Start: September 15, 2021 4 p.m.
End: September 15, 2021 5 p.m.

Implementation of the Puerto Rican industrialization program known as Operation Bootstrap (1947) marked the beginning of a Puerto Rican diaspora that continues until this day. The first wave of Puerto Rican migrants arrived to the Northeastern industrial centers of the US as a racialized, colonized Other, as immigrants despite their status as American citizens, and as members of a subordinated working class to be mined for cheap labor. Through the poems and plays of writer Miguel Piñero (1946-1988), Dr. Geyer examines the marginality of Puerto Ricans in late 20th-century New York and the manner in which Piñero revisits scenes of failure, loss, and stigma in Puerto Rican  communities in order to reclaim them as sites of utopian possibility.

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021
NQ 292
4:00 p.m.
Via Zoom