from the island in 2003. The move ended 60 years of practice with live explosives, including napalm, depleted-uranium projectiles, and experimental weapons systems. Rabin was one of the co-founders of the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques.

For more information, you may call 787 375-0525.

For more information on ongoing challenges in Vieques, see http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/vieques/ and previous posts Cleaning Up Vieques’ Environmental Disaster and Clearing Out Without Cleaning Up: The US and Vieques

Shown above: Sun Bay, Vieques

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