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***RESCHEDULED*** Film Screening: Brincando el charco

ImageThursday, March 11, 2010 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Graduate Student Lounge, Rutgers Student Center, CAC

Film screening followed by a conversation with the Director, Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (Latino Studies and Comparative Literature).

Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. Since the late 1980s, Negrón-Muntaner’s work has been considered an important resource in addressing sexuality, colonialism, nationalism, and migration in Puerto Rican/Latino diasporic communities. In 1994, she released the award-winning film Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican (1995 Whitney Biennial, Audience Award at the 1995 San Juan CinemaFest and a Merit Selection at the 1995 Latin American Studies Association Film Festival), the first Puerto Rican film to examine issues of race, gender and homophobia in the context of migration. In 2004, Negrón-Muntaner published Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award 2004), a collection of essays on literary, visual, performative and cinematic incorporations of Puerto Rican aesthetics in American arts and culture. For her work as a filmmaker, advocate, and scholar, she was named as one of the nation’s “100 Most influential Latinos” by Hispanic Business in 2005. In 2008, the United Nations’ Rapid Response Media Mechanism also recognized her as a “global expert” in the areas of mass media and Latin/o American culture and politics. Negrón-Muntaner currently teaches at Columbia University’s Department of English and Comparative Literature and she is the director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. A Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers (2000), we are very proud to welcome her back to New Brunswick.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Institute for Research on Women, the Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Association, the Hispanic House-Global Village, the Program in Comparative Literature and the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies.

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