Book Acquisitions

ONTO donates two publications to the CUNY DSI Library

ONTO Pub/1 edition and the third ONTO Pub /3 edition are now available at the library.

Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank Julianny Ariza for donating two copies of the Dominican art publication ONTO to our library through artist Joiri Minaya, collaborator of ONTO publications. The donation consists of the ONTO Pub / 1 edition and the third ONTO Pub / 2 edition. We recommend checking out their website to learn more about this publication produced by Dominican artists on the current art scene in the Dominican Republic and other related issues here:

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian

Here Comes Calico! The First Dominican American Superhero

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library would like to thank Dominican writer, creator, and founder of Sigma Comics, H.H. German, for donating issues #1 and #2 of Here comes CALICO. CALICO is a new indie-comic book character named Hector Gil, with roots in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic, where he first experienced violence and abusive behavior towards animals.

  Calico-cover_orig (1)Here Comes CALICO. Issue #1 Cover.  CoverHere Comes CALICO. Issue #2 Cover.
In issue #1, Hector was bullied early on as a kid for being a "Dominican York," a term used to describe an American-born person of Dominican ancestry raised in New York City. The comic establishes these two parallel stories of Calico as a small boy confronted by a rich bully named "Guillermito" and of people who hurt innocent animals in a passionate, graphic, and uncensored way. Hector, a former boxer and mixed martial artist from the streets of the Bronx, takes vengeance against those who abuse and kill animals. The comic is for mature audiences willing to go on these vigilante justice adventures delving into the world of animal abuse, racial injustice, environmental crises, and gentrification. 

Furthermore, H.H. German makes carefully intended references in both issues #1 and #2 on Dominican culture while still tackling these topics. For example, in issue # 2, there is a scene while Calico is walking through the streets of the South Bronx that accurately captures the look of different businesses in the neighborhood. Such as "Cuchifritos Tito's," popular establishments specializing in various fried foods from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. 

Bronx-sceneHere Comes CALICO. Issue #2: Neighborhood view.

In the next scene from issue #2, Calico is driving to Washington Heights, the historic and predominantly Dominican community in upper Manhattan, while talking about baseball and the sense of pride Dominicans feel about the game. The Boston Red Sox was playing the New York Yankees in the story that night. The commentary that follows alludes to the evident success of Dominican ballplayers Pedro Martínez, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz, who helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

DominicansHere comes CALICO.  Issue #2: Driving to Washington Heights.

The reader will appreciate these references and the creative approach that H.H. German took to represent his community and provide a voice for a topic that does not get nearly enough media coverage: animal abuse. 

We recommend Here Comes Calico for adults interested in unique comics with excellent illustrations and honest storytelling. We look forward to receiving the next seven issues in the series! 

Note: Here comes CALICO was written by German, H.H. and illustrated by Javier Orabich and Daniel Grimaldi. The cover was created by Garnabiel.

Jhensen Ortiz



New Books: Recent Acquisitions in the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library

The CUNY DSI Library is proud to announce its recent acquisitions. We are grateful for the support and generosity of The City College Libraries. We look forward to making these titles available to students, researchers, and the general public very soon.

Click on the image to enlarge and get a closer look.

Here is a list of the books we acquired:

  • ¡Manteca! edited by Melissa Castillo-Garsow
  • Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-El Padilla Peralta
  • Mi Casa Uptown: Learning to Love Again by Rich Perez
  • Countersong to Walt Whitman and Other Poems translated by Jonathan Cohen and Donald D. Walsh
  • The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic edited by Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds, and Jamila Woods
  • Alou My Baseball Journey by Felipe Alou and Peter Kerasotis
  • Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement and The Muse: An Anthology of Women Writers edited by Peggy Robles-Alvarado
  • Winterness by Juan Dicent
  • The Mulatto Republic: Class, Race, and Dominican National Identity by April J. Mayes
  • Americans All: Good Neighbor Cultural Diplomacy in World War II by Darlene J. Sadlier
  • Escrituras del Otro Cuerpo by Johan Mijaíl Castillo
  • Despierta by Greisy M. Genao
  • Diccionario de Gestos Dominicanos by Faustino Pérez
  • Bichán by Miguel Yarull
  • Theatre and Cartographies of Power: Repositioning the Latina/o Americas by Jimmy A. Noriega and Analola Santana
  • The Pitcher and the Dictator: Satchel Paige's Unlikely Season in the Dominican Republic by Averell Smith

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute





Thank you Dr. Minosca Victoria Alcántara for your visit and kind donation


Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank Dr. Minosca Victoria Alcántara for donating her dissertation "Latina High School Students Figured World of Stem: Identity Formation in Formal and Informal Communities of Practice" (Teachers College, Columbia University 2015).  We are also grateful for her visit to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library.

William Parra

Research Assistant


Visita de historiadores dominicanos


El Profesor Anthony Stevens-Acevedo y la Profesora Sarah Aponte, Director Auxiliar y Encargada de la Biblioteca del CUNY DSI respectivamente, agradecen al Dr. Marcos Charles (izquierda en la fotografía) por coordinar la visita de los historiadores dominicanos José C. Novas, (segundo desde la izquierda), Luis Alvarez López (tercero desde la izquierda) y Ramón Emilio Espínola (derecha) a nuestra Biblioteca, donde donaron numerosas publicaciones de su autoría y compartieron ideas para futuras colaboraciones.

 Los historiadores donaron las siguientes publicaciones para que formen parte de nuestra colección:

 Luis Alvarez-López

-          Secuestro de bienes de rebeldes: estado y sociedad en la uìltima dominacioìn espanÞola, 1863-1865

-          Dieciséis conclusiones fundamentales sobre la anexión y la guerra de la restauración (1861-1865)

-          Cinco ensayos sobre el Caribe hispano en el siglo XIX : República Dominicana, Cuba y Puerto Rico 1861-1898

-          Dominican Republic and the Beginning of a Revolutionary Cycle in the Spanish Caribbean

-          Guerras de liberación en el Caribe hispano, 1863-1878

 Ramón Emilio Espínola

-          La participación dominicana en las guerras por la independencia de Cuba

-          Remembranzas: crónicas de la Ocupación 1916-1924, la era de los Estados Unidos.

-          Dominicanas ejemplare: estudio histórico-biográfico y breve análisis del machismo en la historia

-          Trujillo: causas e implicaciones que dieron origen a la dictadura

-          Trujillo y sus relaciones con los gobernantes haitianos

-          Trujillo, anécdotas y cosas de un dictador

-          Mujeres extraordinarias de la patria puertorriqueña

-          Compendio histórico-biográfico de extranjeros que participaron en la formación de la nación dominicana

 José C. Novas

-          El presidente Cáceres: fábula del progreso, el orden y la paz

-          La batuta de Alejandrito: perfil biográfico del general Alejandro Woss y Gil, 1856-1932

-          Twice the diplomat: Frederick Douglass's assignments to the island of Santo Domingo

-          Los gavilleros: la lucha nacionalista contra la ocupación, 1916-1924

-          Balaguer, Trujillo y el beso de Judas

-          Trujillo: La emboscada final: muerte y funeral del generalísimo


William Parra

Research Assistant

Donación del Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración

La Prof. Sarah Aponte agradece la grata acogida del arquitecto José Manuel Antuñano Peralta, Director del  Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración durante su visita a Santiago, República Dominicana.

En la foto, aparecen en compañía de la relacionista Arelis Albino, en donde le obsequian el libro: El Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración; historia y arquitectura por Edwin Espinal Hernández y César Payamps Hernández.


William Parra

Research Assistant

El historiador y ensayista José C. Novas dona su publicación


La Profesora Sarah Aponte agradece al historiador José C. Novas por donar su reciente publicación Trujillo, la emboscada final. Muerte y funeral del generalísimo (Editorial Argos, 2014) a nuestra biblioteca. Actualmente, el Prof. Novas es uno de los ganadores de la beca de investigación CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives and Library Research Award. Su trabajo de investigación es sobre los Judíos de Sosua.

Jhensen Ortiz

Asistente bibliotecario


Visita del Dr. Carlos Báez Evertsz

La Profesora Sarah Aponte agradece al Dr. Carlos Báez Evertsz por donar varios de sus libros a nuestra biblioteca y por su grata visita. La donación consiste de dos de su obras: La modernización fallida: República Dominicana (1996-2012) (editorial Betania, 2012) y Desigualdad y clases sociales (editorial Betania, 2016).


Jhensen Ortiz

Asistente bibliotecario

Visita del Dr. Manuel Rodríguez Bonilla


La Profesora Sarah Aponte agradece al Dr. Manuel Rodríguez Bonilla por donar varios de sus libros a nuestra biblioteca y por su grata visita. La donación constituye de tres obras: La Batalla de La Barranquita (Comisión Permanente de Efemérides Patrias, 2016), Juan de Jesús Reyes El cantor de la Barranquita (Soto Castillo, 2016), y La Barranquita hablan los patriotas y la traición (Archivo General de la Nación, 2016).

Jhensen Ortiz

Asistente Bibliotecario

Playwright Carmen Rivera donates to the DSI Library

Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank Carmen Rivera for donating two of her plays “To Catch the Lightning” and “the Downfall of Rafael Trujillo” to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library.


Carmen Rivera play To Catch the Lightning won a 1997 Nomination ACE Award – Best Production and . Rivera’s work on “La caída de Rafael Trujillo/ Downfall of Rafael Trujillo” spans over 5 committed years of reading scholarship, research, first-person interviews, as well as source material from our Library.

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian