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Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY



Recipient of a grant to implement Faculty Grant Writing Seminar, Hunter College in AY 2014-2015 with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Co-organizers: Dr. Anthony Browne and Dr. Arlene Torres.

Race and Ethnic Inequality in “Post-Racial America” Faculty Seminars

A Faculty Research Writing Seminar, The School of Arts and Sciences Hunter College 2012-2013  &  2013-2014 (Co-Directed by Professors Anthony Browne and Arlene Torres)Tenure track and/or mid-career faculty, a post-doctoral research associate and a graduate student participate in the seminar designed to illuminate how race and ethnicity adversely impact opportunities for Latinos and Blacks. The intervention helps to foster creativity and a community of scholars that promote the advancement of research and publication. See the link at the top of the page. Highlights of  some of the guest speakers and seminar outcomes are presented.

Selected Course Offerings

Race, Ethnicity and Community Formation (AFPRL 428.01)

This course examines how the social and cultural milieu, both historical and contemporary, brought about racial and ethnic “difference” in the U.S.  The course examines debates and controversies in the study of race and ethnicity as well as emergent themes and recent scholarly developments. It also sheds light on the ways racial and ethnic groups position themselves and are positioned as racial subjects in distinct and historically specific ways but also in relational and mutually constitutive ways. Other axes of difference such as class, gender and sexuality are also explored as we grapple with the ways by which the structuring of space and place influence community formations.                                                  


Arlene Torres and Norman E. Whitten, Jr. Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, Volume 2: Social Dynamics and Cultural Transformations: Eastern South America and the Caribbean. Indiana: Indiana University Press. 2008.

                                                                          Cover art by Arnaldo Roche Rabel

Blackness in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S.  [AFPRL 390.37/Section .01 Cross-listed with ANTHC320.15]

The course focuses on the experiences of Afrodecendientes (Afrodescendants) in Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. from an historical and contemporary perspective.  By developing an understanding of approaches in the social sciences and humanities to the study of cultural retentions and transformations and the study of race and ethnicity, we critically explore how blackness is constituted and reconstituted throughout the "New World" Diaspora.

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Selected Publications & Other Scholarly Work

Articles   Book Reviews   Editorial Experience