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Filmmaker Frances Negrón-Muntaner in conversation with Vanessa Pérez-Rosario

17 February 2018

Latina Life Stories Speaker Series Presents: 

Date: 27 February 2018

Time: 3:40-5:15pm

Location: Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library 

Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, curator, scholar and professor at Columbia University, where she is the founding director of the Media and Idea Lab and founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Columbia’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 (forthcoming). 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 the author of Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon. For her work as a scholar, Pérez-Rosario has received Woodrow Wilson, Mellon, American Association of University Women, and Rockefeller fellowships

Latina Life Stories speaker series co-sponsors: 

Small Axe Project

Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Women's and Gender Studies Program, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY

American Studies Program, Brooklyn College, CUNY


Organizer: Vanessa Pérez-Rosario,