Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Hilda Llorens ─ Documenting and Challenging Racial Hierarchies in the Puerto Rican Classroom

Thursday, February 20, 2014

12 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Lunch will be provided.

Hilda Lloréns is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the Caribbean and on U.S. Latinas/os. She has conducted ethnographic research and published articles about race and blackness in Puerto Rican visual and cultural production. Her book, Representing Puerto Rico: National Art, Colonial Photographs, and Race during the American Century (forthcoming in 2014) synthesizes over a decade of research on this topic. Her work about race, racism, and blackness extends to the realms of education and social justice. Dr. Lloréns is co-author of an anti-racist textbook that aims to combat racism in Puerto Rico's school curriculum (2013). She has carried out interviews among Latinas in Los Angeles, Miami, New England, and San Juan about plastic surgery, beauty ideals, and race. More recently, Dr. Lloréns has conducted cross-cultural research with Dominican and Puerto Rican girls in New England seeking to understand their cultural models of success and wellbeing, as well as beauty and body ideals.

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies