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Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria, and the Crisis of Colonialism


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Join us for a gathering of scholars, organizers, filmmakers, and community members to discuss what can be done to promote grassroots rebuilding and resist colonization and corporate exploitation in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Hosted by the UIC Social Justice Initiative, the Union of Puerto Rican Students, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and the Puerto Rican Agenda. Elsie Hernandez, founder and director of the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, will be a panelist during the days events.

A full day symposium including:
Three panel discussions from 9:00am-5:00pm:
-Puerto Rico, New Orleans, and Haiti: Environment, Race, Class, and Empire
-Puerto Rico in the Wake of Maria: The Politics of Survival and Sovereignty
-Behind the Lens, After the Storm: A Discussion with Puerto Rican Filmmakers

Keynote address from 6:00pm-7:30pm featuring:
Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico