SX reminds us of an exciting forthcoming event: filmmaker Frances Negrón-Muntaner will be in conversation with Vanessa Pérez-Rosario on February 27, 2018, from 3:40 to 5:15pm at the Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn, New York. This is part of the Latina Life Stories Series.
Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning Puerto Rican filmmaker, writer, scholar, and professor at Columbia University, where she teaches English and Comparative Literature. She is the founding Director of the Media and Idea Lab and founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Colombia’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Among her books and publications are Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award 2004), The Latino Media Gap (2014), and Sovereign Acts: Contesting Colonialism in Native Nations and Latinx America (2017). Her most recent films include Small City, Big Change (2013), War for Guam (2015), and Life Outside (2016).
For her work as a scholar and filmmaker, Negrón-Muntaner has received Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, Pew, and Chang-Chavkin fellowships. Major funders such as Social Science Research Council, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Independent Television Service have also supported her work. In 2008, the United Nations’ Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her as a global expert in the areas of mass media and Latin/o American studies; in 2012, she received the Lenfest Award, one of Columbia University’s most prestigious recognitions for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Negrón-Muntaner also served as director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race from 2009-2016. In 2017, she was the recipient of an Inaugural OZY Educator Award.
Vanessa Pérez-Rosario is associate professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, managing editor of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, and founder of the Latina Life Stories speaker series. She is author of Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon (2014) and editor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (2010). For her work as a scholar, Pérez-Rosario has received Woodrow Wilson, Mellon, American Association of University Women, and Rockefeller fellowships.
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