Spring 2014 Events

March 19, 2014 / Inaugural Lecture: Dr. April Mayes, “Hostos (and the Woman Question) in Santo Domingo: A Consideration of Gender and Nation Building in Hostosian Thought and Practice.”

As the leadoff event for the 175th Anniversary Celebration of the birth of Eugenio María de Hostos, Hostos Community College is pleased to announce our inaugural lecture by Dr. April Mayes of Pomona College. Dr. Mayes, Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History, Dean of Women at Pomona College, and author of the forthcoming book The Mulatto Republic: Class, Race, and Dominican National Identity (University Press of Florida, 2014), will deliver a lecture titled “Hostos (and the Woman Question) in Santo Domingo: A Consideration of Gender and Nation Building in Hostosian Thought and Practice.” The presentation, in recognition of Women's History Month, describes Hostos's influence on women's education and on the development of a generation of normalistas who applied Hostosian pedagogy in their female-run schools and Hostosian thought in their social reform activism. The lecture will then detail how Hostosian thought, while not necessarily feminist, influenced Dominican feminism in its early, inchoate years. Finally, Dr. Mayes explores why Hostos addressed the "woman question" in the first place and what significance women had in his thinking about civil society, the state, and the nation.

We look forward to seeing you on March 19 for our first event in a year-long series dedicated to our college’s namesake.

For further information please contact Professor Orlando Hernández at ohernandez@hostos.cuny.edu or Professor Ernest Ialongo at eialongo@hostos.cuny.edu.

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: Savoy Multipurpose Room

March 28, 2014 / Open Forum / Hostos: The Man, The College, The Bronx

Presented by Professor Emeritus Gerald Meyer, Hostos Archivist William Casari, and Hostos scholar Professor Orlando J. Hernández. Coordinated by Professor William Casari and sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Professor Emeritus Gerald Meyer will discuss the history of Hostos Community College; Archivist William Casari will examine the College’s connection to the Bronx; and Hostos scholar Professor Orlando J. Hernándezill discuss Hostos’ accomplishments as an activist and author.

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place: C-391

April 3, 2014 / A Revolt Through Letters: Clemente Soto Velez 

Director / Producer: Joelle Gonzalez-Laguer, class of 1994. The documentary focuses on the life and accomplishments of an extraordinary Puerto Rican poet, journalist, nationalist and community activist both in his native Puerto Rico and in New York City. Using archival footage of Soto Velez and interviews with personal friends, colleagues, Nuyorican poets and Clemente’s granddaughter Anita, the filmmaker explores the life of this unique individual. Gonzalez-Laguer explores Clemente’s contributions to literacy, cultural identity, political activism, and his unwavering support for the arts. The soundtrack features a live concert by Roy Brown.

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Vito Marcantonio Room, Lobby, B-Building. 

April 10, 2014 / Dramatic Reading Competition/ Hostos Literary Works

Readings from Hostos’ literary works as part of the English Club’s Dramatic Reading Competition and performed by Hostos students.  The event is coordinated by Professors Maya Sharma and Christine Hutchins.

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: Savoy Multipurpose Room

April 28, 2014 / Lecture & Workshop / Hostos Legacy / Teaching Hostos at Hostos

Presented by Hostos scholar Professor Roberto Mori, University of Puerto Rico retiree.

November 2014 / Young Hostos / Hostos Repertory Company Fall Production

Written by Michael Torres and directed by Hostos student Abe Rasheed. Young Hostos is a play based on Hostos’ early life and writings. Produced by Professor Ángel Morales, Artistic Director of the Hostos Repertory Company.

November 2014 / Hostos175 International Scholarly Symposium

The Hostos175 International scholarly symposium will outreach to bring together scholars to read and present alternative interpretations of Hostos’s work. It will explore such topics as Hostos and race, gender, religion, history, freemasonry, education, philosophy, inter-american relations, transatlantic exchanges, democracy, and civil society.

The proceedings will appear in the College’s academic publication The Hostos Review/ Revista Hostosiana.

Proposals for presentations (250 words maximum) are welcome and should be submitted with a CV to Professor Ernest Ialongo at eialongo@hostos.cuny.edu by Oct 3, 2014.

The events catalogue for Hostos175 will continue to unfold and be announced through the year and all events are open to the public.



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