Jerry CarlsonProfessor 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-RodríguezRaquel 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 HernándezAna 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 RubioRaúl 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 SkurskiJulie 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 TinajeroAraceli 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 his­panoamer­i­canoEl 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.