On September 20, 2017, Hurricane María struck the island of Puerto Rico with catastrophic force, shattering lives, communities, infrastructure and the physical environment. One year later, Puerto Rico remains in the grips of an ongoing and systematic crisis.
The Listening to Puerto Rico teach-in event will feature a panel discussion with U-M faculty and collaborators from Puerto Rico. During this discussion you will hear powerful narratives of loss and recovery, abandonment and resilience, failure and hope as you come to better understand Puerto Rico’s past, present, and future. During the teach-in event, there will be an opportunity for audience members to share their own story about Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico or to ask the panelists a question. Light refreshments will be provided.
Panelists will include:
Moderator: Will Potter, Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department and Senior Academic Innovation Fellow
Rose Figueroa, Two-time Michigan Alumna who helped lead collection efforts across Michigan in the wake of Hurricane Maria
Larry La Fountain-Stokes, Interim Director of Latina/o Studies Program and Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Michigan
Amilcar Matos-Moreno, PhD Candidate in the School of Public Health
Luis Trellis, Producer, Radio Ambulante and 2018-19 Knight Wallace Fellow
This event is co-sponsored by the Latina/o Studies Program and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, both housed in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. This teach-in is associated with the Listening to Puerto Rico Teach-Out, which is an online learning event created by the Office of Academic Innovation at U-M and the Office of Digital Learning at the University of Notre Dame. We encourage you to join the online conversation, which is live until September 24.