DSA Conference 2018

The VIII Biennial Dominican Studies Association Conference: "Dominicans on the Map: Heritage, Citizenship, Memory & Social Justice"

Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17, 2018

Dedicated to distinguished poet
Rhina P. Espaillat


The VIII Biennial Dominican Studies Association Conference, Dominicans on the Map: Heritage, Citizenship, Memory & Social Justice is dedicated to the distinguished poet Rhina P. Espaillat. Opening remarks will be offered by Daisy Cocco de Filippis, President of Naugatuck Valley Community College. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. María Harper-Marinick, Chancellor of The Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college systems in the nation.

Thursday, Nov. 15

3:00 to 5:00 PM l Hostos Art Gallery
Workshop. Scholars Network. Conference Registration.

5:00 to 7:00 PM l Hostos Art Gallery
Opening Reception: Dr. Daisy Cocco de Filippis, President, Naugatuck Valley Community College; Dr. Silvio Torres Saillant, Professor, English Department; Dean's Professor of the Humanities/College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University and DSA Co-chair, Hostos Associate Dean Ana Garcia Reyes. Moderator: Dr. Lissette Acosta Corniel.

Friday, Nov. 16

8:00 - 9:00 AM | Hostos Café
Breakfast; followed by a full conference program.

1:20 - 2:40 PM | Hostos Café

  • Lingering Issues in Studies of the Dominican Experience
  • Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, Climate Changes an Its Consequences on the Banks of the Ozama River
  • Bernardo Vega, Annexing the Dominican Republic to the US: President Grant vs the US Congress
  • Roberto Alvarez, On a Truth Commission to Address the Crimes of the Trujillo Dictatorship
  • Frank Moya Pons, Imagining the Future of Dominican Historical Research
  • Ramona Hernandez, Current Trends in the Study of Dominican Migration: The Ellis Island Archives

9:00 AM - 6:30 PM | Hostos Café FDR | JFK | C- 359 | C-361 | Art Gallery
Simultaneous Panel Presentations: Ramona Hernández. Lisa Paravisini-Gerbert. Bernardo Vega. Roberto Alvarez. Frank Moya Pons, Historian.

Saturday, Nov. 17

8:00 to 9:00 AM | Hostos Art Gallery

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM | Hostos Bookstore / C-359 & C-361 rooms
Simultaneous Panel Presentations. Welcome by Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College of CUNY. Introduction of keynote speaker by Dr. Daisy Cocco de Filippis, President, Naugatuck Valley Community College. Keynote speaker Dr. María Harper-Marinick, Chancellor of Arizona Maricopa County Community Colleges, 11:40 AM - 12:45 PM.


About the Dominican Studies Association (DSA)
Born nearly two decades ago, the Dominican Studies Association (DSA) offers its eighth biennial congress as the occasion to usher in the organization and the field of study that it was born to promote to the next level. This eighth iteration looks to examining areas of inquiry, geographies of knowledge, research questions, and critical paradigms that its founders could hardly have fathomed when they first resolved to insist that the scholarly exploration of the Dominican experience merited a place in the US academy. After some trail-blazing, DSA wishes now to serve as a platform to new generations of scholars with quests of their own, which, in a best-case scenario, they will advance by building on the accomplishments and transcending the drawbacks of their precursors, while remaining attached to the founding ideal of using the study of the Dominican experience as a forum to foster the cause of humanity. Care for humanity implies attention to social justice, diversity, and inclusion, inclusion understood not merely as the phenotypes of bodies that differ from ours but also the knowledge that those bodies have produced, all of which we need as no part of our species can believably claim sole possession of the wisdom required for our collective survival.