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Smithsonian Affiliations Symposium to Broaden Discussion on Migration

Dialogues across the Puerto Rican and Caribbean Diaspora

Nov 08, 2018

Smithsonian Affiliations and the Smithsonian Latino Center have partnered with the Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos (MCEH) at the Universidad del Turabo, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, to present Dialogues across the Puerto Rican and Caribbean Diaspora: Second Academic Encounter Symposium on Nov.15-16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. EST. The symposium will be webcast free of charge.

The ITC will carry the following sessions:

Thursday, Nov. 15, 9 – 11:30 a.m.: Puerto Ricans and Latinidad in the United States; and Noon – 1:30 p.m., Comparisons between Puerto Rican and Filipino Struggles for Sovereignty and Immigration Narratives
Friday, Nov. 16, 9 – 11:30 a.m, Caribbean Music Migration

In addition to the discussion taking place in Puerto Rico, two Smithsonian Affiliates in Massachusetts and Texas will participate in the event through live streaming. The webcast aims to broaden the discussion on migration and to embrace other diasporic Caribbean communities. Smithsonian Affiliations and the MCEH will bring audiences together to engage in discussions about migration, arts and humanities, and diasporic experiences.

The two participating Affiliates—Framingham State University, Framingham, Mass., and The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas—will host public viewing events along with panel discussions in conjunction with the live webcast from Puerto Rico.

“The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is committed to bringing exceptional programming, research and exploration to Texas and San Antonio,” said ITC executive director Angelica Docog. “This opportunity to study elements of culture and the emergence of new culture is phenomenal. We encourage our community to take part in this event, with access to the highest caliber of academic talents in anthropology, demography, cultural studies, world affairs and related fields.”

Historically, the Puerto Rican and Caribbean migratory scenario has presented many challenges for both the migrants and their new destinations. The aim of this symposium is to continue the dialogue to help mitigate many of those challenges. It also will present the opportunities and contributions of diasporic experience.

The Universidad del Turabo and the MCEH are expecting a live audience of approximately 200 students, faculty, administrators, and members of the local community at this event. More information regarding the schedule, topics, and participants can be found at

“Historically, our university has promoted initiatives that expose our students to new ideas and concepts that are guided by our sociohumanistic focus,” said Dr. David Méndez, chancellor of the Universidad del Turabo. “To that end, we are committed to graduating students that have the capacity to think critically about contemporary global issues. It is with great pleasure, that the Universidad del Turabo will once again host significant and relevant academic discussions concerning the Puerto Rican and Caribbean diaspora. We are confident that the scholarly presentations and dialogues will enlighten our audience and provide them with valuable information on the many themes and issues that migration brings to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean island nations. We would also like to thank the Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian Affiliates, and the Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos (MCEH) at Universidad del Turabo for their continuous collaboration and support.”

The webcast is free and open to any organization or individual. It will be archived on the Smithsonian Affiliations website,, for those unable to view the live stream. The symposium received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

About Smithsonian Affiliations
Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational, and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. More information and a complete list of Affiliates is available at

About the Smithsonian Latino Center
The Smithsonian Latino Center is the division of the Smithsonian Institution that ensures that Latino contributions to art, science, and the humanities are highlighted, understood, and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections, and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the U.S. and internationally. More information at

About the Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos
The mission of the Museum and Center for Humanistic Studies Dr. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez (MCEH) is to collect, preserve, study, and disseminate artistic and humanistic expressions of our regional, national, Puerto Rican, and international cultural heritage for purposes of knowledge and socio-humanist development, and the enjoyment of students, the university community, and the community in general. More information on the MCEH is available at

This symposium received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.