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Speaker: Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Filmmaker and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Moderated by: Laura Pérez Muñoz, PhD Candidate Romance Languages and Literatures, Latinx and Spanish Track, Harvard University
A conversation with filmmaker Frances Negrón-Muntaner on the film Brincando el Charco (1994). The movie will be offered for free through streaming two days before the event to pre-registered participants.
This event is part of the DRCLAS Film Series: Are we there yet? A Film Series on Queer Futures
Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. She is the recipient of Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships as well as a Social Science Research Council and Andy Warhol Foundation grants. She is the author of Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (winner, 2004 CHOICE Award), and the editor of several books, including Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Nationalism and Colonialism; None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era, and Sovereign Acts. Among Negrón-Muntaner's films are AIDS in the Barrio, Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican, and War for Guam. She is currently completing various films, including on Valor y Cambio, her award-winning just economy public art installation of the same name, and writing an intellectual biography on Arthur Schomburg. Negrón-Muntaner is also a founding board member and past chair of NALIP, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and the founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activist archive at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript. She has received various recognitions, including the United Nations' Rapid Response Media Mechanism designation as a global expert in the areas of mass media and Latin/o American studies (2008); the Lenfest Award, one of Columbia University's most prestigious recognitions for excellence in teaching and scholarship (2012), an inaugural OZY Educator Award (2017), the Latin American Studies Association’s Frank Bonilla Public Intellectual Award (2019), the Premio Borimix from the Society for Educational Arts in New York (2019), and the Bigs & Littles Impact Award (2020) for her work as a mentor, artist, and scholar. She also served as the director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race from 2009-2016.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Laura Pérez Muñoz completed their BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and pursued her MFA in Writing at Pratt University in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Laura is a 5th year doctoral student at RLL Spanish & Latinx Track. Their research focuses on the queer dictions of Puerto Rican literature and poetry, decolonial studies, Caribbean and Latin-American diaspora studies, immigration, border theory, feminism, performance, and visual narratives.