17th Annual Schomburg Symposium

taller-pr-schomburg-logo2013-brochureThe 17th Annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium, which will explore “Messages: Children’s Identity Formation and Representation of Blackness,”  takes place on February 23, 2013, at the Taller Puertorriqueño’s Education Building, located at 2557 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Description: Each year, Taller Puertorriqueño’s annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium explores a different aspect of the intricate and complex relationship of the African Diaspora influences within Latin American Culture. Through formal presentations, audiovisual demonstrations, and small group discussions, the diverse audience participants engage in dialogues that promote increased understanding of our common traditions and influences that promote further understanding among the Philadelphia community at large.

Stereotypes and erroneous perceptions of blackness are internalized at an early age. The 17th Annual Schomburg symposium, “Messages: Children’s Identity Formation and Representations of Blackness,” will explore paths through which children form and develop their sense of cultural and racial identity. It will focus on how children are conditioned to imagine Blackness and Africa in their experiences growing up at home, school and with the media (be it family, friends, education, cartoons, comic books, television, and movies). The outcome or impact varies, children who identify as white (including a large group of Latinos) tend to see blackness as “other,” and children who can’t run away from being identified within the concept of black, experience self-esteem challenges and discrimination by those who see themselves as white. Guest speakers and panelists will present works that explore and address these issues.

Arturo A. Schomburg (1874-1938) was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, to María Josefa, a freeborn black midwife from St. Croix, and Carlos Federico Schomburg, a merchant of German heritage. Schomburg was educated at Puerto Rico’s Instituto Popular and at St. Thomas College in the Danish-ruled Virgin Islands, where he studied Negro Literature. One of his teachers claimed that blacks had no history, heroes or accomplishments. This patently-biased claim inspired Schomburg’s life-long quest to find the truth and to document the accomplishments of Afro-Latinos. In 1911 Schomburg co-founded with John Edward Bruce the Negro Society for Historical Accomplishments. Today, Schomburg’s collection of literature, artifacts, music, and art is housed in New York City at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a component of the New York’s Public Library system.

For more information, see http://tallerprnews.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-sixteenth-annual-arturo-schomburg.html

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