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UNC profs discuss Puerto Rican culture, literature in Smithsonian sessions

Posted November 5, 2015

Scholars from the Smithsonian Institution and the Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, discussed Puerto Rican culture and literature Thursday in a session available online at museums across the country, including the N.C. Museum of History.
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— Scholars from the Smithsonian Institution and the Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, discussed Puerto Rican culture and literature Thursday in a session available online at museums across the country, including the N.C. Museum of History.

Professors María DeGuzmán, Ariana Vigil and Laura Halperin from the Latina/o Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill participated in the panel discussion "Puerto Rican Authors Writing Outside the Island."

DeGuzmán, a professor of English and Comparative Literature as well as founding director of the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, is the author of two books: "Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire" and "Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night."

Vigil is an assistant professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the author of "War Echoes: Gender and Militarization in U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production."

Halperin is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Latina/o Studies Program, as well as academic director of the Scholars’ Latino Initiative at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the author of "Intersections of Harm: Narratives of Latina Deviance and Defiance."

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