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"None of the Above":

Puerto Rican Politics


Culture in the New Millennium


A Symposium at Rutgers University

Edward Bloustein

School of Planning and Public Policy

Special Events Forum

New Brunswick, NJ


April 10-12, 2001


Organized by

The Department of

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies

and Rutgers alumna Frances Negrón-Muntaner,

in collaboration with the

Center for Latino Arts and Culture


Symposium Program

Tuesday, April 10

3:00-5:00 Registration

5:00-5:30 Welcome:

Douglas Blair, Area Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Luis Martínez-Fernández, Department Chair and Symposium Co-organizer

Opening Remarks:Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Symposium Co-organizer

5:30-6:15 Key Note Speaker:

Arcadio Díaz-Quínones, Princeton University

Introduction by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Rutgers University

Simultaneous interpreting by Margie Fernández, Rutgers University

6:15-7:30 Reception

Wednesday, April 11

9:00-10:30 Panel 1:

Parallel Lives: The Latinization of U.S. Culture and Heightened Puerto Rican Cultural Nationalism in the 1990s

Chair and Respondent: Suzanne Oboler, Brown University


Frances Aparicio, University of Illinois at Chicago

    "Reading and Consuming Latino Cultures"

Juan Flores, Hunter College, CUNY

    "Nueva York, Diaspora City: Latinos Between and Beyond"

José Quiroga, The George Washington University

    "Celebrity Dolls: "Rickie" Rules"

11:00-12:30 Panel 2:

Latin Nation: Puerto Ricans in the U.S. Latino Political Equation

Chair and Respondent: Félix Matos-Rodríguez, Hunter College, CUNY


Rodolfo de la Garza, University of Texas at Austin


Angelo Falcón, Institute for Puerto Rican Policy

    "Pan-Latinismo and the End of Puerto Rican Politics"

Honorable Nydia Velázquez, U.S. House of Representatives


12:30-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00 3:30 Panel 3:

The Bilingual Debate: Opening or Assimilation?

Chair and Respondent: Amílcar Antonio Barreto, Northeastern University


Dino Pacio Lindín, SUNY, Metropolitan Center

    "The Bilingual Condition as an Opening of the Human Condition"

Gloria Prosper-Sánchez, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

    "On the Reformulation of a Standard in Puerto Rican Spanish"

Bonnie Urciuoli, Hamilton College

    "Boundaries, Language and the Self: Issues Faced by Puerto Ricans and other Latino/a College Students"

3:30-4:00 Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 Panel 4:

Remapping Citizenship: New Forms of Citizenship and Identity Formation

Chair and Respondent: Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Rutgers University


Miriam Jiménez Román, Hunter College, CUNY

    "'Gente Buena’ y ‘Buena Gente’: Refashioning Puerto Rican Racial Identity"

Luis Aponte-Parés, CPCS/University of Massachusetts

"From Guayaberas to Disco: Displacing Puerto Rican Gay Identities During the 1970s"

Ana Yolanda Ramos Zayas, Rutgers University

"Performing Nationalism: Citizenship, Space, and Latinidad in Puerto Rican Chicago"

Alberto Sandoval Sánchez, Mount Holyoke College

"Imagining Puerto Rican Queer Citizenship: Frances Negrón-Muntaner’s ‘Brincando el charco’"

6:30-7:30 Reception

7:30-9:00 Artistic Performance:

Marian Soto

    "Puerto Rican Trivia" and "Chacha, usa la Cabeza"

Thursday, April 12

9:00-10:30 Panel 5:

"Best of Both Worlds" or "None of the Above"? Alternatives to the Status Quo

Chair Respondent: Christina Burnett, U.S. Court of Appeals


Carlos Pabón, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

    "El Consenso Nacional: Alternativa Democrática o Nuevo Autoritarismo"

Fernando Picó, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

    "The Absent State"

Pedro Cabán, Rutgers University

    "Puerto Rico’s Territorial Status-Anachronistic and Immutable"

11:00-12:30 Panel 6:

Community Struggle, National Metaphor: Vieques in Perspective

Chair and Respondent: Raysa Martínez, Rutgers University


Jorge Rodríguez Beruff, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

    "Vieques and Puerto Rican Politics"

Katherine McCaffrey, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    "Cultural Identity and Popular Protest"

Robert Rabin Siegal, Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques

"Vieques, Cultural Resources Behind Military Fences"

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 Panel 7:

The Fourth Power: The Role of the Press in Shaping Colonial Debates and Every Day Life

Chair and Respondent: Jorge Duany, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras


Luis Dávila-Colon, attorney and political commentator

    "Puerto Rico’s Lapdog Colonial Press"

Silvia Alvarez Curbelo, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

"Entertainment Tonight!: The Puerto Rican Media and the Privatization of Politics in he 2000 Gubernatorial Race"

Mario Murillo, Hofstra University

"Puerto Rico in the News: There is not Such a Thing

Rossana Rosado, El Diario/La Prensa

"The U.S. Latino Media on the Issues of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the U.S."

3:30-4:00 Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 Closing Keynote Speaker

Ilan Stavans, Amherst College

Moderator: Frances Negrón-Muntaner


For logistical, on-site, and general information, interested individuals can
contact the office of:

Prof. Luis Martinez, co-chair
Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Rutgers University


For program specific information:

Frances Negron-Muntaner

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