Puerto Rico

EARTHQUAKES IN PUERTO RICO: ​A Teach-In on the current situation

February 4, 2020
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

Tuesday February 4  / 1pm-3pm at Columbia 150

EARTHQUAKES IN PUERTO RICO
 ​A Teach-In on the current situation

  • Alaí Reyes Santos (Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies)
  • Javier Bonnin Orozco (Architecture)
  • Iris Soto Ruiz (Romance Languages)
  • Cecilia Enjuto Rangel (Romance Languages)

This event is supported by Romance Languages department, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Latin American Studies, Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies and Department of Architecture.

For information about donations, go to: Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

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Friday, January 3rd, 2020 News, Puerto Rico No Comments

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria Provides Ethnic Studies Lesson

From Oregon Quarterly, Summer 2019
https://around.uoregon.edu/oq/puerto-rico-s-hurricane-maria-provides-ethnic-studies-lesson

Alai Reyes-Santos / credit: Julia Wagner, University Communications

When UO ethnic studies associate professor Alaí Reyes-Santos flipped on the late-night news on September 19, 2017, she saw something she’d been dreading since childhood: a category four hurricane was barreling toward Puerto Rico from the southeast.

“My mother always warned me that if a hurricane started in the southeast and curved up, it would wipe out the entire island,” remembers Reyes-Santos, a native Puerto Rican who hails from a small town in the Cordillera Central mountain range.

Reyes-Santos stared in horror at the screen, transfixed by the arc of Maria’s storm graphics spiraling from sea to the country’s southeastern shore.

“There was nothing I could do from thousands of miles away, I felt powerless,” she recalled recently from her small office on the outskirts of the UO campus.

For the rest of this article, go to: https://around.uoregon.edu/oq/puerto-rico-s-hurricane-maria-provides-ethnic-studies-lesson

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Eye of the storm: UO students reach out to hard-hit Puerto Rico

Alai Reyes-Santos

From Around the O

April 13, 2018—UO ethnic studies professor Alaí Reyes-Santos made a major revision to the curriculum for her “Race, Ethics, Justice” course last fall: She added a trip to Puerto Rico.

It was week three of the term and Reyes-Santos, a native Puerto Rican, was frustrated with the lack of federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It had been weeks since the storm devastated the island and there were still widespread power outages and severely limited access to potable water and medical care.   

She saw an opportunity to have her students consider how the overarching questions they were examining about race, ethics and justice were applicable to the crisis, and to use that analysis and knowledge to create resources to help educate the public and spur conversations about those issues. The resources the class created were just published on a new website, “The UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and its Aftermath.” › Continue reading

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Ethnic Studies archival team releases digital archive on Puerto Rico

2/16/2018—Today our Ethnic Studies archival team releases our digital archive! https://blogs.uoregon.edu/theuopuertoricoproject/

Thanks to all of you who made it and keep making it possible! UO undergraduate students’ research shines here!

Over the next eleven months, visit us regularly for new interviews, bibliographies, stories, photographic journeys, and more educational materials pertinent to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  Co-create knowledge with us! Share stories with us through our UO Puerto Rico Project Facebook Page [3], our UO Puerto Rico Project Twitter,  [4] our hashtag #uoprproject, and our UO Puerto Rico Project YouTube Channel. [5]

Join us on March 8th at CLLAS’ Justice Across Borders Symposium for more information about Caribbean migrants in the Pacific Northwest and recent arrivals from Puerto Rico!
http://cllas.uoregon.edu/2018-symposium

The UO Puerto Rico Project Team [6]
–Alaí Reyes-Santos, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

Links:
[1] http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/product/Our-Caribbean-Kin,5472.aspx
[2] https://twitter.com/alaireyessantos
[3] https://www.facebook.com/UOPRproject/
[4] https://twitter.com/UOPRProject
[5] https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4czTL3gryUE76khB0amrg5dId_EmxqJ&disable_polymer=true
[6] https://blogs.uoregon.edu/theuopuertoricoproject/thecommunity/

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Monday, February 19th, 2018 Human Rights, Puerto Rico No Comments

Teach-In: “History of Environmental, Economic, and Political Debts: Puerto Rico and the US”

November 21, 2017
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Condon Hall Rm 260
1321 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Teach-In

“History of Environmental, Economic, and Political Debts: Puerto Rico and the US”

PDF: Puerto Rico Teach In 2017Enjuto Rangel

CLLAS invites you to a Teach-In with professors Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel (Romance Languages), Rocío Zambrana (Philosophy), and Alaí Reyes-Santos (Ethnic Studies) to engage in conversation about Puerto Rico and its place in the contemporary colonial history of the United States.

Sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

Boricuas and Allies in Action in Oregon!
#PuertoRicoStrong #PuertoRicoRelief › Continue reading

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Why Oregon should care about Puerto Rico

Alaí Reyes-Santos

CLLAS Editor’s Note: Alaí Reyes-Santos is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board and an associate professor in the University of Oregon’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

Source: Why Oregon should care about Puerto Rico

By Alaí Reyes-Santos

For The Register-Guard

SEPT. 28, 2017—Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Caribbean and a U.S. territory since 1898. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, serve in the U.S. military and have contributed to the economic growth and defense of the United States. Yet most Americans on the mainland ignore Puerto Rico’s existence and its significant place in U.S. history.

This is dangerous at a time when Category 4 Hurricane Maria has left the island and the U.S. Virgin Islands devastated — without electricity or water; with limited access to food, water, medicines and transportation; with thousands of people displaced from their homes; and with floods and ruptured dams that threaten its most vulnerable populations. Public health and safety are compromised more by the minute. › Continue reading

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CLLAS Common Reading Brunch with author Helena María Viramontes / Photos by Mike Bragg / Courtesy of the UO Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

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