Resources

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.


Commemorating the historical significance of the 1965 Revolution

Below please find our pick of bibliographical references available to the general public at our library about the 1965 Revolution in the Dominican Republic. The selected list has been compiled in honor of those who fought and lost their lives fifty-one years ago on April 28, 1965 in the capital city of Santo Domingo against the American troops that invaded ,and interrupted a pivotal moment in the country's history.

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Meza Nieto, José. Acción dominicana: 1965 ¿Intervención o cooperación? Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University, Center for Strategic Studies, 1966. 

This source is a foreign policy report that provides insight into the minds of foreign policy experts and analysts inside and outside of the Capital Beltway in Washington D.C. who were trying to make sense of the crisis unfolding in Santo Domingo.

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Despradel, Fidelio. Historia gráfica de la revolución de abril. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Editora Nuevo Rumbo, 1975. 

This seminal book is an important reference on the 1965 Revolution, and the subsequent U.S. military intervention that took place in the Dominican Republic

Fidelio Despradel, a theorist and leading member of the 14th of June Movement (1J4), and renegade son of a prominent government official during the Trujillo dictatorship, compiled a valuable visual resource that sheds light onto the events that led to the military coup that overthrew Bosch’s government, and the counter-coup that aimed to bring him back to power.

Also, the book highlights the various political groups that came together during the four months such as the composition of the Comandos Populares (civilian military units), the role of artists and intellectuals, women, Haitian immigrants, exiles, and foreigners who participated in the struggle against the U.S military troops and their local allies.

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Fortunato, René. Una primavera para el mundo: La revolución constitucionalista de 1965. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Amigo del Hogar, 2015. 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Revolution, acclaimed Dominican film director René Fortunato published a collection of 650 unedited photographs. The book includes a chronology of national and international news coverage of daily events from April 24 to September 3, 1965.

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Cordero, Margarita. Mujeres de abril. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: CIPAF, 1985. 

This book is a collection of testimonies from women who fought in the 1965 Revolution. In these interviews, Margarita Cordero, a renowned journalist, focuses on the daily lives of some of the women who participated in the revolution, and highlights their concrete experience amidst of war, their training in combat at Academia Militar 24 de Abril, As well as how women’s presence and involvement diversified the social discourse of the time and the history of the revolution. (Available online here)

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Núñez Fernández, José Antonio. La guerra de locutores Abril 1965. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, 2009. Print.

The book is an examination of the lives and experiences of radio commentators who were in favor of safeguarding the constitution of the Dominican Republic that recognized only democratically elected governments. These radio commentators waged a campaign against the 1965 U.S. occupation based on the unconstitutionality of the intervention. Furthermore, this book highlights the much larger collective role of many individuals in Dominican society who used whatever means at their disposal to fight against the U.S. occupation.

Available online here:  Download La_Guerra_Locutores_abril_1965

To have access to the broad and rich collection of resources related to the 1965 Revolution in the Dominican Republic, please visit The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute’s library.  

Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian


The important community serving Listín USA newspaper is now available to researchers on microfilm

LAMP (Latin American Materials Project)/Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has microfilmed a collection of Listín USA issues for the period of April 1992 - September 1992. There are some missing issues from June 24-30, 1992.

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Listín USA was the leading weekly newspaper covering the daily life of Dominicans in New York City in the early 1990s, a key period in the development of Dominican communities in the city. The newspaper highlights the growth, challenges, tensions, contributions and accomplishments of one of the largest immigrant groups in the North Eastern U.S.

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This microfilm project has preserved some important issues of Listín USA, allowing students, researchers, and the general public to explore events like the elections of the first Dominicans to the New York City Council and the New York State Assembly; the activities of businesses, community associations and cultural institutions led by Dominicans; the mobilization of Dominican public school parents, as well as the 1992 Washington Heights riots.
LAMP’s microfilming project to preserve these issues of Listín USA used the collection housed at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library donated by Dominican journalist José Alduey Sierra. Prof. Sarah Aponte, Chief Librarian at CUNY DSI, proposed the project at the 2015 Annual Conference of SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials) and worked closely with Judy Alspach, Area Studies Program Manager at CRL in bringing the initiative to completion. Prof. Aponte wants to acknowledge Program Manager Alspach for her assistance and communication during the process.

We invite you to peruse through these issues of Listín USA to study an important part of the history of New York City’s vibrant Dominican community.

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian 


(Re)Framing Raza: Digital Dissertation is now made available

 

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A few weeks ago, we were fortunate to be visited by our friend and recent PhD graduate Dr. Eva Michelle Wheeler. About a year ago, she presented part of her dissertation research at the Fifth Biennial Dominican Studies Association Conference in Naugatuck Valley Community College to scholars and students. It was our first introduction to her perspective employing linguistics in analyzing Dominican race and skin color descriptors. Her inventive study examines the intersection of language and race in the Dominican Republic utilizing what she describes as “a mixed methods approach for the examination of race that first analyzes how meaning is constructed for each term (in lieu of translation), and then empirically tests hypotheses regarding physical and social information via photo description questionnaires.”

In the same spirit, the CUNY Dominican Studies Library will like to share her complete dissertation to students and scholars through her personal website. Her dissertation is titled (Re)Framing Raza: Language as a Lens for Examining Race and Skin Color Categories in the Dominican Republic is highly recommended for students to gain a better footing on the Dominican racial setting.

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian


Opposing the Dominican Architectural Past and Present

Prof. Sarah Aponte would like to thank Architect Sachi Hoshikawa and PhD candidate Jennifer A. Báez for their recent donation related to Dominican architecture and the 1955 Dominican Republic’s Peace and Confraternity of the Free World Fair during the Trujillo regime.

Báez, Jennifer. “Constructing the Nation at the 1955 Ciudad Trujillo World’s Fair.” Athanor XXXII (2014): 93-101. (Athanor is a magazine published by the museum of fine arts and art history department of Florida State University) 

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Arquitectura en el trayecto del sol: entendiendo la modernidad dominicana/ Architecture in the path of the sun: Understanding Dominican Modernity. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Fundación Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana, 2014. Print.

Few published articles and books compile in such a chronological way the ideology, history, and aesthetics of modernity in the Dominican Republic. The book was published as a complimentary piece to the Venice Biennale exhibit in 2014, one of the premier cultural events in the world displaying new art trends. This volume contains a compilation of texts and images to give readers a comprehensive idea of the rise of the particularities of Modern Architecture in the Dominican Republic. It provides a concrete analysis using a “historical synchronic frame” in others words a sense of the evolution of Dominican architecture; while attempting to deconstruct the notion of modernity within specific ideological and political contexts. The periods of Dominican architecture evolution are broken down into the following sections: the beginning of the twentieth century, the Trujillo dictatorship, the governments of Joaquín Balaguer and the recent years. In addition, many students and professionals in architecture will find this book particularly useful for its thoughts and reflections on ethics and aesthetics that are embedded in the new language of design in the Dominican Republic at different political circumstances.

Arquitectura en el trayecto del sol acknowledges the inherent identification of the “Peace and Confraternity of the Free World Fair,” where Dictator Rafael Trujillo celebrated his 25 years of power, as a sort of zenith of the construction of Dominican modernity. The article “Constructing the Nation at the 1955 Ciudad Trujillo World’s Fair.” implicitly talks about this as well, this construction of the nation and the fair as a medium for the dictatorship’s power and presence. The article mentions how the fair shaped the idea of the nation and defining modernity in the structure of hierarchical relationship between the city and the colonial quarters. While Báez’s article focuses on how the conception of a Dominican nation was cultivated during the Free World Fair and simultaneously carving a distinct cultural and spatial geography in relation to Haiti, I believe there are interesting parallels in both the article and the book. The fair was the channel for this discourse on Modernity at a very critical time in the Dominican Republic because of the anti-communist rhetoric in the Western hemisphere. The Trujillo regime needed to promote modernity and progress, in its own terms, but also attempted to align State ideology with Cold War discourse.

Furthermore, the article discusses the role of la zona colonia (colonial quarters) as a model of our architectural heritage, but it also gave spectators a contrast of past and present. I recommend this article if you want to understand how the fair forged this perception of the Dominican nation within the international panorama, but also in its relationship to Haiti. The book will give you more information and contributes critically to the discussion on the fair in the chapter “Modernity and Power” by Gustavo Luis Moré.

On another note, if you happen to be in New York, do not miss Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Commemorating and celebrating the 60th anniversary of “Latin American Architecture since 1945,” a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. Now the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s. The show is on view until July 19, 2015.

Sachi Hoshikawa, an architect and real estate advisor who holds a Master in Design Studies in Real Estate Finance and Development from Harvard University, is the collaborator and executive producer of Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana (LAD) a non-profit organization based in the Dominican Republic and New York City.

I highly recommend that architectural students specifically take advantage of the above discussed resources and the exhibit. The resources also serve those that may be studying history, political science, and art history. There are many photographs of the beautiful architecture over the years in the Dominican Republic so for those doing photography don’t be shy, come and visit the library.

Jhensen Ortiz
Assistant Librarian

 

 


Caribbean Migrants Observatory (OBMICA) Donates to the DSI Library

Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank Allison J. Petrozziello for her kind visit and for donating several books from Observation Center for Migration and Development in the Caribbean (OBMICA) to our library.

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OBMICA is a think tank working on migration issues from a gender and rights perspective in the Dominican Republic. The donation consists of works in both English and Spanish: Género y el riesgo de apatridia para la población de ascendencia haitiana en los bateyes de la República Dominicana (2014), Estado del arte de las migraciones que atañen a la República Dominicana 2012 (2013), Migración y medio ambiente (2014), Estado de la cuestión de la población de los bateyes dominicanos en relación a la documentación (2014), Migración y sostenibilidad ambiental en Hispaniola (2014), Making Visible the Violence against Haitian Migrant, in-transit and Displaced Women on the Dominican-Haitian Border (2012),  Mujeres en el camino (2011), Estado del arte de las migraciones que atañen a la República Dominicana (2014), Deportees: The Human Face of a Social Reality (2011).

Below we briefly review three of the eleven publications:

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Petrozziello, Allison, and Bridget Wooding. Fanm Nan Fwontyè, Fanm Toupatou: Making Visible the Violence against Haitian Migrant, In-Transit and Displaced Women on the Dominican-Haitian Border. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: OBMICA, 2012. Print.

This book is a qualitative study on the reality of Haitian women and girls who experience multiple forms of violence on the Dominican-Haitian border, whether as migrants, cross border traders, or displaced persons following the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Furthermore, the fieldwork for this study was done specifically with the help and support of Haitian migrant woman in the border area of Elías Píña/Belladére who shared their experiences with the research team. In terms of the methodology the authors articulate and analyze the data reading through relevant literature, both theoretical and empirical, prior to the field work, which was done during the second half of May 2011. They also worked closely in collaboration with the Colectiva Mujer y Salud (CMS), a non-governmental organization dedicated to women’s issues. CMS assisted OBMICA in identifying women who were displaced following the Haitian earthquake, as well as additional support to researchers in the field and logistics throughout the study. Lastly, the authors offer a series of recommendations to the Dominican and Haitian governments, local authorities, the civil society, international organizations, and migrant women themselves.

This book is highly recommended to students, researchers, sociologists, and human rights activists as well as the general public. Some of the key research areas are: Violence against Women in the Dominican Republic, Haitian migrant in transit in the Dominican Republic, Dominican-Haitian Border, Traffic of Haitian women and children, and Haitian-Dominican Republic Relations.

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Petrozziello, Allison J., Ameila Hintzen, and Juan Carlos González Díaz. Género y el riesgo de Apatridia para la población de ascendencia haitiana en los bateyes de la República Dominicana. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: OBMICA, 2014. Print.

In this book, based on historical and sociological research, the authors argue that there are important gender dimensions to mediate in the risk of becoming stateless (or remain in a state of legal limbo) for Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. There is a chapter on the historical background on the lives of women in the bateyes from the era of Trujillo and concluding with the time of the State Sugar Council from 1961 to the present; particularly important because they explain why the sudden encouragement from the Dominican state for the formation of Haitian families and their descendants to live in the country and work in the sugar cane fields. The publication is also responding to the Constitutional court ruling issued on September 23, 2013 that retroactively revokes citizenship for thousands living in the country of Haitian. Those born in the Dominican Republic since 1929 could lose citizenship if they don't have at least one Dominican parent. The ruling has caused to upend the lives of thousands, mostly people of Haitian descent. The book provides timely analysis on finding solutions to this humanitarian crisis triggered after the Constitutional Court ruling. Applying a gender context reveals patterns and peculiarities which, in turn, allow human rights defenders to identify strategic points to support their fight against this serious and blatant violation of human rights.

This book is highly recommended to students, researchers, sociologists, and human rights activists as well as the general public. Some of the key research areas are: Discrimination of Dominican-Haitian descendants, Denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent, Constitutional Court decision ruling 168-13, Statelessness in the Dominican Republic, and Gender dynamics of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

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Belliard, Marianella, andBridget Wooding. Deportados: El rostro humano de una realidad social: Brief sobre la realidad de los repatriados dominicanos = Deportees: the Human Face of a Social Reality of Dominican Deportees. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: OBMICA, 2011. Print.

This booklet discusses the social reality of Dominican deportees from the United States to the Dominican Republic. While their analysis is brief there is substantial information on 1996 “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IRCA)” and its impact on deportation. Inside you will find two cases that are emblematic of how this law was applied arbitrarily. There are graphs and statistics depicting the number of non-criminal and criminal deportation. In addition, the authors describe the social perception of deportees in Dominican society and the wasted opportunity that many dream of going to America. Overall, the booklet is comprehensive in examining the reality felt at both ends—in the United States and Dominican Republic.

This book is highly recommended to students, researchers, sociologists, and human rights activists as well as the general public. Their work covers key research areas as: United States and Dominican Republic Immigration Law and policy, International migration law, and society perception of deportees.

To learn more about OBMICA (Observation Center for Migration and Development in the Caribbean) feel free to visit their website.The CUNY/DSI library has an extensive bibliographical collection on human rights abuses, women rights, and discrimination in the Dominican Republic. For more information, contact chief librarian Sarah Aponte. You can also search the CUNY+ online catalog.

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian

 


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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Lissette Acosta-Corniel donates her doctoral dissertation

Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte would like to thank Dr. Lissette Acosta-Corniel for donating her doctoral dissertation Towards A theory about Spanish Women in Sixteenth Century Hispaniola to our library.As an esteemed colleague CUNY Dominican Studies Institute staff is extremely proud of her work and her journey as a promising young scholar. 

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Acosta-Corniel, Lisette. Towards A theory about Spanish Women in Sixteenth Century Hispaniola. Diss. University at Albany, State University of New York, 2013. Ann Arbor: UMI, 2013. Print

    This dissertation is an inventive study about the Spanish women of Hispaniola, the first European settlement of the Americas. She analyzes the lives of Spanish women in sixteenth century Hispaniola who otherwise never have been accurately identified and in the process have been omitted from history. Furthermore, the dissertation provides a research guide about Spanish women in sixteenth century Hispaniola through informative case studies and vignettes of the lives of these women. This dissertation argues the participatory role of Spanish women in the development of a society under patriarchal control and illuminates the ways the theories of micro and macro development, women as a colony, injuries speech, discourse analysis, among many other topics that give a comprehensive stance within the confined spaces that Spanish women were made to live.
   Part of the methodological approach she used to analyze the topic was primary documents in books, microfiche, and secondary sources. Her research took her to visit Archives and Libraries in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Spain. The pursuit to find information about the Spanish women who came to the New World is certainly stimulating and pioneering. This dissertation can be of interest to students, researchers, historians and as well as the general public interested in historiography of Spanish colonialism, Spanish women of colonial Latin America, and colonial period in Dominican Republic or Hispaniola. 

    Dr. Lissette Acosta-Corniel also took part in developing the online Spanish Paleography Tool Project at CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (Click here to see the project).She also appears in a video on YouTube talking about the paleography tool (Click here to see the video) explaining how extremely significant it was for her while she was working on her PhD dissertation. 

Jhensen Ortiz


Latin American Visuals Online Repository at American University

A short time ago, researcher and American University graduate student Maribel Vásquez visited the CUNY Dominican Studies Archives and Library; she shared with us the recently launched Latin American Visuals Online Repository an exceptional resource featuring materials gathered by Latin Americanist scholars from multiple institutions for use by students and scholars alike. According to its web site, by combining these materials on one web site, individuals will be able to experience the rich culture, heritage, and natural beauty of Latin America and Antarctica. The online repository was made public in June of 2013 and it contains images of the Dominican Republic through the collection of images collected by Jack Child, alumnus and former faculty member at American University. The photographs reflect his two years in the Dominican Republic in 1975 and 1978 correspondingly. This online repository is still being updated with more photographs of Jack Child’s travels throughout Latin America and Antarctica and new content is continuously being added. A major motivation in setting up and populating this digital repository has been to have other institutions and Latin American scholars contribute to the Latin American Visual web site.

You can contribute here: http://aulav.wrlc.org/contribute

This video library and web site is recommended viewing to students, researchers, anthropologists, folklorists, photographers, artists as well as the general public. Some of the key themes areas are: The Caribbean region, Latin America, Antarctica, agricultural landscapes, urban scenery, social movements, and daily customs in different Latin American countries.

Jhensen Ortiz