Generous Donors

Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes donates important publications to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library

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The books donated to the library from Centro León

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Director Maria Amalia León for making possible a generous donation of the publications of Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes (Centro León) in the Dominican Republic. The donation includes an extensive assortment of books related to the history of photograph, tobacco in the Dominican Republic, art catalogs, and the proceedings of the Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad y Cultura en el Caribe hosted at Centro León in the past (genres of jazz, bolero, and folklore) In addition, their publications are now available online here.

This is the list of publications generously donated by Centro León:

  • Chez Checo, José, and Mu-Kien A. Sang. El tabaco: Historia general en República Dominicana. Volumen 1: Botánica, Usos, y Comercio. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2007.
  • Chez Checo, José, and Mu-Kien A. Sang. El tabaco: Historia general en República Dominicana. Volumen 2: Renacimiento y Expansión. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2007.
  • Chez Checo, José, and Mu-Kien A. Sang. El tabaco: Historia general en República Dominicana Volumen 3: Consolidación y Crisis. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2007.
  • Miller, Jeannette. Historia de la fotografía dominicana. Volumen 1. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Grupo León Jimenes, 2010.
  • Miller, Jeannette. Historia de la fotografía dominicana. Volumen 2. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Grupo León Jimenes, 2010.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989). Volumen 1: Región norte. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989). Volumen 2: Región sur. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989). Volumen 3: Región este. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989.) Volumen 4: Flora/Fauna. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989.) Volumen 5: Dunas/Formaciones Geológicas Origrafía/Volcanes. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • Ducoudray, Félix Servio, Arístides Incháustegui, and Blanca Delgado Malagón. La naturaleza dominicana: artículos publicados en el suplemento sabatino del periódico El caribe (1978-1989). Volumen 6: Àmbar/Varios/Anexos. Santo Domingo: Grupo León Jimenes, 2006.
  • López Belando, Adolfo. La memoria de las rocas: Arte rupestre en la República Dominicana. Santiago de los Caballeros: Fundacioń Eduardo León Jimenes: Fundación García Arévalo, 2019.
  • Anuario 2020: La cultura sigue siendo esperanza. Santiago de los Caballeros: Fundacioń Eduardo León Jimenes, 2020.
  • León de Jorge, María Amalia, Lisa K. Erf, Yolanda Wood, Sara Hermann, Michèle Dalmace, Alanna Lockward, and Jorge Pineda. Trenzando una historia en curso: arte dominicano contemporáneo en el contexto del Caribe. Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, 2017.
  • Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, Marianne de Tolentino, Rafael Emilio Yunén, Karenia Guillarón, Sara Hermann, and José M. Fernández Pequeño. Colección Eduardo León Jimenes de Artes Visuales: estructura, contenido, proyección, trascendencia. Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, 2012.
  • XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes: catálogo de obras octubre 2014/ febrero 2015. Santiago de los Caballeros, Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, 2014.
  • Tejeda, Darío, and Rafael E. Yunén. El Jazz desde la perspectiva caribeña: Memorias Del Iv Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad Y Cultura En El Caribe. Santo Domingo: INEC, Instituto de Estudios Caribeños; Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro León; Santo Domingo: Ministerio de Cultura, 2012.
  • Tejeda, Darío, and Rafael E. Yunén. El bolero en la cultura caribeña y su proyección universal: Memorias del Iii Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad Y Cultura En El Caribe. Santo Domingo: INEC, Instituto de Estudios Caribeños; Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro León; Santo Domingo: Ministerio de Cultura, 2010. 
  • Tejeda, Darío, and Rafael E. Yunén. El folclore musical y danzario del caribe en tiempos de globalización: Memorias Del V Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad Y Cultura En El Caribe. Santo Domingo: INEC, Instituto de Estudios Caribeños; Santiago de los Caballeros: Centro León; Santo Domingo: Ministerio de Cultura, 2014. 
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The papers presented at the Congreso Internacional Música, Identidad y Cultura en el Caribe in 2013, 2011, and 2009 compiled and published in three separate books on jazz, bolero, and folklore.

Thank you once again to Centro León for their kind donation and for allowing us to share these publications with the many different communities we serve on campus and beyond.

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian 


Donaciones de Fundación Literaria Aníbal Montaño & Fundación Cuevas del Pomier

Agradecemos la grata visita y generosa donación de Ysabel Florentino, Presidenta de la Fundación Literaria Aníbal Montaño y José Corporán, Presidente de la Fundación Cuevas del Pomier.

Nuestra biblioteca cuenta con poemarios, cuentos, folletos y revistas informativos acerca de estas importantes fundaciones.

Gracias!

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Nuestro colega y amigo Keiselim Montás dona cinco de sus publicaciones

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Queremos agradecer una vez más al poeta y escritor Keiselim A. Montás por donar varios de sus libros a nuestra biblioteca. La donación es de siete de sus obras: Pequeños Poemas Diurnos, (2005), Como el agua (Élitro Proyecto Zompopos, 2016), Allá (Élitro Proyecto Zompopos, 2012), Amor de ciudad grande (Élitro Proyecto Zompopos, 2006), y Reminiscencias (Editora Nacional, 2007). Estos libros ya están disponible en nuestra biblioteca.

Gracias Keysi!!

Jhensen Ortiz
Asistente Bibliotecario


Reciente donación de Libros de Barlovento

 

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La Profesora Sarah Aponte agradece a nuestros amigos Darlene Hull y René Grullón de Libros de Barlovento (www.librosdebarlovento.com) por la generosa donación del libro Artesanía Dominicana/Dominican Crafts a nuestra biblioteca. El libro es bilingüe en inglés y español para lectores interesados en aprender sobre el desarrollo de la artesanía dominicana y los esfuerzos que realizan las autoridades para darle su expansión.

Jhensen Ortiz
Bibliotecario Auxiliar


Aurora Arias y Emoticons!

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Como bibliotecaria en el CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, es un gran privilegio tener la oportunidad de conocer a grandes escritores  dominicanos que nos visitan y donan sus publicaciones.

Fue un verdadero placer conocer y compartir con la escritora Aurora Arias durante su cálida visita. Felices de que nos donara la última edición de Emoticons publicada por el sello editorial argentino Corregidor con un excelente prólogo escrito por Gabriela Tineo.

Gracias a la Prof. Sharina Maillo-Pozo por hacer posible este hermoso encuentro.


A rare 19th Century travel narrative in the Dominican Republic

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Fabens, Joseph Warren. In the Tropics, by a Settler in Santo Domingo with and Introductory Notice by Richard B. Kimball. New York: G.W. Carleton, 1863. Print.

Prof. Sarah Aponte would like to acknowledge Mr. Luis Canela, a friend of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute since its inception, who kindly donated this first edition of a classic. Thank you to Dr. Ramona Hernández, CUNY DSI Director, for securing this unique donation.

    This travel narrative chronicles the adventures of a New York native who settled in Santo Domingo (1862-1863). The settler’s unsuccessful ventures as a farmer and lawyer in North America lead him to explore the possibility of making Santo Domingo his home. The book narrates his experience interacting with Dominican laborers and land proprietors and portrays the ample class affiliations held by Dominican people, from wealthy land owners to working class farmers.

    Dominicans call the settler el vecino welcoming him with earnest hospitality which he attributes to the Dominican character. The Dominican people tend to glorify the settlers’ agricultural knowledge and tools. For example farmers and their families come from all over the countryside to see the settler transform sour oranges into sweet oranges by transplanting saplings from native farmer Juan’s garden. This transformation becomes a spectacle and is described as a religious miracle. Soon Dominican farmers like Delfino, Juanico, and Juan Garcia are studying under the settler to learn his “American ways.” The settler introduces several agricultural tools like the plough and scythe to Dominican farmers who then purchase these tools for themselves. El vecino’s perception of the Dominican people ranges from glorifying their generosity to criticizing them as “ignorant field-hands [with] ill-trained oxen.”  

    This travel narrative is ideal for students, scholars, and those generally interested with the post-independence settlement of the Dominican Republic. This narrative demonstrates how gender, class, and racial dynamics manifest between Dominican people and North American settlers in the 19th century. It is a close look at the seedlings that will develop into a long standing relationship between the Dominican Republic and the United States.

Sophia Monegro

Research Assistant


Our Director Dr. Ramona Hernández’s Generous Donation Continues the Legacy

Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank CUNY DSI Director and Sociology Professor Dr. Ramona Hernández who teaches at The City College of New York for her continuous support to the library and for donating publications to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library: 

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Las huellas literarias de Juan Bosch (2014) by Néstor Medran

República Dominicana y Haití el derecho a vivir (2014) by Irene Hernández

José Martí por los caminos de la vida nueva (2014) by Carlos Rodríguez Almaguer

1963: revolución inconclusa (2013) by Eliades Acosta Matos

And recently published books in the field of sociology:

La mujer médica en la sociedad dominicana (2014) by Fernando Sánchez Martínez 

Voces de aquí y allá (2013) by Milton Ray Guevara

We can’t thank her enough for the immeasurable support and contribution to the DSI Library and to the field of Dominican Studies.

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian


Visita y donación del Dr. Diógenes Céspedes

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El Professor Anthony Stevens-Acevedo y la profesora Sarah Aponte agradecen al Dr. Diógenes Céspedes por donar varios de sus libros a nuestra biblioteca y por su grata visita. La donación constituye siete obras: Ponencias del Coloquio: Henri Meschonnic (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, 2014), Migrantes dominicanos: Ideologías y figuras independentistas en la literatura feminista puertorriqueña 1980-2010 (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, 2014), El sujeto dominicano: estudios acerca de su especificidad (Editora Universitaria, 2011), y Política y teoría del futuro estado nacional dominicano (Editora Universitaria, 2012). Estos libros estan disponible en nuestra biblioteca.

Jhensen Ortiz

Asistente Bibliotecario

 

 

 

 

 


Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez donates his artistic production to the CUNY DSI Library

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Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank graffiti and teaching artist Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez (FEEGZ) for personally donating exhibition programs, newspaper clippings, and flyers that document his work over the years in the U.S. and abroad. Carlos is athought-provoking artist who draws inspiration from the culture and related histories of Hip Hop, New York City, and the Caribbean. He describes his agency as an artist born out of the intersection of his own identity as a Dominican-Puerto Rican American man and the inherent tensions that exist within our systemically ingrained system of beliefs.

Last year he was awarded the Proclamation award from the city of New York for his efforts in the arts at Ydanis Rodriguez District Office in Washington Heights. Here is a link to a piece written by freelance writer and art enthusiast Roz Baron on his recognition and exhibition Displaced Vandalism NYC.

According to Uptown Arts Review, FEEGZ is very socially and politically engaged, and he seeks to create a dialogue around the issues of naming and how communities are formed by their access to knowledge about their own history as well as basic human needs like housing and education. Associations of Research Libraries (ACRL) have been spotlighting the inextricable connection between graffiti and street art as a legitimate source of academic study. Explaining this view by saying “it is being studied as a reaction to injustice and disenfranchisement, a cry for revolution, a way to create awareness of socio-political issues, an expression of hope for the future, an effort to reclaim public spaces, or an attempt to beautify the urban environment, among others.” These are themes he raises in his art; Carlos has been an outspoken advocate for this kind of inclusion.

In 2011, the issue of graffiti as an under-recognized artistic form was discussed as part of an artist talk at the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. Carlos expressed in the Manhattan Times how graffiti is an important vehicle for the youth to announce “I exist”. He shares these views with the after-school graffiti art class he teaches to students at the Children’s Arts and Science Workshop. His response raises deeper questions on how graffiti is perceived in our society and the youth whose creative expression is often judge through race, class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, etc. It is important to mention that graffiti emerges from a period of fiscal crisis and restructuring in New York City during the 1970s under this context we can understand racial structure that is put in place for the criminalization of youth and underestimate this art form. In terms of the “public sphere” for graffiti and street art few places remained as New York City restructured itself in the 70s and into the present. Political leaders continue to make alliances with the business community to privatize these public spaces in the service of capital accumulation.

Graffiti has always been accessible to everyone and it is important that we maintain the same accessibility to their works through preserving the documentation of graffiti artists like Carlos Martinez in our library.

For those who want to see Carlos Martinez’s work and hear him speak about his art you can visit his website .

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian


Dominican diaspora in the U.S preserves Manuel del Cabral’s legacy

Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank Syracuse University English Professor Silvio Torres-Saillant for donating a program from the Encuentro Manuel del Cabral [Manuel del Cabral Gathering] held in New York City in 1987 from October 9th to October 11th. The event was organized by Casa Cultural Dominicana. The three-day gathering in 1987 examined the legacy of Manuel del Cabral (1907- 1999), a Dominican poet who championed Afro-Dominican culture. The poet, who was celebrating his 80th birthday, attended the event.

This unique and important donation adds to our growing collection of material on cultural and civic activism of Dominicans in New York. We invite the public to browse our collection. The Dominican Library at CUNY/DSI has a large literature section including books by Manuel del Cabral as well as bibliographical and audiovisual material on all aspects of Afro-Dominican culture. For more information, you can visit our library during published hours or search the CUNY+ online library catalog.

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At the Schomburg Center

On March 21st, 2014 Professor Torres-Saillant evoked the 1987 Manuel del Cabral Gathering during his talk on the renowned Caribbean poet at a panel discussion held at the Schomburg Center for Research in BlackCulture

CAM00206      Sarah Aponte and Silvio Torres-Saillant posing with the program from the 1987 Manuel del Cabral Gathering in NYC [Photo: Nelson Santana].

Forging a Common Path: An Anthology of Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian Poetry, Culture and Thought celebrated Manuel del Cabral’s legacy. The event brought together three main panelists: Cheryl Sterling, Assistant Professor, Director of the Black Studies Program at City College of New York (CCNY) and author of African Roots, Brazilian Rites: Cultural and National Identity in Brazil; Manuel del Cabral’s son, the painter Alejandro Cabral from Fundación Manuel del Cabral [Manuel del Cabral Foundation] and Professor Silvio Torres- Saillant author of Caribbean Poetics: Towards an Aesthetic of West Indian Literature .(Saillant is the founding Director of CUNY/DSI).

Both the recent panel discussion at the prestigious Schomburg Center in Harlem and the historic 1987 Manuel del Cabral Gathering served to highlight the efforts of the Dominican community and others to preserve the legacy of this poetic voice that spoke truth to power.  These two gatherings not only introduced a new generation to his work, but helped disseminate afro-Dominican and afro-Caribbean cultural production.

Besides these literary gatherings and discussion panels, writers of Dominican descent in the U.S disseminate Manuel del Cabral’s poetry via English translation. One of these is Rhina P. Espaillat, a poet and translator who has rendered into English two of his poems:

[Manuel del Cabral poems translated by Rhina P. Espaillat].

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Forging a common path

Manuel del Cabral did not work in isolation. Indeed, by the 1940s his work shared commonalities with other like-minded writers, members of an intercontinental literary current in Latin-America and the U.S that drew attention to popular culture and in particular, cultural expressions by people of African descent.

He formed part of a “quartet of poetic creators” in the Caribbean, according to the organizers of the 1987 Manuel del Cabral literary gathering. These were the Puerto Rican poet Luis Palés Matos (1898-1959), a pioneering writer within the afro-Antillean poetry movement in the Americas; the Martinican surrealist poet, theorist of the negritude movement, anti-colonialist activist and cultural networker Aimé Césaire (1913-2008); the Cuban poet, political activist and journalist Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989) as well as the Dominican poet, novelist and political activist Manuel del Cabral. While these were not the first writers to explore African motifs in the Caribbean, these poets innovated upon the rich, oral tradition of afro-Caribbean culture.

Sources of dissent and hope

Manuel del Cabral drew upon several sources that shaped his rebellious artistic spirit as a poet and as a human being. Among these were the oral histories of slave rebellions in his native country; the international impact of emancipatory struggles  such as the Haitian revolution and the 1863 independence war against the Spanish Empire fought by people of African descent; the anti-colonialist struggle in Africa and elsewhere; the subhuman working conditions of both West Indian and Haitian workers in the sugar cane industry; the oppressive first U.S occupation (1916-1924) and the subsequent Trujillo regime which used racism to create divisions among native and foreign workers; and the elite’s prevalent racism throughout the history of the country. (His open disdain for the elite explains in part why his work was ignored for a long time by traditional critics and writers).

But not all of Manuel del Cabral’s poems have an explicitly political bent. His poems also celebrate life. Eroticism, romance and love are some of the themes found in his poems. He even wrote a beautiful book of poems celebrating horses and their beauty. He was a poeta bullanguero:  equally at ease in the barrio and in the brothel. He was urban at heart. A poet of the city: beautiful, ugly and decadent. His work reflected the power relations of urban life. Perhaps this explains the disdain toward his writings by traditional critics. At the same time, it is refreshing to know that Dominican immigrants in the U.S are ahead of the game.

Amaury Rodriguez, Guest contributor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Two new audiovisual donations on sports and history

DSI received two new audiovisual donations: one from DSI intern Jhensen Ortiz and one from Bobbito Garcia respectively. Jhensen Ortiz donated The Galindez File while Bobbito Garcia donated Doin' It in the Park. (Garcia is also one of its directors). Both of these films reflect Ortiz’s interests in history, sports, politics and popular culture. He is currently pursuing a M.A in Library Science at Queens College. For more on Jhensen Ortiz’s work check out “Three Afro-Latino baseball players you ought to know” published last year in the Smithsonian blog. Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte would like to thank Jhensen Ortiz and Bobbito Garcia for making these two important donations to our growing audiovisual collection.

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The Galindez File [El misterio Galíndez].  Directed by Gerardo Herrero and Produced by Gerardo Herrero, Javier Lopez Blanco, Mariela Besuievsky and Tedy Villalba. Spain, 2003. Spanish. Some English dialogues. Color; 125 minutes. DVD.

The Galindez File

The senseless murder of Spanish Republican and Basque nationalist exile Jesús de Galíndez (1915-1956) at the hands of the Trujillo dictatorship (1930-1961) in New York City is the subject of this film based on the 1991 award-winning novel of the same title—this resource is available at the CUNY/DSI Library for consultation. The novel was written by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (1939-2003) who was one of Spain’s most important social critics. This aspect shows in the film adaptation, a tour de force full of Cold War intrigue and suspense.The film tells the story of Muriel Colber (Saffron Burrows), a graduate student bent on digging out the truth about the unsolved mystery surrounding the death of Jesús de Galíndez (who taught at Columbia  University ) and the CIA agent (Harvey Keitel ) trying to stop her at all cost. Although the film is based on a fictitious narrative, it manages to connect the dots by tracing the political context that led to Galíndez’s disappearance and subsequent murder as well as the essence of his dubious personality and real political loyalties which still remains a mystery to this day.

This film could be of interest to those studying the history of the Cold War in Latin American and the Caribbean, the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, the Spanish Civil War and the influx of Spanish refugees in the Americas during the civil war as well as issues of academic freedom in American universities.

●To learn more about Jesús de Galíndez feel free to stop by our library during published hours. The CUNY/DSI library has an extensive bibliographical collection on the Spanish Republican refugees in the Dominican Republic, Cold War politics and U.S foreign relations. For more information, contact chief librarian Sarah Aponte. You can also search the CUNY+ online catalog.

Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC .Directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. Produced by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. USA, 2013. English. Color, 85 minutes. DVD.

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This documentary film is a history of pick-up or street basketball. But it is also a travelogue of sorts that showcases New York City’s basketball courts from Central Harlem to Queens to Brooklyn and Washington Heights. Grammy award-winning musician Eddie Palmieri (b.1936) wrote the original score. The film traces the birth of street basketball and its trajectory in New York City neighborhoods where pick-up basketball eventually became a popular pastime among African-American youth and Latinos. Over time, the game developed its own rules and language. At the end, New York City public basketball courts created a new style that transformed mainstream basketball.

Entertaining and illuminating, basketball fans and anyone interested in contemporary New York City history, cultural movements and urban life will enjoy watching Doin' It in the Park.Overall,this is an important audiovisual resource. The film goes beyond a mere sport narrative by exploring issues that affects African-American and Latino youth. Among some of the topics explored in this film are economic inequality, gender (female basketball players), deaf basketball players, friendships and systems of community support.

Amaury Rodriguez/Guest contributor