A one-day symposium on the cultural, political and infrastructural situation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María struck the island in September 2017.
Hurricane Maria, a category-5 storm, made landfall in Puerto Rico on 20 September 2017, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma scraped past the north of the island, leaving a great majority of the population without power. Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million inhabitants are still struggling to come to terms with the humanitarian crisis created by this event. Aside from an overwhelmed infrastructure, a growing health crisis, and a continuing exodus to the US, the island’s power grid, which was frail before the event, is still inoperative, and it is unlikely that Puerto Ricans will be able to have electricity in their homes before the new year. It has been declared the longest blackout in US history.
This symposium brings together a number of voices from Puerto Rico, who will address the situation in the island from political, infrastructural and cultural angles.
Eduardo Lalo, novelist and academic, University of Puerto Rico
Antonio Carmona Báez, International Institute for Research and Education
Sarah Molinari, CUNY Graduate Center
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María del Pilar Blanco
The Repeating Diaspora: A Political Journey Shaping Identity
Antonio Carmona-Báez (International Institute for Research and Education)
Respondent: Eduardo Posada-Carbó (University of Oxford)
“Rindiendo cuentas”: Post-María Politics of Debt and Hurricane Recovery
Sarah Molinari (CUNY Graduate Center)
Respondent: Carlos Vargas-Silva (University of Oxford)
Unnatural Disaster: Puerto Rico and Hurricane María
Eduardo Lalo (University of Puerto Rico)
Respondent: Carlos Fonseca Suárez (University of Cambridge)
Roundtable discussion: Diaspora and Exile in Puerto Rico
Chair: Lloyd Pratt (University of Oxford)