Noted scholars to keynote 2020 January Ph.D. Residency

Union Institute & University is honored to welcome two distinguished scholars to Cincinnati to speak to students, faculty, and guests at Union’s 2020 January Ph.D. Residency.

Residency begins with the Opening Dinner/MLK Legacy Presentation by Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, on Sunday, January 5 at 6 p.m.

Dr. Vargas

New College of Florida Assistant Professor of Caribbean/Latin American Studies and Music Dr. Viera-Vargas poses for a portrait on campus in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Dr. Viera-Vargas’ research focuses on the intersection of race and musical expressions in Puerto Rico. He is an associate research professor for the Department of Humanities, Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, Puerto Rico. His research and teaching interests include Afro-Caribbean musical expressions, Latin American and Caribbean History, Historical Thinking and Cultural Politics. He is also active as a percussionist. New College is a top Fulbright producer with a waterfront campus on Sarasota Bay. / (August 21, 2018; Photo by Casey Brooke Lawson)

Dr. Hugo Viera-Vargas will present a Lunch & Learn lecture: Race & Music in Latin America and the Caribbean on Friday, January 10th at 12:45 p.m.

“The Ph.D. Residency is a transformative experience for students. The week offers the students the opportunity to further their studies, explore ideas, and connect with faculty and peers,” said Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University. “The UI&U doctoral program is distinguished internationally for its commitment to social justice. Students choose Union for its diverse and inclusive community that incorporates interdisciplinary study in leadership, public policy, social change, ethics, creativity, innovation, design thinking, and beyond.”

Dr. Theoharis is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America.

Her book, A More Beautiful and Terrible History; The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History, won the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Award for Nonfiction. Her biography, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, won the 2014 NAACP Image Award and the 2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians. She Dr. Theoharis has published in national journals and media outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, The Nation, Atlantic, Slate, Salon, the Intercept, the Boston Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Theoharis is a graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. in Afro-American studies and a Ph.D. in American culture from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Viera-Vargas is assistant professor of Caribbean/Latin American Studies and Music at New College of Florida. He is a cultural historian, whose research focuses on the intersection of race and musical expressions in Puerto Rican and Caribbean societies. His teaching interests include Afro-Caribbean musical expressions, Latin American and Caribbean history, race relations in the Caribbean and historical thinking.

His publications include “A son de clave: la dimensión afro-diaspórica de la puertorriqueñidad, 1929-1940” in Latin American Music Review Fall/Winter, 2017, 38:1, “La colección John Alden Mason (1914-1915): Una documentación sonora para el estudio de la historia cultural y musical puertorriqueña” in Musiké, 2015.Vol. 4, núm. 1., “La colección John Alden Mason: una documentación sonora para la historia de Puerto Rico” in Caribbean Studies, Vol. 36, No.2., (2009) ,161-168, “Too Familiar to be Entirely Alien,: The Political and Cultural Effects of Granting Puerto Ricans American Citizenship” in Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity. Edited by Alireza Asgharzadeh,ed. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers, 2007.

Dr. Viera-Vargas received his Ph.D. and master’s from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his B.A. from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

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