About this series of virutal events

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center in partnership with #PRSyllabus and the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY present:

Sancocho LIVE: Catastrophe, Resistance, & Joy:

A Virtual Stew of “Non-Essential” Thinkers and Makers / Un guiso virtual de pensadores y hacedores “no-esenciales”


This three-part virtual event will bring together scholars, writers, artists, and activists to think about how “non-essential” communities, workers, and institutions are responding to the intersecting catastrophes of the present.

Events are anchored around a series of questions, among them: How can we understand the COVID-19 pandemic within a longer narrative arc of disaster, austerity, and compounding crisis? For whom is the pandemic a transformative rupture, and for whom it is yet another episode in a larger story of precarity and disposability? What is the role of cultural organizing in the process of collective recovery? What role do cultural workers play in revaluing the work and worlds of those deemed either non-essential or expendable?

Drawing inspiration from Pedro Pietri’s concept of the “aesthetic sancocho” each event will consist of short video presentations, followed by a moderated dialogue (open to Q&A) with Puerto Rican cultural workers in the island and the diaspora. We will end with a virtual jangueo where DJ's set the mood and participants can continue building together.

** Events will be fully bilingial with English & Spanish interpretation by Babilla Collective **

***NOTE: you must register here on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link***

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, June 11th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM (EDT):
The Pandemic as Aftershock/ La Pandemia como réplica


How can we understand COVID-19 within a longer narrative arc of disaster, austerity, and compounding crisis?/¿Cómo entendemos el COVID-19 dentro de una narrativa más grande de desastres, austeridad, y crisis acumulativa?

Thursday, June 18th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM (EDT): In Defense of the “Non-essentials” / En Defensa de lo “no-esencial”

How do periods of crisis lead to revaluations of cultural work and new definitions of the essential?/¿Cómo en periodos de crisis se revaloriza el trabajo cultural y se redefine lo esencial? /

Thursday, June 25th 7:00 to 9:00 PM (EDT):
Essential Infrastructure/ Infraestructura esencial

How have cultural workers responded to the fundamental needs of their communities in the face of state abandonment?/ ¿De qué forma han respondido los trabajadores culturales las necesidades fundamentales de sus comunidades en respuesta al abandono estatal?

This event series is co-sponsored by The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center in partnership with #PRSyllabus and the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY as part of the The Puerto Rico Syllabus project from the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

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