What do you think of when you when think of home? The sights, the smells, or the people most likely. Now imagine leaving your home to move to a place where life seems better, work is easy to find, money is easily made, and everything is better. Only to find out that things are not […]Read more "Absence Makes the Heart Romanticize: Looking at the Idea of Memory in Latin-American Communities."
In 2010 the Center for the Future of Museums produced a report “Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums” which examined the demographic trends in the U.S. and how to represent Latinos in the museums and encourage them to visit the museums.1 Museum professionals realize that they need to find creative ways to engage these […]Read more "CelebrARTE: Culturally Accessible Programs for Latinos"
In looking at fiction, we read between the lines and stumble upon threads hinting at another story. If we investigate these hinted stories, we find they are filled with richness, depth, and a life all their own. In looking past the glimpses of working Latina women in fiction and finding the real stories of Latina […]Read more "Between the Lines: Latina Women Working in the United States"
Without a doubt, lynching in the United States is one of the dirtiest stains, if not the single dirtiest, in our nation’s history. Perhaps it even outdoes years of disenfranchisement, internment camps, and the institution of slavery itself. The culture of lynch mobs that was prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was […]Read more "Vigilante Injustice"
photo from http://www.wemakethechange.com/faces/ Roy: And what is my diagnosis, Henry? Henry: You have AIDS, Roy. Roy: No, Henry, no. AIDS is what homosexuals have. I have liver cancer.  Oftentimes, it seems as if HIV/AIDS is a faceless epidemic that people do not want to speak about or associate themselves with. However in reality, the virus […]Read more "The Faces of HIV"
Last Thursday was a big day. Here at the graduate program, we welcomed interviewees from across the country as they got a first-hand look at what we do in Cooperstown. It was also a big day for the Friends of the National Latino Museum. As of last Thursday, they had 100,000 followers on Twitter.  Maria […]Read more "Building an American Latino Museum"
Last year I was in charge of filling out the census for my house. Being a history student, I was very excited to be involved in history. My roommates, however, were not as thrilled. I wanted to be as accurate as possible, so I hounded them for days to help me. Finally we sat down […]Read more "Question Eight"
In 2008, Junot Diaz become only the second Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Only Oscar Hijuelos preceded Diaz, winning the award in 1990 for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The Pulitzer Prize was establish by Joseph Pulitzer upon his […]Read more "Joseph Pulitzer in the Dominican Republic"