Professor Jerry W. Carlson is a specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas. Professor Carlson is Chair of the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College CUNY. In addition, at the CUNY Graduate Center he is a member of the doctoral faculties of French, Film Studies and Comparative Literature and a Senior Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies. He has lectured at Stanford, Columbia, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba), the University of Paris, and the University of Sao Paulo, among others. His current research is focused on how slavery and its legacy in the New World have been represented in film, literature, and music.
Moreover, he is an active producer, director, and writer with eleven Emmy Awards. As a Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series CITY CINEMATHEQUE about film history, CANAPE about French-American cultural relations, and NUEVA YORK (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City. As an independent producer, his recent work includes the Showtime Networks production DIRT directed by Nancy Savoca and LOOKING FOR PALLADIN directed by Andrzej Krakowski.
In 1998 he was inducted by France as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques. He was educated at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (A.M. & Ph.D.).
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (Ph.D., New York University), is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic literature and culture at The Graduate Center and The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her most recent publication is a modernized edition of Relación de los mártires de La Florida (2014) by Luis Jerónimo de Oré, a Peruvian Franciscan who lived in early Spanish La Florida and in Cuba. Among other books and editions by Chang-Rodríguez are: Cartografía garcilasista (2013); “Aquí, ninfas del sur, venid ligeras”. Voces poéticas virreinales (2008); Entre la espada y la pluma. El Inca Garcilaso y sus “Comentarios reales” (2011) which features her conversation with 2010 Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa; and Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega and ‘La Florida del Inca’ / Franqueando fronteras: Garcilaso de la Vega and ‘La Florida del Inca’ (2006), a collection of essays that appeared simultaneously in English (Bucknell UP) and Spanish (Catholic University of Peru). Chang-Rodríguez is the founding editor of the prize-winning journal Colonial Latin American Review; she was awarded a National Endowment Fellowship (NEH), and has received research grants from public agencies and private foundations in the United States. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez is Profesora Honoraria of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Miembro Correspondiente of the Peruvian Academy of the Language, and Doctor Honoris Causa by the National and Helenic University of Athens, Greece. Her current research involves the early contact period in Spanish La Florida.
Mario A. González-Corzo (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in economics and finance. His research interests and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic developments, the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, and Cuba’s banking and agricultural sectors. Dr. González-Corzo also works as Contributing Editor for the section on Cuban political economy and economics of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) published by the Library of Congress. He is also a Research Associate at the Cuba Transition Project in the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami (FL), where he publishes Enfoque Económico. Prior to joining the faculty at Lehman College, CUNY, Dr. Gonzalez Corzo provided consulting, strategic, and investment advice to global banks and insurance companies in the US, Europe, and Latin America, and has worked with institutional clients to manage their risk exposure in Latin America and other emerging markets throughout the world. His long career in the financial services industry includes senior roles and functions at major firms such as: MetLife, Inc., Pricewaterhouse Coopers, L.L.P., and JP Morgan Chase.
Ana María Hernández (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University) specializes in Caribbean and River Plate studies and is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York, where she directs the Latin American studies program. Her publications have focused on Julio Cortázar, Horacio Quiroga, Julio Herrera y Reissig, Felisberto Hernández and Nicolás Guillén. She has researched the African roots of Cuban music with a Focus Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her recent publications include an annotated edition of Fantoches 1926: Folletín Moderno por Once Escritores Cubanos (Stockcero, 2011), an anthology of tales by Felisberto Hernández, Las Hortensias y Otros Cuentos (Stockcero, 2011), and an annotated edition of Cirilo Villaverde’s novel, Cecilia Valdés o La Loma del Ángel (Stockcero, 2013). With Raúl Rubio (John Jay College, CUNY) she co-edited the arts section of the Handbook on Cuban History, Literature and the Arts (2014), edited by Mauricio Font and Araceli Tinajero of the Bildner Center and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is presently collaborating on a critical anthology of Cuban poets in New York edited by Elena Martínez (Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY).
Carlos Riobó (Ph.D., Yale University) is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultures and Chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at The City College of New York-CUNY, as well as Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies at CUNY’s Graduate Center. His primary research interests are twentieth-century Cuban and Argentine literature and culture. He has published articles and reviews in major journals on Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, Sigüenza y Góngora, nineteenth-century Argentine literature, Ezra Pound, and Italian and Spanish Medieval Literature. He is the author of Sub-versions of the Archive: Manuel Puig’s and Severo Sarduy’s Alternative Identities (Bucknell University Press, 2011) and Cuban Intersections of Literary and Urban Spaces (SUNY Press, 2011). His “Raiding the Anales of the Empire: Sarduy’s Subversions of the Latin American Boom” is forthcoming in Hispanic Review. Professor Riobó is currently working on a book manuscript about the “captive” in Argentine literary history.
Raúl Rubio is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chair of Foreign Languages at The New School. Trained as a Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, Rubio is widely known for his research on Cuban visual and material cultures. He has published a wide-range of studies on comparative literature, film, graphic and decorative arts. Rubio’s research is grounded in the emerging interdisciplinary field of material culture, which examines a wide-range of artifacts, from cultural commodities to the museum archive. Rubio earned a doctorate in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Middlebury College of Vermont, where he completed a master’s degree in Spanish at Middlebury’s School in Madrid. He completed his undergraduate degree at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Rubio is a Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He completed a four-year term (2010-2014) on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and was a member of the 2012 jury committee of the prestigious Lora Romero Prize of the American Studies Association.
Professor Rubio’s numerous publications include: his monograph La Habana: cartografías culturales (Aduana Vieja, 2013) which examines the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century, particularly envisioning how the city of Havana, is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player. He has authored chapters which have appeared in books, including: the Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts – Volume II (Paradigm, 2014); Un Pueblo Disperso: Dimensiones Sociales y Culturales de la Diáspora Cubana (Aduana Vieja, 2014); Living with Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture (Palgrave, 2013); Narratología y discursos múltiples (Dunken, 2013); and Cuba: ‘Idea of a Nation’ Displaced (SUNY Press, 2007).
Professor Rubio’s scholarship has also appeared in academic journals, his articles include: Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (U. of Texas Press), Letras Hispanas (Texas State University), CiberLetras (Lehman College), Espéculo: revista de estudios literarios (Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain), Caribe: revista de literatura y cultura (Marquette University), and Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana (Arizona State University).
Julie Skurski (Ph.D., University of Chicago) was appointed Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2009. She also serves on the Graduate Center’s Atlantic Studies Interdiscpilanry Seminar, Governing Board. Previously, she taught at the University of Michigan in the departments of Anthropology and History, and was the Associate Director of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History. Her books include States of Violence, coedited with Fernando Coronil (2006) and Anthrohistory: The Question of Discipline, co-edited. She is now at work on Civilizing Barbarism: Nationhood, Masculinity, and Mestizaje in Early Twentieth-Century Venezuela. Related to this project, she is conducting research on the relationship between secular and esoteric formations of national and collective identity, focusing on Freemasonry and popular religiosity in Venezuela and Cuba. She has also been working on the artistic work and political vision of several popular painters in Venezuela. She is a member of the editorial board of the “Politics, History, Culture” book series of Duke University Press. Skurski earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
Araceli Tinajero is Associate Professor of Spanish at The Graduate Center and City College of New York. She is the author of Orientalismo en el modernismo hispanoamericano; El lector de tabaquería (Eng. El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader); and Kokoro, una mexicana en Japón. Tinajero is the editor of Cultura y letras cubanas en el sigloXXI; of Exiliados y cosmopolitas del mundo hispánico (Verdum, 2013); Orientalisms of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian World (Díaz Grey, 2013) and the co-editor of Technology and Culture in Twentieth Century Mexico (U of Alabama Press, 2013). She is the founder of The City Reading Club and co-founder of the Mexico Study Group at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies. Currently, Tinajero is the Book Review Editor of Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World.