"TEACHING FOR ME must be challenging, meaningful and imaginative. Everyday I ask myself what would make each lesson interesting, for students and for me. I think it is most successful when teachers view education as transformative and when students see learning as empowering."
PROF. HERNANDEZ is a New York-based Puerto Rican translator, writer and critic. He has done extensive research on the life and works of Eugenio María de Hostos that led to his recovery of articles written by that author while he lived in New York City in the 19th century. As Humanities faculty, he has taught courses on Hostos and Martí and was the coordinator of the symposium Hostos & Martí in New York City, held at Hostos Community College in 2003 (The proceedings from that symposium will be published by the Hostosian Review/Revista Hostosiana). In 2005, he was a co-director, with Dr. Lucinda Zoe, of a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute: Visions of Freedom in the Americas: Eugenio María de Hostos & José Martí in 19th Century New York, which took place at the College. He is currently editing a series of essays by various historians and critics on the subject of Hostos in New York City.
Prof. Hernández has published his own poetry and translated into Spanish poems by John Ashbery, Wallace Stevens, E.R. Ammons, Ted Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop and Graciany Miranda Archilla. Bishop's Antología poética, translated and edited, with a critical study by Hernández, appeared in 2003, published by Visor Libros, Madrid. Latino Books published his translation of Miranda Archilla's poetry book Hungry Bust/Polvo hambriento in a bilingual edition, in 2004. Hernández's translations into English include Hostos's En barco de papel, jointly with Elizabeth Macklin, as well as poems by the Cuban writer José Lezama Lima and by the Spanish poet Dionisio Cañas. He is also editing Miranda Archilla's Anotología poética, which will be published by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, and with writer David Cortés, he is currently working on an anthology of the Atalayista avant garde poetry movement.