Showing posts with label History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label History. Show all posts

Monday, July 08, 2013

REBEL: A Woman In Battle

Rebel, a new documentary explores the Secret Life of Loreta Velazquez -- Cuban immigrant, Confederate Soldier turned Union Spy. REBEL will premiere in New York on WNET on Sunday, July 21 at 7PM or you can watch the full length film here.

REBEL is based on Loreta’s 600-page memoir, A Woman In Battle, which caused a sensation when it was published in 1876 and remains in print to this day. For over a century, Loreta was dismissed as a liar and a prostitute, but new evidence indicates she was no hoax. 

“Loreta’s memoir gives us rare insight into war from a woman and a Latina’s point of view. She was an immigrant serving her country by fighting for it, as so many generations have done. Growing up in New Orleans she naturally aligned herself with the South and even kept a slave, but records show she would end up spying for the North. 

She was a complex woman who ultimately turned against war as a solution to the world’s problems,” says writer/director María Agui Carter. Although Loreta’s memoir, which most historians acknowledge to be somewhat embellished, was dismissed as a hoax for over a century, historians have recently discovered documents in the National Archives as well as newspaper articles and letters proving that she did indeed exist. “Loreta Velazquez was a rebel who flouted all the rules to become a part of American history,” says Ms. Agui Carter.



Thursday, November 15, 2012

NYC: Comite Noviembre's First Annual Book Expo & Artisan Fair this Weekend


You are cordially invited to participate in Comite Noviembre's First Annual Book Expo to take place at Comite Noviembre's Artisan Fair. The artisan fair is the largest Puerto Rican artisan fair in the US!!! FREE to the public!  Taking place Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Hostos Community College!

The Artisan Fair & Exhibit was established in 2006, in celebration of Comité Noviembre's, 20th anniversary. Over 50 artesanos puertorriqueños from throughout the US and Puerto Rico participated and the event boasted an attendance of over 5000 people in this very first Fair. 

The Book Expo will add more culture to an already established tradition in the NY Boricua community. The Expo take place at the bridge that spans the Grand Concourse on the 2nd floor, adjacent to the gym where the majority of the artisans will be set up. RSVP here.



Monday, June 18, 2012

New Book: Tales of Seduction: The Figure of Don Juan in Spanish Culture

If you're the kind of person that enjoys your literary criticism through a lens of machismo, don't worry, I've got you covered. Tales of Seduction : The Figure of Don Juan in Spanish Culture, might be just up your alley.


Don Juan is one of the intriguing creations of Western literature. A legendary seducer of women, trickster, and transgressor of sacred boundaries, he has been the object of countless revisions over the centuries. 


The twentieth-century has viewed the figure afresh through the prism of its own cultural terms of reference and social concerns. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Tales of Seduction focuses on the intersections between myth, culture, and intellectual inquiry. 


Sarah Wright takes Don Juan back to Spain, his birth-place, and examines the confluences of Spanish culture with aspects of Western intellectual history (medicine, psychoanalysis, linguistics), where she finds Don Juan continues to transgress the limits of culture from the early twentieth century to the present.


Sarah Wright completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge and is currently Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Set the DVR! 6-Hour LATINO AMERICANS Comes to PBS

The PBS SERIES "LATIN AMERICANS" will tell the EXPERIENCE OF LATINOS IN THE UNITED STATES DURING THE LAST 200 YEARS, coming FALL OF 2013.

LATINO AMERICANS narrate the arrival of millions of people from 1980 to the twenty-first century, the greatest migration of people in the recent history of the United States. The reasons for their arrival were many: from riots and civil wars, the impact of U.S. policies during the Cold War, and the consequences of globalization and free trade in North America (NAFTA). Many immigrants came to America seeking a better life for their families, pursuing the American dream.
The series will also examine the consequences of strengthening the borders, anti-bilingualism and the efforts by declaring illegal immigration a felony. But during the debate on immigration, the powerful voice of Latinos in the second, third and fourth generation rose to reach positions of power and influence, changing the American political and economic framework, and meeting at a new phenomenon: the concept of " Latin-American. "

Monday, February 13, 2012

New Book: Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile

I just started reading the eBook version of Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox and wanted to put it on your radar.

I've always been fascinated by both Queen's tragic lives and I'm glad someone finally wrote about Juana La Loca.

Via Goodreads:
The history books have cast Katherine of Aragon, the first queen of King Henry VIII of England, as the ultimate symbol of the Betrayed Woman, cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husband’s seductive mistress, Anne Boleyn. Katherine’s sister, Juana of Castile, wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, is portrayed as “Juana the Mad,” whose erratic behavior included keeping her beloved late husband’s coffin beside her for years. But historian Julia Fox, whose previous work painted an unprecedented portrait of Jane Boleyn, Anne’s sister, offers deeper insight in this first dual biography of Katherine and Juana, the daughters of Spain’s Ferdinand and Isabella, whose family ties remained strong despite their separation. Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins, Fox reveals these queens as flesh-and-blood women—equipped with character, intelligence, and conviction—who are worthy historical figures in their own right. 

When they were young, Juana’s and Katherine’s futures appeared promising. They had secured politically advantageous marriages, but their dreams of love and power quickly dissolved, and the unions for which they’d spent their whole lives preparing were fraught with duplicity and betrayal. Juana, the elder sister, unexpectedly became Spain’s sovereign, but her authority was continually usurped, first by her husband and later by her son. Katherine, a young widow after the death of Prince Arthur of Wales, soon remarried his doting brother Henry and later became a key figure in a drama that altered England’s religious landscape. 

Ousted from the positions of power and influence they had been groomed for and separated from their children, Katherine and Juana each turned to their rich and abiding faith and deep personal belief in their family’s dynastic legacy to cope with their enduring hardships. Sister Queens is a gripping tale of love, duty, and sacrifice—a remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin, it seems, was to have been born a woman.

 Julia Fox was interviewed by NPR, the audio is available on their website.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Identity Entanglement

In her lecture, "Belonging to Britain", Hazel Carby looks at the historic relationship between England and Jamaica, including the history of the slave trade in Bristol and the complex question of identity for those of mixed British and West Indian heritage. Carby is a professor of African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. Born in Britain of Jamaican and Welsh parentage, she has broadened the range of African American scholarship by situating it in the larger context of the international black diaspora.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Groundbreaking Moment: Obama Nominates Sotomayor for Supreme Court

Just a few hours ago, President Obama nominated federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court.




If confirmed, Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Supreme Court justice of Hispanic (Puerto Rican) descent and only the third woman ever to sit on the panel. She grew up in a Bronx housing project, went on to Princeton University and Yale Law School.



I watched this morning and felt as proud and teary-eyed as day Obama was sworn in. This is a major moment for Latinas in this country!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Personal Is Political

Here's your chance, ladies and gentlemen, let them (and our future generations) know WE were there!


The Veterans History Project, is gathering volunteer interviewers—family and friends of veterans, communities and a wide variety of organizations—to record the one-of-a-kind interviews of wartime veterans, collect oral histories of America’s World War II veterans, and send them to the Project, where they are housed in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress.



To become involved, download a new Veterans History Project field kit from the Veterans History Project Web site, request the kit via e-mail at vohp@loc.gov or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848.

 
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