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When:  Nov 17, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Community:   New York

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Nov 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)


Join this panel discussion exploring the 1970’s New York activist group the Young Lords, the collecting of the NYC materials via archival records, and the lost history of a NYC movement.

We will explore how we use and make accessible materials for research by and for others, as well as our own research interests. We will also explore the nature of what materials find a place in the archives.

Jorge Juan Rodríguez V completed his thesis on about the Young Lords, which were a radical group of Puerto Ricans in the ‘60s and ‘70s, starting in Chicago, expanded, here, in New York City, and then expanded throughout the East Coast, and even into Puerto Rico. Jorge’s dissertation is focused on Lived Theologizing at the People’s Church: Latinx Religious Activism and the Young Lords.

Jorge’s story of diaspora, language, gender, race, and dis/ability has propelled his academic journey, leading him to degrees in biblical studies, social theory, and liberation theology. Jorge is a PhD Candidate in History at Union Theological Seminary writing a dissertation on Religion, Spirituality, and the New York Young Lords, and also on staff with the Hispanic Summer Program.

Kate Adler is the director of library services at Metropolitan College of New York. Kate’s professional research interests pivot around the intersection of libraries, social justice and community empowerment and engage critical theories of race, gender, class, disability, geography, affect and biopower, and histories of poverty, labor and social movements. They have written and presented on these topics and on Critical Reference. They are a co-editor of Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis, and their chapter examining the library services, immigration and poverty during the War on Poverty and the Progressive era in New York City will appear in the forthcoming Borders & belonging: Critical examinations of LIS approaches toward immigrants. Kate has an MA in American Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center and an MLIS from Queens College, CUNY. Kate Adler LinkedIN

Professor Johanna Fernández is assistant professor of history at Baruch College of the City University of New York and editor of Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Johanna teaches 20th Century U.S. History, the history of social movements, the political economy of American cities, and African-American history. In 2015, she directed and co-curated, ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York an exhibition in three NYC museums. Her awards include the Fulbright Scholars grant to the Middle East and North Africa and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship of the Scholars-in-Residence program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

Most recently, Johanna authored the book on the Young Lords Party: A Radical History, the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party, published in 2020. Utilizing oral histories, archival records, and an enormous cache of police records released only after a decade-long Freedom of Information Law request and subsequent court battle, Johanna has written the definitive account of the Young Lords, from their roots as a street gang to their rise and fall as a political organization.

Johanna is the recipient of a B.A. in Literature and American Civilization from Brown University and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Columbia University.

Johanna Fernandez- Baruch CUNY bio

Moderator: Clara Cabrera, SLA NY, Program Events Coordinator.

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