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HOSTOS PROFESSOR EMERITUS GERALD J. MEYER
HELPS TO HOST VITO MARCANTONIO AND THE PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE: SOLIDARITY AND PROGRESS
CO-SPONSORED BY
THE CENTER FOR PUERTO RICAN STUDIES AND THE ITALIAN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION

Monday, November 19, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – On November 28, 2012, Dr. Gerald J. Meyer, Professor Emeritus at Eugenio María Hostos Community College of CUNY, will participate in an educational forum entitled Vito Marcantonio and the Puerto Rican People: Solidarity and Progress.

This special event, which is intended to preserve the history of the radical political tradition of East Harlem, will be held at Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies.  Its focus will be on the work of Marcantonio, the U.S. Congressman for East Harlem for 14 years who also served as the de-facto Congressman for Puerto Rico. In addition, the forum will examine the cultural milieus of Italian Harlem and El Barrio, and explain why and how the “Vito Marcantonio Phenomenon” emerged as the exemplar of a successful, progressive politician who would never compromise on matters of principle.

A longtime admirer of Marcantonio, Professor Meyer was honored for his activism, generosity, and love of Hostos at a reception held on April 25th in the college’s newly-named Vito Marcantonio Room, which was formerly known as B-115 in the building at 500 Grand Concourse.

Meyer is the author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954, now in its fourth printing.

The Marcantonio forum is being co-sponsored by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, and the Italian American Studies Association (formerly AIHA).

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 P.M.

WHERE:
Hunter College, Faculty Dining Room, West Building, 8th Floor, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue

Presenters:
Edgardo Meléndez - “Marcantonio and Luis Muñoz Marín: Cooperation and Conflict”
Gerald Meyer - “Vito Marcantonio: Fighter for Puerto Rico’s Independence”

Performances:
LuLu Pascale
Playwright/Actor and Performance Artist
“Dear Marc, Letters to Marcantonio: A Dramatic Reading”

and

Roberto Ragone
Consultant and Community Activist
“Speeches with a Conscience: Marcantonio's Commitment to the Italian and Puerto Rican Heritage”

Moderator:

Gil Fagiani
Board Member, Italian American Writers Association
Poet and Founding Member of the East Harlem Historic Association

 

Press Contact:
Evelyn Collazo
Telephone: (212) 396-6545
E-mail: evelyn.collazo@hunter.cuny.edu

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