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Jun 1–4, 2017

Providence Fest

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is the Creative Capital and Mayor Jorge Elorza invites you to perform, create and sell with Providence’s own artistic talent. In its third year, PVDFest will expand to explore art education and public art installations, building on the success of the first two years of the festival.

  Multiple locations

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May 26–27, 2017

Colombian American 45th Anniversary Gala

Join us in celebrating 45 years of the Colombian American Cultural Society and the creation of the Dr. Luis F. Torrado College Scholarship Fund for remarkable students from Central Falls and Pawtucket. Cocktail reception, dinner, festive cultural performances, live music by the Gregorio Uribe Band, and much more.

6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.   Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI

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May 11, 2017

Introduction to Scriptwriting

Mark Valdez, writer and director who has worked at theaters across the country, will lead us through an introduction to scriptwriting workshop.  This event is Part IV of a series of community events — pláticas — designed to empower Latinos on how to tell their story to a live audience.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI

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May 1–31, 2017

Latino Books Month - Celebrating Latino Authors

Latino Books Month, celebrated annually in May since 2004, promotes books by and for Latinos. This month-long celebration is sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which encourages booksellers, librarians, and teachers to promote books by and for Latinos and encourage their communities to read Latino books in both English and Spanish.   Discover a new author or re-read a favorite book this month to celebrate Latino authors and the fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, art that they create! By launching Latino Books Month in Rhode Island, it is our hope that Latino young people aspire to become authors, writers and can unleash their creative spirit in words on paper. We also wish to highlight bilingual literature in all its shapes and forms.

  Statewide. Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St, Pawtucket, RI. 

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Apr 3, 2017

The Fundamentals of Storytelling

Valerie Tutson of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) will lead a workshop on best practices and the art of storytelling.  This event is Part III of a series of community events — pláticas — designed to empower Latinos on how to tell their story to a live audience. You will learn the difference between cultural storytelling and personal story sharing. Both can be powerful, but they are different art forms.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI

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Mar 16, 2017

Introductory Workshop on Best Practices of Oral History

Marta V. Martínez, Director of Nuestras Raíces: Latino Oral Histories of Rhode Island, will lead a workshop on best practices and the fundamentals of oral history interviews.  This event is Part II of a series of community events — pláticas — designed to empower Latinos on how to tell their story to a live audience. You will learn the difference between traditional oral histories and collecting personal stories. Both can be powerful, but they are different art forms. Mandatory for participants in all five workshops

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI

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Mar 15, 2017

Presentation by bilingual children's author Amada Irma Pérez

Amada Irma Pérez will discuss how she incorporates her own life into her books and will answer questions from the audience. Some of her books will be available for purchase. Currently living in Ventura, California, Amada Irma Pérez was a kindergarten through university teacher for 25 years before she wrote her first autobiographical fiction bilingual picture book My Very Own Room/Mi Proprio Cuartito in 2000. She has since published From Her to There/Mi Diario de Aqui Hasta Allá and Nana’s Big Surprise/Nana, ¡Que Sorpresa! She has won numerous awards and is an advocate for encouraging multicultural understanding through universal themes. 

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   International Charter School Community Room, 334 Pleasant Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Mar 9, 2017

The Vernons of Newport in the River of Silver: US Slave Trading in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, 1795-1809

US merchants brought slaves not just to the Caribbean and the North American colonies in the 18th century, but also to labor in South America. American merchants (almost all Rhode Islanders) played a significant role in the trade of slaves from Africa to the Río de la Plata in Argentina and Bolivia. While most enslaved Africans arrived in Buenos Aires and Montevideo via Brazil, American traders brought more slaves directly from Africa to the Río de la Plata than any other nation in this period. On Thursday March 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm, the Newport Historical Society will host Alex Borucki for The Vernons of Newport in the River of Silver: US Slave Trading in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, 1795-1809. This lecture examines the trading operations of the Vernons of Newport in the Río de la Plata region (The River of Silver) in today’s Argentina and Uruguay, as a window into the slave routes organized by US merchants supplying Spanish Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the 1790s and 1800s. Alex Borucki is Associate Professor of History at the University of California Irvine. He is the author of From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in the Río de la Plata (University of New Mexico Press, 2015) and has published numerous articles on the slave trade and the African Diaspora. Alex is currently working on an NEH funded project, the Final Passages: the Intra-American Slave Trade Database, which will document individual shipments that transferred enslaved people between territories in the Americas.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI

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Mar 9, 2017

Policy & Pinot: Sanctuary Cities Under President Trump

POLICY & PINOT, co-presented with RI Public Radio: a timely conversation series on vital issues facing our state. Mayor Jorge Elorza and State Rep. John Edwards join a panel discussion on “sanctuary cities,” defining what a sanctuary city is, how the definition varies in different cities, and what the risks may be under the new administration. The conversation will be moderated by John Dankosky, Editor of the New England News Collaborative.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   Providence Athenaeum,  251 Benefit St

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Mar 8, 2017

Central America: The Region of Those Who Flee

Óscar Martínez, an award-winning journalist, will discuss the pressing issues surrounding Central American immigration. From the civil wars of the late 20th century to the continuing violence of the present day, northern Central America has been a region that expels its very own people. Largely because of this fact, migration is a phenomenon that shapes these societies. To flee from the bloody situations that they are experiencing, many migrants have to face a journey that is equally terrible.

Óscar Martínez writes for ElFaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America. The original edition of his book Los migrantes que no importan was published in 2010 by Icaria and El Faro, with a second edition by Mexico’s sur+ Ediciones in 2012. Martínez is currently writing chronicles and articles for El Faro’s project, Sala Negra, investigating gang violence in Latin America. In 2008, Martínez won the Fernando Benítez National Journalism Prize in Mexico, and in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA

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Mar 1, 2017

Birss Memorial Series Lecture: Gabriel García Márquez and 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'

The 17th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series and Library Exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of "One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez. Maria Helena Rueda, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Smith College, will deliver the keynote lecture. The library exhibition, “Gabriel García Márquez and ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’” is open daily through March 31 during the library's operating hours. Items are on display courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Redwood Library and others.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.   Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Roger Williams University Library, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 

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Feb 25–26, 2017

Dominican Students at Brown Present: Carnaval 2017

Have you ever been walking to class and wished you were in the Carribean celebrating Carnaval instead? While we can't book your flights, we can bring Carnaval to Brown.  Join the coro hosted by Domincan Students @ Brown on Feb 25th for a night fullied with delicious food, good music, sexy people, and amazing performances! Come dressed in formal attire, be ready to spend the first part of event taking pictures at our back drop with the most Dominican props we could think of, playing domino (probably the most popular game on the island), and admiring Dominican art displayed around the room. After dinner and performances, take some time to get ready for our After-party which will follow our event from 10:30pm-2:00am. We look forward to seeing you all there! 

  Sayles Hall at Brown University

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Feb 24, 2017

Teatro ECAS 20th Anniversary Reception

Please join us for our 20th anniversary kick off reception, taking place this Friday, February 24th at 6PM. It will be a magical night, including live music, a preview of what's to come in this anniversary season, good food, drink and of course, good company. ----- Quiero invitarle a una recepción para iniciar la celebración de nuestro vigésimo aniversario, la cual será este viernes 24 de febrero a las 6PM. Será una noche mágica, con música en vivo, muestras de lo que estaremos presentando en esta temporada de aniversario, buena comida y bebida y, por supuesto, buena compañía.

6pm – 9pm   ECAS Theater, 57 Parkis Ave, Providence, Rhode Island 02907

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Feb 23, 2017

Un Día Sin Inmigrantes Livestream

Learn more about Un Día Sin Inmigrantes on May 1 by joining us on Thursday, February 23rd at 9 PM EST. We'll give you information about the general strike, answer questions, and give you ways to bring the strike to your community. Obtenga más información sobre Un Día Sin Inmigrantes el 1 de mayo. Únase a nosotros el jueves 23 de febrero a las 9 PM EST. Le daremos información sobre la huelga, responderemos a las preguntas y le daremos maneras de llevar la huelga a su comunidad.

9pm – 10pm

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Feb 22 – Mar 31, 2017

Birss Memorial Library Exhibition: Gabriel García Márquez and 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'

As part of the 17th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series and Library Exhibition, “Gabriel García Márquez and ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of his major work of literature. The exhibition is open daily through March 31 during the library's operating hours. Items are on display courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Redwood Library and others.

  Roger Williams University Library, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 

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Feb 16, 2017

Latin American Student Organization (LASO) Spring Meeting

Join LASO (Latin American Student Organization) on Thursday, February 16th 2017 for the first meeting of the semester! The meeting will take place in the BCSC (Brown Center for Students of Color) Formal Lounge at 8 p.m. FOOD to try will be provided. This gathering will serve as an opportunity to meet other Latinx peers or those who are interested in learning more about the Latinx community. Events will also be planned throughout the semester. Everyone is welcome!

8pm – 9pm   Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC) Formal Lounge

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