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aspects of the complex relationship of the African diaspora to Latin American
culture. With presentations by distinguished scholars, this event offers the
opportunity to deepen knowledge and
understanding, foster dialogue, and educate
audiences and speakers alike.
Arturo A. Schomburg (1874-1938) was born in
Santurce, Puerto Rico to María Josefa, a freeborn
black midwife from St. Croix, and Carlos Federico
Schomburg, a merchant of German heritage.
Schomburg was educated at Puerto Rico’s
Instituto Popular, and at St. Thomas College, in
the Danish ruled Virgin Islands, where he studied
Negro Literature. One of his teachers claimed that
blacks had no history, heroes or
accomplishments. This patently biased claim
inspired Schomburg’s life long quest to find the
truth and to document the accomplishments of
Afro-Latinos. In 1911 Schomburg co-founded with John Edward Bruce the
Negro Society for Historical Accomplishments. Today, Schomburg’s collection
of literature, artifacts, music, and art is housed in New York City at the
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a component of the New
York’s Public Library system.
2721 N. 5th Street
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The Annual Arturo A. Schomburg Symposium explores different
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18th Annual Arturo A. Schomburg Symposium
AND CULTURAL PRACTICES
Arturo A. Schomburg (1874-1938) nació en Santurce, Puerto Rico en el
1874. Sus padres fueron María Josefa, una comadrona de raza negra nacida
libre en la isla de Santa Cruz, y Carlos Federico Schomburg, un comerciante
de ascendencia alemana. Schomburg se educó en el Instituto Popular de San
Juan, Puerto Rico, y en el Colegio danés de St. Thomas, Islas Vírgenes. Uno
de sus maestros le comentó que los negros no tenían historia, ni héroes, ni
logros. Este prejuiciado comentario inspiró a Schomburg a dedicar su vida a
investigar y documentar los logros de los y las Afro-descendientes en el
mundo. En el 1911 Schomburg co-funda, con John Edward Bruce, la
Sociedad Negra para Logros Históricos. La colección que Schomburg logró
reunir incluye un gran número de obras de literatura, artefactos, música y
arte. Esta se encuentra actualmente localizada en la ciudad de Nueva York,
en el Centro Schomburg para la Investigación de la Cultura Negra, el cual
forma parte de las bibliotecas públicas de la ciudad de Nueva York.
2721 N. 5th Street,
Saturday, February 22, 2014
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Festival Mask, Cusco. Peru
12:45-2:00 p.m. Lunch (Dance Room, 2nd floor)
boricua vejigante mask: where does it come from? García, draws from her
wide experience as an artist, her long-term practice with folk-art, and her
research to inform the history and practices of the vejigantes of Puerto Rico.
9:30-9:50 a.m. Continental Breakfast"/Café y bizcochitos
Mildred Siuko García Ramírez is a Puerto Rican artist, consultant,
lecturer, and Ph. D candidate in Puerto Rican, and Caribbean History in the
Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in Puerto Rico.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts, Queens College, New York City. As
an artist she has exhibited extensively in Puerto Rico, and also in Mexico, the
United States, and Germany.
9:50-10:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
10:00-10:45 a.m. Dr. Max Harris, The Ambiguity of Masks in Latin
3:00 - 4:45 p.m. Panel:
America and the Caribbean. Masks with African features may not be
African in origin but Afro-Caribbean caricatures of white caricatures of
Dr. Max Harris has a Ph. D. in Religious Studies, University of Virginia,
1989. He has been an independent scholar and author since 2004
publishing several books including Carnival and Other Christian Festivals:
Folk Theology and Folk Performance (Austin: University of Texas Press,
Moderator: Evelyne Laurent-Perrault is an Afro-Latina activist and scholar.
She has studied, lived, and traveled through Europe, Africa, Latin America, North
America, and the Caribbean. Ms. Laurent-Perrault is working on her disortation
towards a Ph.D. in the History Department, New York University’s (NYU), African
Diaspora program in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Speakers, Presentations and Schedule
Mask Practices in Art. Incorporations, interpretations and adaptations
10:45-11:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel Cruz, Afro-Latino Masks: Roots, Ritual
& Rhythm in Latin America and the Caribbean- In the US, African belief
systems were generally rejected as primitive and barbaric, but in Latin
America and the Caribbean they gradually amalgamated with the sacred and
secular expressions of the culture.
Dr. Samuel Cruz, received his Ph. D. in Religion and Society, Drew
University, Madison, NJ, 2002. Dr. Cruz is Assistant Professor of Religion
and Society at Union Theological Seminary.
Dr. Cruz is an ordained
minister and an ordained pastor, and he is the author of Christianity and
Culture in the City: A Post-Colonial Approach, 2013.
11:30-12:15 p.m. Dr. Darío A. Euraque and L. Yesenia Martínez
Garífuna Culture Seen through Masked Choreographed Rituals in
Contemporary Central American Education Garifuna music, dance, and
historical narratives, and masked rituals, are perhaps the most circulated
and presented cultural expressions of this, the largest of Central America’s
segments of the African Diaspora. Paradoxically, the formal educational
sensibilities of millions of Central Americans to this legacy remains
superficial, mired in stereotypes, and distressingly disengaged from the
L. Yesenia Martínez, is the Director of Human Resources in the Ministry of
Education in Honduras. She received her Master’s degree in Central
American history, University of Costa Rica.
Dr. Darío A. Euraque received his Ph.D. in Latin American History,
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1990. Dr. Euraque has held several
positions at Trinity College in Connecticut including Professor of History, and
he has been the Chair of the Department of History since June, 2013. Dr
Euraque is a Fullbright Scholar and is the author of “La Diáspora Africana en
los Programas Educativos de Centroamérica”, (The African Diaspora in the
Education Programs in Central America), co-authored with Yesenia Martínez.
Tegucigalpa: Editorial Guaymuras, 2013.
Mildred Siuko García Ramírez
Claudio Mir received a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in Creative Writing,Rutgers
University Graduate School, Newark, NJ, 2012. He has been an artistic
associate for the Institute of Arts Humanities Educations, 1999-2007, and
Artistic Director for the Artist Mentoring Against Racism, Drugs and Violence
Summer Camp, from 1997 to the present.
Orlando Enrique Fiol is a piano and keyboard player, and Latin and Indian
percussion instructor in various musicological fields. He is finishing his Ph.D. in
music theory at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration on
contemporary Cuban piano in popular dance music. Fiol has played with
renowned musicians such as Stevie Wonder and others.
Ira Bond, M. Ed., is an educator of cultural and ethnic tradition, and folklorist of
Africa and it’s diaspora, with over 20 years of teaching experience in urban
Philadelphia. He has traveled extensively including Lebanon, Jordan, West
Africa and the Caribbean, researching and teaching. Ira earned a Masters of
Education in Multicultural Education from Eastern University.
4:45 p.m. –
Remarks and Closing
**** Act 48 CEU credits have been approved for Philadelphia School District teachers with their School District I.D.
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Siuko García, Resiliency and longevity of the Afro-
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Afro-Latino Masks: Roots, Representations and Cultural
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America and the Caribbean and their historical connection with
Africa. More importantly, how Afro-Latino masks - whether they have
religious significance or secular meanings - represent Latin America
and the Caribbean’s history of colonization, acculturation, and
12:15 -12:45 p.m. Plenary (Theater) Q & A
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