Feb. 20: “Tropical Flânerie in an Off-White City: The FDR Boulevard and Colonial Modernity in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Distinguished Speakers in Latin American History Series presents:
Dr. Luis Figueroa of Trinity College
“Tropical Flânerie in an Off-White City: The FDR Boulevard and Colonial
Modernity in San Juan, Puerto Rico, since World War II”
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Texas Union
Governors’ Room
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Figueroa is an associate professor of History at Trinity College in
Hartford, Connecticut. His interests include slavery, post-emancipation, and
racial discourses and practices in the Caribbean; historical film; and the
history of Latinos in the United States. His most recent project, Sugar,
Slavery, and Freedom in Nineteenth Century Puerto Rico, traces the trajectory
of the transition from slave to free labor in Puerto Rico and explores the
contributions of people of African descent to Puerto Rico’s history and
economic development. His new research project focuses on urbanism,
suburbanization, and colonialism in San Juan, Puerto Rico since 1930 from a
transnational perspective.

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