ICS Lecture—“150 years of cyclonic activity: Disasters and memory in Puerto Rico”


The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “150 años de actividad ciclónica: Desastres y memoria en Puerto Rico” [150 years of cyclonic activity: Disasters and memory in Puerto Rico]. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Tania del Mar López Marrero (Department of Social Sciences and Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios del Litoral Program/Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies, UPR-Mayagüez) and Abimael Castro Rivera (Department of Geology and Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies, UPR-Mayagüez).

The activity will be held on Monday, October 29, 1:00-3:30pm, Ramón Emeterio Betances Building, Room 238 (REB 238), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: In 1867, Puerto Rico suffered the onslaught of hurricane San Narciso, a series of earthquakes, and a tsunami. One hundred and fifty years later, on September 20, 2017, powerful Hurricane Maria visited us and, about four months later, at the beginning of January 2018, a tsunami warning was issued and later, deactivated. This conference presents the components of a research project on natural disasters and dangers on the island. In addition, we will introduce the digital site “Project 1867: Disasters and Memory in Puerto Rico” as well as the recently published book A change category 4: Memories of Hurricane Maria. This publication contains the writings of 15 undergraduate students from the UPR-M, about their experience with the passing of Hurricane María over Puerto Rico.

[Image above from https://www.proyecto1867.com/.]

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu.

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec.ics@upr.edu.

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For more information, see http://www.uprrp.edu/?page_id=1413&event_id=1815

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