ICS Lecture: “Racial Representations in the Lyrics of Tite Curet Alonso”

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 10 lecture series for January-May 2012, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture  “Sombras son la gente: Representaciones raciales en las letras deTite Curet Alonso” [Shadows Are the People: Racial Representations in the Lyrics of Tite Curet Alonso] by Juan Otero Garabís (Deparment of Hispanic Studies, UPR-RP). Barbara Abadía-Rexach (Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin) will serve as commentator.

This lecture will take place on Thursday, February 16, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheatre Manuel Maldonado Denis (CRA 108) of Carmen Rivera de Alvarado (CRA) Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: Considered one of the best Latin American composers of the twentieth century, Catalino Curet Alonso is a central character in the reconfiguration of racial representations in the Hispanic Caribbean. Nevertheless, in this repertoire, various themes of affirmation of African identity and Taíno history combine to produce a network of identifications that stand in an interesting contrast to official discourse about the “three races” and texts by Luis Palés Matos, Antonio S. Pedreira, Ricardo Alegría and José Luis González. This presentation examines the contradictions and counterpoints of Puerto Rican and Caribbean racial construction in the songs of Curet Alonso, in light of studies on race and ethnicity in the Caribbean.

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71***

Comments and suggestions on the presentation will be welcome at

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

Also see the Institute of Caribbean Studies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Instituto-de-Estudios-del-Caribe-UPR/146169468754542?ref=sgm

Photo of Tite Curet Alonso from http://depuertoricopalmundo.blogspot.com/2009/01/tite-curet-alonso-alma-de-la-salsa.html

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